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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 August 13, 2020

      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

      12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

      As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

      1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

      I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

      Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

      Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

      2. What is the purpose of meditation?

      The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

      It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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      Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

      In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

      You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

      This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

      The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

      Less Physical, More Psychological

      Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

      This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

      The First Benefit of Meditation

      The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

      1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
      2. Relaxation of the body

      Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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      Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

      That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

      When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

      When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

      Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

      Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

      This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

      Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

      Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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      This benefit takes you to the second one.

      The Second Benefit of Meditation

      While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

      1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
      2. Observance
      3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
      4. Patience

      Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

      You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

      This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

      1. Energy

      Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

      2. Observance

      The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

      3. Peacefulness

      Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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      4. Patience

      The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

      The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

      Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

      Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

      The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

      • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
      • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
      • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
      • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
      • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
      • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

      These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

      Final Thoughts

      Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

      Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

      Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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      Reference

      [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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