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21 Surprising Uses For Peanut Butter

21 Surprising Uses For Peanut Butter

Did you know peanut butter is good for more than just sandwiches? Here’s a list of twenty surprising uses for peanut butter. Make sure you pick up a big jar next time you’re at the store! By the way, if you have a peanut allergy, most of these methods will work with a replacement. Try sunflower seed butter, because it’s usually the natural oils doing all the work.

1. Shaving cream

If you’re all out of shaving cream, never fear! Smear on a thin layer of smooth peanut butter and shave as you normally would. The oils in the peanut butter keep the razor from nicking your face or legs, and also acts as a moisturizer!

2. Distributing medication

If you have a stubborn child, or a pet too smart for his own good, use a spoon full of peanut butter to conceal a pill they need to take. The peanut butter will hide the pill and the taste!

3. Leather cleaner

Use smooth or creamy peanut butter to clean up your leather furniture, shoes, purses, and more! Put a small amount on a soft cloth and rub it over the leather surface in a circular motion. The natural oils in the peanut butter will clean and shine your leather.

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    4. Mouse trap bait

    What do you put at the end of a mouse trap? Cheese, right? Because mice love cheese! Wrong. That’s what cartoons have made you believe, but, in reality, mice aren’t big fans of cheese. They do, however, love peanut butter. (Can you blame them?) Put a big spoonful at the end of a humane mousetrap, and you’ll get them out of your house in no time!

    5. Roach motel

    While we’re talking about critters invading your home, how about those pesky roaches? You’re probably thinking you don’t want to share your peanut butter with roaches, and that’s fine! When you’ve finished up your jar, take off the lid and put the jar in its side. Place it wherever you’ve noticed roaches, spiders, and other bugs. The bugs will crawl into the jar to eat the peanut butter, but their legs will stick. When it’s full, put the lid back on and throw those critters in the trash!

    6. Ant bait

    Instead of buying chemical-laden ant bait, make some yourself using simple ingredients you have at home. Mix two teaspoons of peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and a teaspoon of borax. Apply it wherever you’ve noticed ants coming in to your home. Be sure to keep your pets away from this bait, though.

    7. Odor eliminator

    After cooking fish for dinner, your house smells fishy for days! Why don’t any air fresheners cover up that stench? Guess what works perfectly. That’s right–peanut butter! Put a tablespoon of smooth peanut butter in the frying pan (once your dinner has been taken out!) and fry it for a minute or two.

    8. Squeak eliminator

    Instead of using WD-40 or another lubricant on squeaky hinges or drawers, try applying a bit of peanut butter. The natural oils work just as well as any lubricant you can buy at the hardware store.

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    9. Lubricant

    Similar to how peanut butter’s oils can eliminate squeaks, they can also act as a lubricant for other things around your house and shed. You can use it on lawn mower blades, saws, and a variety of other tools. This is handy because you might not have lubricant in the house, but you more than likely will have peanut butter.

    10. Gum remover

    Kids and gum are a dangerous mix, and it’s inevitable that they’ll get gum in their hair, or in the carpet, or on their clothes. Regardless of the surface, rub a little peanut butter over the gum, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it all away with a cloth.

    11. Glue remover

    If you’re making crafts or doing a project that requires a lot of glue, you’re bound to get it all over your hands before you’re finished. Instead of scrubbing your hands raw with soap, or using a chemical to slough off the glue, use some peanut butter. The natural oils will loosen the glue, so it washes right off. This solution works for other glue-covered surfaces as well.

    12. Price sticker removal

    No matter how carefully you try to peel off a price sticker, it seems to always leave behind sticky residue. Just smear a little peanut butter on the sticky area and rub it off with a cloth. Viola!

    13. Windshield cleaner

    It seems like nothing short of a hard scrub will loosen those bug remains off of your windshield after a road trip. Peanut butter to the rescue! Rub some peanut butter into those stubborn spots and let it sit for ten minutes. Spray it off with a hose, and not only is the peanut butter gone, but so are the bug carcasses!

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    14. Wood scratch repair

    For those scratches on your wooden furniture, doorjambs, bannisters, and more, try some peanut butter. Apply smooth peanut butter on the scratch and let it soak in for thirty minutes to an hour. Rub it away with a cloth and the scratch will be almost impossible to see!

    15. CD/DVD scratch repair

    If you have a CD or DVD that keeps skipping, or won’t play, rub a little smooth peanut butter onto the scratch and wipe it away with a soft, dry cloth.

    16. Bird feeder

    You probably remember this one from summer camp! Cover pinecones with peanut butter, roll them in birdseed, and hang them up in your yard. Watch the birds come stock up on food this winter!

    17. Butter substitute

    If you run out of butter while cooking, use the same amount of smooth peanut butter. This will also give your recipe a delicious, nutty taste.

    18. Ice cream cone sealant

    Before loading up your cone with ice cream, put a scoop of peanut butter in the bottom. It will keep melting ice cream from dripping out of the bottom, and will be a yummy treat when you get to the bottom of the cone!

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    19. Peanut butter cookies

    Ok, so this isn’t a surprising use for peanut butter, but it’s surprisingly simple! And the best part is, this cookie recipe doesn’t call for much more than peanut butter, and will more than likely be the best one you’ve ever tasted! Mix one cup of smooth peanut butter, one cup of sugar, and one egg. Cook them at 350° for 10-12 minutes, and they’re done!

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      20. Popcorn flavoring

      Liven up your plain popcorn with this delicious topping. Boil 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of honey. Next, add in 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter, with a teaspoon of salt to bring out the flavor. Toss your popcorn in this mix until it’s completely covered. Let it cool and enjoy! You can use crunchy peanut butter if you want a crunchier treat.

      21. Moisturize your hair

      It might sound icky, but you can massage peanut butter right onto your scalp to moisturize your hair! Follow it up with shampoo, and be amazed at how shiny your hair can be.

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      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

      4. Feed Your Brain

      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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      6. Write it Down

      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

      7. Listen to Music

      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

      8. Visual Concepts

      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

      9. Teach Someone Else

      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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