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11 Peanut Butter Life Hacks

You know peanut butter is tasty, but did you know you can use the spread as a cleaner? And, believe it or not, peanut butter can also be used to stop squeaks. Here are 11 surprising hacks for using peanut butter around the house.

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Scratch Repair

If you find a scratch on your wooden coffee tabletop or floor, try using some peanut butter. Just put some on the scratch and let it sit for one hour. Then use a cloth to rub off the peanut butter and the scratch should be harder to spot.

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A Lubricant

Peanut butter’s natural oils work as a decent substitute for WD-40. If you have squeaky hinges, just apply a little of the creamy substance and then wipe it clean.

Got a can of WD-40? Here are some brilliant ways to use it.

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Leather Cleaner

Need to clean a spot on the leather sofa? Just put a small amount of peanut butter (creamy, not chunky) on a soft cloth, then use a circular motion to wipe the spot. The natural oils in the cream substance work to dissolve the spot and shine the leather.

Here are some more tips on how to clean furniture stains with natural products.

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Bug Repellent

Next time you have ants, use this natural solution: Mix 2-teaspoons peanut butter with 1-teaspoon borax and 1/2-teaspoon baking soda. Ants don’t like the mixture, so just put some where you see ants coming in your home. (Just be sure to keep pets away from the bait.)

If you have pests, here’s the ultimate guide go getting rid of them.

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Eliminate Odors

Someone microwaved leftover fish and now the whole house smells. Instead of spraying some chemical air freshener, just heat up a little peanut butter in a pan and let it sizzle for a minute. Now doesn’t that smell better?

For household odors, try these tips to help you stamp out the stink.

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Remove Sticky Messes

If you spill or drip some glue during a craft project or find some gum stuck in the carpet, rub a little peanut butter on the spot. The natural oils will help loosen the gunk so you’ll be able to wipe the area clean with a cloth. The same process can be used to remove glue residue left behind from stickers.

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DIY Bird Feeder

Here’s a great rainy-day project to do with the kids. Collect some pine cones and cover them with peanut butter. Once they are covered, roll them in some bird seed and hang them from a tree.

You can also try any one of these 14 easy DIY winter bird feeders.

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Mouse Bait

The best bait to use in a mouse trap is peanut butter. (By the way, cheese is one of the least effective baits.) We recommend that you mark the top of the peanut butter bait jar and let your family know what it’s for. You’re baiting the traps with peanut butter and then in the morning you might be spreading your toast with contaminated peanut butter. Keep the bait jar somewhere other than the kitchen pantry.

Here is a whole collection of tips for ways to trap mice.

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Windshield Cleaner

Your car’s windshield picks up all kinds of dirt and grime. Try rubbing some peanut butter into the tough-to-clean spots and let it sit for 10 minutes before you wash it down with a hose.

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Give Your Dog a Shower

Next time Fido needs a shower, use peanut butter to distract him. Just smear some peanut butter on the shower wall and you should be able to wash him in the time it takes for him to lick it all off.

Here are 14 cleaning tips every dog or cat owner should know.

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Ice Cream Cone Sealant

If you’re having an ice cream party and find some of the cones have cracks, just smear some peanut butter on the inside of the cone to help them stay together. The ice cream won’t drip from the bottom and the bottom of the cone will be a tasty surprise.

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Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.