If you're like me, you've always got a jar of peanut butter around. And if you're really like me, it also takes you a while to get through the whole thing. Well, with these handy household uses for peanut butter in your back pocket, you might be able to get a little more mileage out of it than just peanut butter and banana sandwiches!
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Getting chewing gum out of your hair The oils present in peanut butter attract the natural gum base in chewing gum, helping pull it away from your hair. They also slip between the gum and your hair, allowing the gum to come off with ease. Thoroughly massage peanut butter into the gummy parts and pull away the dried out gum! As for getting the peanut butter out, just hop into the shower.
Removing stickers and sticker residue Whether you've just got a gummy price tag to remove or the Hello Kitty stickers on your kid's lunch box have lost their charm, a bit of peanut butter and a cloth are an easy way to take care of a sticky problem. Just lay on a thin layer of peanut butter and rub it clean with a cloth, and you should have a clean, glue-free surface!
Emergency shaving cream Curiously enough, many folks swear by peanut butter as an excellent, natural alternative to shaving gels, foams, and creams. The oils in peanut butter are supposed to be quite moisturizing for your skin, and come off smoothly as well! (P.S. Use smooth and creamy peanut butter only, please!)
Fixing scratched DVDs and CDs This one might be a little dated for you now, but if you're one of those folks who still loves to keep a great, physical collection of DVDs or CDs, you can repair small scratches in them by rubbing in a bit of peanut butter and wiping it away with a dry cloth. It's easy and works well for most minor issues.
Getting out of a squeaky situation If your tools are getting a bit rusty or tight, peanut butter makes a pretty decent lubricant in an emergency. Its high oil content makes it a great, clean way to put a stop to squeaks and smooth things over once again. Cooking oils in general can also come in handy, but when you just need a dab or two, peanut butter might actually be a little cleaner and neater.