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Five Unexpected Uses For Peanut Butter

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Some people outgrow PB&Js after their elementary school days, and others continue to eat them for the rest of their lives. Whether you fall into the former, or the latter, or somewhere in between, we’re convinced you should keep a jar on hand for non-sandwich purposes, and we’re here to tell you why. Since it’s National Peanut Butter Month, Courtland Towers Blog has five surprising uses of peanut butter for you to try out in your Arlington, VA apartment! We’re sure that even if you don’t love to eat it, these uses will remind you why this stuff can have a place in everyone’s heart.

Remove Chewed Gum

It seems like there comes a time in everyone’s childhood where they either get gum stuck in their own hair or they witness it first hand in someone else’s. Does anyone else still remember the horrible sound of the scissors snipping the gum out after your mom tried and tried but couldn’t seem to tug it out? Luckily, this traumatic scene can be a thing of the past. Watch this funny video from Rhett & Link’s Good Mythical Morning to see for yourself that with a little peanut butter on your fingers and a little head massaging, you’ll have gum out of hair in no time!

Fight Kitchen Odors

We assume you’re not in the habit of frying up a dollop of peanut butter after your evening meal, but apparently, it’s an excellent way to fight off any strong odors! Westchester Magazine says, “frying fish or onions can leave your house with a stale and potent smell, but of course peanut butter can change that. After cooking, put a tablespoon of peanut butter in a hot frying pan, and let it fry for a few minutes.” Try this out next time you cook a delicious dinner that leaves behind a strange after stench.

Clean Leather

Your leather sofa. Shoes. Jacket. Purse. Over time, they will all get dry and fade. You might be able to save money on an expensive leather cleaner, though, by using peanut butter instead! Lifehack suggests to “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.”

Trust us on this one, it really works, and it works really well!

Remove Stuck Labels

Listverse describes our sentiments about sticky price tags perfectly: “despite the major advances in science in recent years, no one seems to have managed to invent a label that can be removed easily without leaving any glue behind. Fortunately, we have peanut butter. Rub some of the tasty spread on the label glue and rub with a cloth – it works brilliantly.”

Thanks to peanut butter, you can say goodbye to the familiar discomfort of that sticky dirty label residue on so many of your household items!

Seal Your Ice Cream Cone

It’s a sad day when your favorite ice cream starts to slowly drip out of the bottom of your homemade waffle cone. Next time, Wise Bread suggests you “put a big blob of peanut butter… into the bottom of the cone... Now, the melting ice-cream won't make the cone soggy or leaky, and you'll have a delicious extra treat when you reach the bottom.”

With this tip, you can seal in all your precious ice cream and add a bit of peanut buttery goodness to the last bit of your treat!

Thanks for reading our post today. We hope your National Peanut Butter Lovers month starts of nicely with these fun suggestions!