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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 March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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