Out of the Frying Pan: 24 Unusual Uses for Butter
Butter, generally speaking, makes life better. It enhances the flavor of many of our favorite foods, acts as a delicious condiment, and is a staple in most desserts. But food isn’t the only use for the amazing dairy product. Take a look at these unusual uses for butter. (See also: More Uses for Powdered Milk Than You Ever Imagined)
1. Aid in Swallowing Pills
No need to worry if you’re one of those people who has a hard time swallowing vitamins and other pills. Just coat the pill with a little butter, take a big gulp of water, and let that tablet slide right down!
2. Nourish Dry or Brittle Nails
If you suffer from dry or brittle nails, then grab a stick of butter, rub a dab onto each cuticle, don some cotton gloves overnight, and voila! The proteins from the butter help to strengthen the nails and prevent cracking.
3. Slice Through Sticky Foods
Don’t you hate when you cut through a pan of brownies and by the third pass, the knife is caked with brownie scraps that make it nearly impossible to continue? Next time, coat your knife with butter first and then try cutting. Your knife will slice through pies, brownies, and other sticky foods.
4. Remove Sticky Residues
Have you ever gotten tree sap on a car before? It can be a pain to remove. Apply butter to the sap and rub with a soft cloth until it’s gone. You can also help remove glue from your hands by first applying butter before washing too.
5. Grease a Creaky Door
Noisy doors can be annoying. With over 2,000 uses for WD-40, you might find yourself fresh out of a can. No need for concern — just open up a stick of butter and generously rub it onto the hinges. Squeaky door be gone!
6. Prevent Moldy Cheese
If you don’t use all of your hard cheese in one sitting, it’s tempting to throw it in the fridge with a little baggie on it and call it good. Too often the cheese will begin to mold rather quickly. Rub a little butter on the exposed portion of the cheese, and it will form a tight seal that prevents the mold from growing.
7. Reduce Snow Shoveling Time
According to this article from Yahoo!, if you rub ¼ cup of butter on a snow shovel, you will prevent the snow from sticking to the shovel. Thus you'll avoid the annoyance of having to always smack your shovel on the ground, which in theory reduces shoveling time.
8. Loosen a Stubborn Ring
Ever get a ring stuck on your finger? Instead of panicking, run to the fridge and grab the butter. Rub it liberally onto your finger, which should allow the ring to slip right off.
9. Soften Your Hands
The proteins and fats in butter act as a natural moisturizer. In the event you run out of real moisturizer, rub a little butter all over your hands (as long as you don’t mind smelling like popcorn all day).
10. Remove Gum From Hair
If you have kids, then chances are you have done battle with bubble gum — either in the carpet or your child’s hair. Rub butter all over the gummed hair and allow it to absorb. The gum should slide out without a fight.
11. Obtain a Close Shave
If you ran out of shaving cream and don’t want to use soap, which can often dry out skin, try butter! Since butter is a great moisturizer, it can be a great shaving cream substitute since it won’t dry your skin and will leave you feeling soft and smooth.
12. Remove Ink From Plastic
If you’ve ever accidentally marked up plastic with an ink pen or have had kids deface their Barbie dolls with Dad’s new ballpoint, then grab the butter and rub it generously onto the plastic. Let it soak in for a bit. After that, the ink stains should wipe away easily.
13. Prevent Boil-Overs
Cooking pasta is fun, but if you don’t keep your eye on the boiling noodles at all times, you could wind up with a boil-over and a mess to clean up. To prevent the noodles from erupting over the sides, put a pat or two of butter into the pot.
14. Condition Your Hair
Do you suffer from dry hair? Is your conditioner just not cutting it? Try saturating your hair with a little butter. The natural fats and proteins will help give a healthy shine to your hair and leave it feeling smooth.
15. Relieve Bad Rashes
If you’ve got a nasty rash, you may want to try coating it with butter a couple times a day. According to this article, you should wrap your rash in a bandage after the second coating, and after a few days you’ll be all set.
16. Shine Up Your Leather
Are you looking to get your softball mitt into pre-season shape? Try rubbing the glove with a little butter to loosen up the fibers and give the old glove a nice shine. This trick can work on leather belts and shoes too.
17. Preserve Half-Used Onions
The other day I cut onion slices to throw on the grill. I only used half. Normally I would put a half-used onion into a baggie and placed it in the fridge knowing that in a day or two my poor onion would be shriveled and dehydrated. Not so anymore. Simply spread a bit of butter onto your onion and wrap it in foil to keep your onion fresher longer.
18. Untangle a Knotted Necklace
If a tangled necklace is giving you fits, rub a little butter onto the entwined area and use a fork or other small pointed item to work out the kink.
19. Remove Watermarks From Wood
If you have condensation rings on your wood desk or other furniture, you can apply about a tablespoon of butter to the water mark and rub it into the wood. Allow it to sit overnight and wipe off the excess in the morning. The butter replaces lost moisture and restores the wood.
20. Massage Your Feet
If you need to appease those “barking dogs,” then grab a half stick of butter and apply a good portion to your feet. According to Reader’s Digest, if you wrap your feet in a warm, damp towel after you baste them in butter, they'll feel rejuvenated.
21. Revitalize an Old Candle
If you’ve ever pulled out an old candle from storage, you’ll notice a white residue on it. If you take a bit of butter and rub the candle vigorously, you’ll begin to dislodge the pale film and the butter will coat the candle to restore a nice glossy luster.
22. Distract Your Cat From Guests
If your cat gets a little anxious when people are around, then distract it with a pat of butter. Rub a small amount on the top of your kitty’s paw and your feline will be more consumed with cleaning her paws than dealing with visitors.
23. Bring Out Your Artistic Side
For those who are much less practical and much more creative, you can always attempt a butter sculpture! Take a look at some of these amazing butter sculpture creations.
24. Accelerate a Heart Attack
As if we don’t have enough possibilities to increase our health risks, you could always try deep fried butter! Not only can you deep fry your Twinkies or your Oreos, now you can deep fry your butter for a “delicious” snack!
What other uses for butter have you tried?