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Make Sure You Try These Life-Changing Peanut Butter Hacks

Peanut butter has long been regarded as a pantry staple for its creamy, nutty flavor and unmistakable pairing with jelly in the classic PB&J sandwich. It is, however, far more versatile than most people realize. Its natural oils, pleasant perfume, and sticky consistency make it an incredibly useful household product. Did you know, for example, that this creamy spread can be used to clean leather? Or that it can help you get rid of those pesky squeaky hinges in your house?
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In fact, peanut butter has a number of lesser-known uses outside the kitchen which may change the way you view this humble pantry staple. We've collected eleven handy peanut butter life hacks here that you could never dream of. Read on and find out!

1. Leather cleaner

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Peanut butter's natural oil content makes it a valuable emollient for enhancing the appearance of leather items, including purses, couches, and even shoes. To rejuvenate the leather's luster, apply a dollop of peanut butter onto a soft cloth and gently buff in a circular motion.

2. Air freshener

If the lingering dinner odor or some other foul stink has permeated every corner of your house, try an unconventional approach by heating a tablespoon of peanut butter in a pan.  Allow it to sizzle for a minute, and you'll find a gentle, nutty aroma replacing the previous odors.

3. Silencing squeaky hinges

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Squeaky door hinges can be extremely irritating, but peanut butter can come to the rescue. Apply a small layer of peanut butter to the hinge, knead it in by moving the door back and forth, and you've fixed your squeaky problem. Peanut butter's oils function as a lubricant, removing those unpleasant creaks.

4. Natural bug repellent

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The next time you have an ant issue, try this DIY solution: Mix 2 teaspoons of peanut butter with 1 teaspoon of borax and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Ants are averse to this mixture, so apply it in areas where you notice ants entering your home. Take care, though, to keep your pets away from the bait.

5. Cleaning sticky residue

Stickers, labels, and adhesive residue can be difficult to get rid of. Peanut butter, on the other hand, makes the task a snap. Apply a small amount of peanut butter to the sticky area, wait a few minutes, and then wipe it away with a cloth. The oils in peanut butter aid in the dissolution of the adhesive, leaving your surfaces clean and free of residue.

6. Bait for rodent traps

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If you have uninvited furry guests in your home, peanut butter can be an efficient and humane rat trap bait. Its appealing fragrance and flavor make it a superb bait, increasing the likelihood that your traps will catch the unwanted guests.

7. Windshield cleaner

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Your vehicle's windshield accumulates various types of dirt and debris. Apply a layer of peanut butter to the difficult-to-clean spots and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with a hose.

8. DIY bird feeder

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Peanut butter can also be a tasty treat for our feathery companions. Spread peanut butter on a pinecone, roll it in birdseed, then hang it from a tree branch. You'll create a DIY bird feeder that not only attracts birds but also provides them with a nutritious snack.

9. Emergency shaving cream

Ran out of shaving cream? No need to panic. Peanut butter can step in as an efficient replacement for a close shave. Its natural oils provide lubrication, and its creamy consistency ensures a smooth shaving experience. Just make sure to rinse your razor thoroughly afterward.

10. Fix scratches on wood tables

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If you have damaged wood furniture, you may be interested to know that peanut butter can help restore its beauty. Just like walnuts, which are renowned for their efficacy in restoring wood, peanuts too can be equally effective. To use peanut butter for this purpose, simply apply a small amount to the affected area, let it sit for an hour, wipe it away with a damp cloth, and then buff the wood.

11. Peanut butter massage

Yes, you read that correctly. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, peanut butter repairs hair damage and provides moisture. Its unique combination of natural oils and creamy texture makes for a soothing massage option. Make sure you're not allergic to peanuts before giving it a try.
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