15 Genius Ways to Use Peanut Butter

Because peanut butter’s power goes way beyond the PB&J.

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I hope you’re currently snacking on some peanut butter crackers or maybe even a slice of peanut butter cake, if you’re lucky. Why? Because today is National Peanut Butter Day, and the nutty, creamy goodness that is peanut butter deserves to be celebrated!

While I’m sure you have no problem finding ways to eat your peanut butter, did you know it could be used for a multitude of other purposes? It’s actually incredibly handy to keep in your home for all sorts of unexpected reasons, and today I’m sharing 15 of my favorite.

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Use freshly roasted peanuts to make peanut butter at home.

 Kitchen Odor Eliminator

Score Fish

Score Fish

Rid your kitchen of the fish-for-dinner stink by frying two tablespoons of peanut butter in the pan you used for the fish.

 Butter Substitute

Ingredients

Ingredients

2 cups brown sugar 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

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Flynnside Out Productions

If you like the taste of peanut butter, consider substituting it for butter in recipes. The switch works especially well for baking — think cakes and brownies with a touch of peanut butter flavor.

 Pest Bait

Mouse in Traditional Style-Room

Mouse in Traditional Style-Room

Ants scurrying on countertops or mouse droppings in HVAC grilles are signs that you have openings in your house that need to be closed, says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. Check places like exhaust vents, condensate lines, pipes, ducts, utility access panels and garage doors — you’re looking for obvious gaps, signs of chewing or nesting, or ripped screening. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at or don’t feel confident you can solve the problem yourself, call a professional exterminator. Mouse and bird droppings in particular can be hazardous to your health.

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©iStockphoto.com/GlobalP

Humans aren’t the only ones who love the nutty spread. Roaches and mice are drawn to it, as well. To get rid of roaches, leave an almost-empty peanut butter jar (use it up, but don’t scrape it clean) on its side where you suspect the roaches are most prevalent. They’ll be drawn into the jar but stuck in the creamy substance once they enter. To get rid of mice, scoop a large glob of peanut butter on a humane mousetrap. Mice like peanut butter better than cheese, contrary to popular belief.

 Gum Remover

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Halloween-UGC_alc04-little-girl-with-candy_s3x4

As a little girl, I had peanut butter in my hair more times than I can count — but it got the gum out every. single. time. This idea also works for gum stuck on clothes or in the carpet. Be sure to use a generous amount of peanut butter, and rub it in well. Let it sit for a few minutes before trying to remove the gum.

 Sticker Remover

Peeling Label Off Wine Bottle

Peeling Label Off Wine Bottle

Once the exterior has been rinsed, any stickers or wrappers on the bottle's exteriors should become loose. Peel stickers or wrappers off exterior and throw away.

Somehow, it just so happens that every time I buy a picture frame, the price sticker is perfectly situated smack in the middle of the glass. And conveniently, said price sticker has been expertly placed with brute force so that it leaves a lovely, sticky residue on the glass. Enter, peanut butter. The glorious, oily substance takes the stickiness off instantly. Just use a cloth to rub it away.

 Glue Remover

Blog Cabin 2011 Matt Blashaw Gluing Parts of Table

Blog Cabin 2011 Matt Blashaw Gluing Parts of Table

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DIYNetwork.com

This one’s for all the messy crafters and project people — because indefinitely sticky hands are truly the worst. Luckily, the oil in peanut butter works to remove stubborn glue from hands and surfaces. Simply rub peanut butter on the affected area. For severely sticky hands, submerge them in peanut butter for a few minutes.

 Squeak Stopper

Polish hardware.

Polish hardware.

Chances are, the metal hardware on your antique is rusted and tarnished. Our secret ingredient for getting them shiny as new? Classic store-bought ketchup. To use it, completely cover all hardware with ketchup and allow to sit for 15-30 minutes, then scrub with a sponge under warm running water, and allow to dry completely.

Photo by: Molly Winters

Molly Winters

Once again thanks to its oily nature, peanut butter works great as a lubricant. Use it to quiet squeaky hinges or rusty tools.

 DVD or CD Scratch Repair

Put Away Loose CDs

Put Away Loose CDs

Photo by: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fix a scratched CD or DVD with a small amount of creamy peanut butter. Rub a dab on the scratch, and wipe it off with a dry cloth.

 Wood Scratch Repair

tips for restoring furniture

tips for restoring furniture

From the kitchen table to the stair railing, wood in the home definitely takes a beating. Fix wood scratches by applying creamy peanut butter and letting it sit for an hour. Wipe it away with a dry cloth, and notice a major improvement in appearance.

 Leather Cleaner and Shiner

Contemporary Great Room With Brown Leather Sofas

Contemporary Great Room With Brown Leather Sofas

For a family with three boys under the age of 12, a sprawling family center that opens out to the backyard was just the ticket. “An open-plan living made sense to them as they really wanted a room that would be the "heart" of the home and where they could all gather together and interact with each other, even if they are doing different activities,” says designer Nelly Reffet of Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design. To give the space an inviting feel, Reffet took care with her choices of color and material. “One of the possible downsides of open-plan living, especially in contemporary homes, is that the room may feel a little cold and impersonal,” she says. “Using ‘warm’ or earthy materials and/or colors, as well as a mix of textures is a great way to balance this, and to create a more lived-in space.”

Photo by: Nelly Reffet, Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design; Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography

Nelly Reffet, Twinkle & Whistle Interior Design; Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography

Wood isn’t the only victim of scratches in the home. Have leather furniture? Grab your creamy peanut butter, and rub out those scratches until your leather looks shiny again. Rub in circles, and remove the peanut butter with a buffing cloth. (Tip: If you find the smell of peanut butter unpleasant, mix it with perfumed oil.)

 Windshield Cleaner

Hanging Car Wash Bucket

Hanging Car Wash Bucket

Flat-backed feed buckets aren’t just for feeding horses. They are perfect for storing car wash supplies right on the wall. Hang using a picture hanger for easy transport from the garage to the driveway.

Photo by: Melissa George

Melissa George

Remove the stubborn bug residue from your windshield with peanut butter. Let the peanut butter sit for 10-15 minutes before spraying the windshield down with a hose. Bye-bye, bugs!

 Hair Moisturizer

Giving her hair the full course treatment

Giving her hair the full course treatment

Shot of an attractive young woman taking care of her hair

Photo by: Yuri Arcurs

Yuri Arcurs

Massage peanut butter into your scalp before shampooing for ultra-shiny locks.

 Shaving Cream

Handmade North Dakota: Cottonwood Shaving Set

Handmade North Dakota: Cottonwood Shaving Set

Storeowner Melvin Faris started working in the construction trade at a very young age and has always had a passion for wood. A few years ago he took up woodturning and it has quickly turned into a growing family business. He gets the most satisfaction from reclaiming a piece of locally grown wood destined for the bonfire or garbage and turning it into a beautiful work of art that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Photo by: Don Hamilton Studio

Don Hamilton Studio

Did you run out of shaving cream? Peanut butter works great, and it moisturizes your skin, too.

 DIY Bird Feeder

Pine Cone Feeder Made with Peanut Butter

Pine Cone Feeder Made with Peanut Butter

Pine cones make a useful base for bird food. A bird treat is easily made by filling pine cone with energy rich peanut butter.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Kids will love helping with this project. Cover pinecones in peanut butter and then birdseed to create bird feeders. Hang them outside for your feathered friends.

 Pet Needs

Cute Dog Licking Her Lips

Cute Dog Licking Her Lips

H. Camille Smith

Have you ever had trouble feeding your furry sidekick their medication? Try hiding the pill in a small spoonful of raw, unsalted peanut butter. Pups also love treats made from peanut butter.

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