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Published March 15th 2013
5 uses for peanut butter you've never thought of
There are some things in the world upon which we can all agree, and others where we are happy to remain staunchly divided. These divisions are what gives Australia its diversity and makes our country such a wonderful place to live. Vegemite vs promite; Holden vs Ford; Labor vs Liberal, butter side up vs butter side down; crunchy peanut butter vs smooth peanut butter.

Of course, those who are in one of these camps knows that their choice is quite simply the only one. And as for peanut butter, I am crunchy all the way. It is the only peanut butter worth eating. As far as I'm concerned, all that smooth stuff is just taking up valuable shelf-space at the supermarket. But rather than condemning smooth peanut butter to the annals of history, here are five alternate uses for the (otherwise useless) smooth variety:

1. De-fishify your house
Frying fish can often leave behind a yucky fishy smell in your house. To get rid of it, simply take a good tablespoon of peanut butter and fry it off in the pan for a minute or two after you have finished cooking your fish. Yes, your house will then smell like peanut butter, but at least that is better than oil and fish.

2. Remove gum
Kids are renown mess-makers, and nothing is messier or harder to clean up than gum. While putting a gum-covered article in the freezer and picking the gum off works for some items (such as shoes), it is not so useful when it comes to children's heads or getting gum out of carpet. Instead, try rubbing some peanut butter into the gum and wipe the mess off with a cloth. Beats a trip to the hairdresser or re-laying your carpet every time!

3. An alternative to shaving cream
Got an important work meeting this morning and just realised you've run out of shaving cream? No problem! Just smear on some peanut butter the same way you would put on gel and shave. Great for faces and legs and it has the added benefits of being cheaper than shaving cream and also good for your skin because of the oils in the peanut butter. You'll end up with a smooth shave and no one will know you ran out of cream!

4. Assistant for pet medicine
Pet owners often despair when it comes to administering pills to their beloved pooches and kitties. I know I've tried to force feed pills to my dog by putting the tablets in my dog's mouth, only to see her roll her tongue around the pill and spit it back out again with a smug look on her face. Peanut butter to the rescue! Simply coat the pill in peanut butter and feed it to your pet. The peanut butter is so sticky that even if the pet realises there's a tablet in there, they often can't get the peanut butter off without swallowing it.

5. Fix scratched CDs and DVDs
There's nothing worse than realising that your favourite CD or DVD has a scratch on it and is unplayable. (Ok, there are quite a few things worse, but still, its really annoying). Once again, that trusty jar of peanut butter will save the day simply apply a small amount of peanut butter to the surface of the CD or DVD where the scratch is, and then wipe off with a clean cloth. Viola!

So there you have five interesting uses for peanut butter. Enjoy!
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Cost: Between $3 and $6 per jar, depending on the brand
Your Comment
I've got to try the CD tip. Thanks.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12388) 2290 days ago
handy tips especially the last one :)
by Joy (score: 3|1908) 2290 days ago
Ha! Fixing scratched CDs with peanut butter! Really? I wonder how you discovered that ;-) Number 6 has got be: peanut butter on your rat trap; just make sure you use rubber gloves when you handle the trap 'cause rats aren't called cunning for nothin'.
by Mark Bishop (score: 0|2) 2272 days ago
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