8 Wild Ways to Use Peanut Butter to Tackle Common Tackle Household Chores

Put down the bread and push the jelly aside. These genius uses for peanut butter outside the kitchen would make George Washington Carver proud.

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Run out of shampoo? Peanut butter can be used as everything from a room deodorizer to a shampoo.

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Peanut butter is dynamite in a range of recipes from smoothies to sauces. You can smear PB on a sandwich with jelly and fluff, layer into a cake or eat it straight from the jar with a spoon or a finger. But peanut butter has uses that go beyond the kitchen. That's right, this incredible spreadable isn't just for eating anymore.

George Washington Carver may have devised more than 700 uses for the stuff, but here are a few he missed. 

For most of the peanut butter uses below you'll want to use a plain, smooth flavor. There's no need to spurge on fancy stuff either, save the all-natural, organic peanut butter for your next snack attack.

Below you'll find eight surprising ways use peanut butter for common household tasks.
For more household tips, learn how to a cheeseburger in the air fryer and the worst places to put your Alexa speaker.

1. Pest control

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Save the cheese for happy hour snacking and smear a little pb on the trap.

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Forget cheese -- to catch mice or rats, use peanut butter.  You can bait a mousetrap with it or just leave some goober goo on a plate: Peanut butter is a natural anticoagulant, so when the rodent eats some, that disrupts its normal blood-clotting function, killing it. 

If you have an ant problem, you can mix two teaspoons of peanut butter with a teaspoon of borax and half a teaspoon of baking soda. The ants will take the deadly mixture back to the colony, killing other ants. And if that doesn't work, this peppermint spray will keep mice at bay.

2. Leather cleaner

As anyone who has opened a jar knows, peanut butter is naturally oily. That makes it a good emollient for buffing purses, sofas and other leather goods. Just apply a dollop to a soft cloth and wipe the leather in a circular motion until it shines.
Pro tip: Peanut butter is also claimed to be great for getting scratches out of woodwork.

3. Shampoo

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Peanut butter is rich in oil that can give hair a lustrous glow.

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We all know peanut butter can get gum out of hair. But because it's high in magnesium, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, it can make hair follicles stronger and thicker.
Carver patented a peanut-based hair tonic, as well as a face cream, pomade and hand lotion. His concoctions may no longer be available, but you can still buy peanut butter shampoos, conditionershair masks and oils, or apply the spread directly to your tresses. 

4. Room deodorizer

If the smell of dinner is permeating every nook and cranny of your house, try heating up a tablespoon of peanut butter in a pan. Let it sizzle for a minute and the aroma should be replaced with a mild, but nutty scent.

5. Shaving cream

Peanut butter as shaving cream? Yep, the natural oils in peanut butter work as an effective barrier between your skin and a razor blade. (And they double as a good moisturizer.) Apply some smooth peanut butter to your face, leg or other body parts, shave normally and then wash it off. Just remember not to eat it.

6. Lubricant

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Window jammed? Don't use jam. Yet again, it's peanut butter to the rescue.

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Peanut butter can also help with a squeaky hinge, stuck window sill or other household jam. (No pun intended.) Just dab a little on the stuck part and wipe it clean.
It can also be used to lubricate engine valves and will get glue, gum or other sticky substances out of carpet or fabric.

7. Windshield cleaner

Run out of windshield wiper fluid? According to The Family Handyman, just rub peanut butter on the glass and let it sit for about 10 minutes before you hose it down.

8. Dog medication deliverer

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"Peanut butter, you say?"

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Trying to get our four-legged friends to dry-swallow a pill is a fool's errand. Plop that thing in a gob of peanut butter and they will happily take it down the hatch.