Gotta love peanut butter – Gracie does!

Did you know that peanut butter’s good for more than PB&J sandwiches? Growing up, we used to hide pills in peanut butter to get my dog to swallow them; my parents heard this trick somewhere. Since then, we’ve discovered that it works well for the St. Anne’s yellow lab, Gracie, as well. In fact, yesterday, I was using peanut butter to clean a stubborn spot of the table, and Gracie followed her nose.

Gracie likes peanut butter
I don’t normally advocate dogs being up on furnature, but I’ve got to admit this was funny! (I did coax her on for the sake of a photo opp.)

You see, peanut butter is a great multipurpose cleaner (see below)

Sometimes you’re all out of a common product, but peanut butter will do the trick.  Also, it’s a more affordable alternative to some products. Here’s a list of handy uses for George Washington Carver’s masterpiece.  Peanut butter may be used as:

  • Shaving cream
  • Leather cleaner
  • Mouse trap bait
  • Ant bait (2 t. peanut butter, 1/2 t. baking soda, and 1 t. of borax)
  • Odor eliminator [(e.g., fish) Put a tablespoon of smooth peanut butter in the frying pan (once your dinner has been taken out!) and fry it for a minute or two.]
  • Squeak eliminator (instead of WD-40 on squeaky hinges or drawers)
  • Lubricant (e.g.,on lawn mower blades, saws, etc.)
  • Gum remover
  • Glue remover
  • Price sticker removal
  • Windshield cleaner (bug spot remover)
  • Wood scratch repair (on wooden furniture, doorjambs, bannisters, etc.). Put peanut butter on the scratch and let it soak in for 30-60 min. Rub it away with a cloth and the scratch will be almost impossible to see!
  • CD/DVD scratch repair (for a CD or DVD that keeps skipping, or won’t play, rub a little smooth peanut butter onto the scratch and wipe it away with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Bird feeder (Cover pinecones with peanut butter, roll them in birdseed, and hang them up in your yard. Watch the birds come stock up on food this winter!)
  • Butter substitute (in cooking)
  • Moisturize your hair (Follow it up with shampoo, and be amazed at how shiny your hair can be.)

(These suggestions were taken from: