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4 ways you can use peanut butter around the house

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This article was originally published in the Early Summer 2017 issue of Cottage Life magazine.

When the Canadian chemist Marcellus Edson invented “peanut paste” in 1884, he likely would not have predicted that peanut butter would be the product of choice for removing chewing gum from hair. The oil content makes PB useful in surprising ways. Here are a few that have nothing to do with spreading on toast or tempting mice:

Use PB on a squeaky door hinge. Silence the shrieking—at least until you can get some white lithium grease. Thanks to its oil content, PB can remain at room temperature for months without spoiling.

Remove stubborn sticker residue on non-porous surfaces by applying some peanut butter and letting it sit for an hour. Once the oil has penetrated the adhesive, the residue will easily scrub off.

Clean up greasy hands. The low-grade abrasive qualities and the oil content help lift the grease and scrub it away.

And when your newfound uses have depleted all your peanut butter? There are no better containers for workshop bits and pieces than the empty jars. Thanks, Marcellus!