Originating in Africa, and being brought to America by slave traders, peanut butter has become a staple in the western diet.

High in protein, peanut butter is a vital part in many people’s diet. However, peanut butter isn’t just a good way to get your daily dose of protein, it has some other interesting uses as well…

1. Giving medicine to a pet

It can be really difficult to get your pet to take a pill. They will fight right until you manage to get them to swallow it. If you want an effective way to get them to take it, coat it in peanut butter. This is a favourite of cats and dogs, and they will eat that pill in no time.

2. Odor killer

Fish is delish, but whenever you cook it inside the house, there is always a fishy odour that hangs around for days. In order to get rid of this, get the pan which you have cooked the fish in, and melt some peanut butter into the pan. The smell of the peanut butter will overcome the fishy smell, and a house that smells like peanut butter is a good house in my opinion!

3. Gum remover

Kids and gum never end well. They will end up with it in their hair, in the carpet, just everywhere. So to easily remove it, simply dab a small amount of peanut butter onto the gum, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe away. If the gum doesn’t come out, try sing some olive oil in conjunction with this.

4. Butter substitute

Peanut butter can be used as a butter substitute! If you are ever cooking a dish that requires butter, try using some peanut butter instead. This will give the dish a much sweeter and nutty flavour. For example, if you are making brownies, melt some peanut butter into the mixture, and you will get a delicious slab of peanut brownie, YUM!

5. Cockroach catcher

When you have finished a jar of peanut butter, lay it on its side near where you believe the cockroaches to be hiding. They will then walk into the peanut butter jar in order to get a delicious sweet treat, but will be trapped in their peanutty graves! When you have captured a few bugs, put the lid on and throw them out!

Tell us some unconventional ways that you use peanut butter below!
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  • Getting rid of the smell of fish is an excellent tip that i will have to try.


  • I like the odour killer tip.


  • Wow so many uses i never knew about especially the last one to catch cockroaches good and for pets yay!


  • I had no idea it originated in Africa! And ha, never knew about it being used to get rid of chewing gum. Great hint.


  • I have no great tips, I just love it on toast! However, thank you for these tips. They’re all great, and none that I’d heard of before.


  • Great tips.
    I use it a lot in cooking and baking. Never tried it to catch cockroach or mice, will sure give it a go.


  • Thanks for those tips – didn’t know a lot of them as I personally don’t like peanut butter.


  • Have used it on a mouse trap – very effective.


  • Great cocky trap. Must remember that. Not that we have cockroaches at our place. One ran across the floor once when we stayed at a 5 star hotel! lol!!!


  • I love it with honey and banana on a sandwich personally.


  • A spoonful will cure your hiccups!


  • wow who knew that Peanut had other uses apart from being tasty! thanks for sharing


  • I love the cooking substitute tip, yummy! Peanut butter is my favourite toast topper so I won’t waste it


  • I would never have thought it would work to remove gum! Must remember that one!


  • Perfect peanut butter – good to eat and good for so many other purposes too.


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