8 Unexpected Uses for Peanut Butter That Will Make You Go Hmm (And Mmm!)


Peanut butter — as creamy and delicious as it is — isn’t just a partner in crime for jelly. In fact, there are lots of ways you can use peanut butter outside of eating it. Here are eight unusual ways to use peanut butter that will save you money and boggle your mind.


1. Make Your Pets Feel Better

If you find it difficult to administer an oral medication to your pet, it’s because they don’t like it. Who does? To get it into their system without putting up a fight, put the pill in a glob of peanut butter on a spoon and let your pet lick it off. They’ll never know the pill is there and they’ll love you even more for the special, unexpected treat.


2. Say Sayonara to Your Pest Problem

I’m not a fan of killing mice if I don’t have to — I actually find them rather cute — but if you can’t stand them and you want to exterminate a mouse problem the quick and painless way, slather the business end of a snap trap with peanut butter. The mouse will come — and go forever — in no time.


3. Remove Leftover Label Glue Reside

We can send people to space, but we can’t invent a price sticker that comes off a product without issue. You know what I’m talking about, and it’s especially annoying when it’s left on a gift. To get rid of that label that refuses to budge, spread a bit of peanut butter on the spot and let it sit for a minute. The natural oils from the peanut butter will penetrate and breakdown the adhesive to allow you to rub it off with cloth. However, don’t do this on objects that could be ruined by the peanut butter.


4. Clean Leather Furniture with Ease

Have a mark or scuff you want removed from your leather furniture, rub a small amount of peanut butter on the spot and rub it in circular pattern. Remove the peanut butter with a cloth and then use a non-bleach-based cleaner to remove the peanut butter smell. Unless, of course, you want your pet slobbering all over your sofa.


5. Get Gum Out of Your Hair

How you got the gum there in the first place is none of my business, but if you happen to find gum caught up in your coif, use peanut butter to remove it. Peanut butter isn’t just great for removing gum from hair, however. It’ll get gum out of the carpet and any other hard-to-handle surface.


6. Give Yourself a Smooth Shave

Men, if you run out of shaving cream unexpectedly — which happens from time to time — don’t sweat it. Go to the cupboard and grab the peanut butter. Apply it to your face like you would a normal shaving cream or gel and continue your routine. You’ll get just as great a shave as you normally would and the oils in the peanut butter will make your face smoother than a baby’s bottom. And, ladies, just so you know, this will work for your legs, too.


7. Feed and Watch the Birds

We used to do this all the time when we were younger, and it’s still a cool trick. To make an excellent bird feeder during the colder months, slather a pinecone with peanut butter and roll it in birdseed. Attach a string to the cone and hang it from a tree in your yard or on your porch. All kinds of birds will stop by to say hello.


8. Stop the Bottom Drip of an Ice Cream Cone

Don’t you hate it when you’re eating an ice cream cone filled with your favorite flavor and it starts to melt down your hand? Part of it comes from the top, but part of it also comes from that tiny whole in the bottom of a sugar cone. To eliminate half of the problem, plug the bottom on the cone with a dollop of peanut butter. Not only will you keep your hands clean — assuming you’re taking care of the top like a pro — but you’ll have an added sweet treat at the end.



Mikey Rox is an award-winning blogger and journalist whose work has been published by more than 100 regional, national and international publications. Consistently, Rox writes for the personal finance blogs Wise Bread and Money Crashers and lifestyle sites such as FlyLyf and Swagr. Rox lives in New York City with his husband and their two dogs. Follow his OMG! moments on Twitter @mikeyrox.

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