8 Amazing Uses for Butter

Not only is butter found in your favorite meals, dishes and desserts; it’s also a great multi-use tool for food preservation, cleaning, medical needs and more.

Check out these eight ideas on how you can use butter to help save time and money. These ideas will help you become more self-reliant and prepared.

Keep Mold Off Cheese
Is your cheese growing moldy too quickly? Rub it in butter! Lay a thin coat of butter on semi-hard cheese before you re-wrap it and it will help extend the shelf life of the cheese.

Foot Ache
Butter usesAfter a long day of walking, soothing your feet is a must! Massage your feet with butter, wrap them in a damp, hot cloth and let them sit for 10 minutes. Your feet might smell a little like popcorn but they’ll feel great!

Removing Sap
If you’ve been out working the yard, cutting down trees, you’ll probably have sap all over your hands and arms. Picking off this sap can take a long time, but butter can help you get it off quickly. Rub your hands and arms with butter and the gunky black sap will wash right off with soap and water.

Fresh Onions
Butter is a great way to keep onions fresh for longer. Many times a recipe calls for a half an onion but you still want to keep the other half. By rubbing the cut side of the onion in butter and wrapping the end with aluminum foil, the onion will stay fresh longer while it’s in the fridge.

Cut Sticky Items
Rubbing butter on knife blades or scissors is a great way to cut through sticky things like figs or marshmallows. The butter will act as a lubricant and keep other things from sticking to the blade. You can also use melted butter on spoons when you’re spreading food in a pan. This is great for spreading Rice Krispy Treats in a pan without having them stick to the spoon.

Shoveling Snow
By rubbing your snow shovel with a thin layer of butter, the snow won’t collect on the sides. The fats in the butter will form a water-resistant barrier that will keep snow from collecting on your shovel and help you move quickly through the snow.

Repair Dinged Up Candles
Have you ever unpacked holiday candles and somehow they got scrapped or dinged? Rub 1/2 tsp of butter on your hands and then run your greasy hands over the candles. The friction will remove dust and grime while the fats in the milk will bring moisture back to the candle. This will give them a glossy sheen making them look nice.

Fishy Smell
An afternoon of fishing and cleaning can make your smell pretty strongly. By rubbing your hands with butter and then washing with soap and water, it will get rid of that fishy smell.

Your Uses
What do you use butter for? Comment below to tell us your thoughts and give some advice to others. Spread the word and help others become more self-sufficient.

25 thoughts on “8 Amazing Uses for Butter”

  • Organic Democracy
    Organic Democracy May 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I actually use cheap cooking spray on my snow shovel. It's cheaper than butter and easier to apply.

  • KRis

    Butter is NOT good for burns. Also, butter is expensive! Oils like olive or some cheap vegetable often works just as well especially with sap removal. Butter does not travel well when camping! And I'm not sure about butter and onions and foil. A good seal with plastic wrap always works best for me with maintaing any cut produce be it onions or anything that oxidizes quickly (bananas, avacados,etc.)

  • OCDAN7

    How did 'Popcorn' not make this list?
    Negligence! ;)

  • Brooks A. Mick
    Brooks A. Mick May 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

    No new use for butter, but agree cheap veg oils as good for above. Save butter for cooking. I have used a spray bottle filled with plain vinegar for many years as a sailor. Spraying a loaf of bread prevents mold growth and can keep bread fresher for a week or more even on the water. And you don't taste it! Works on cheese too.

  • Linda G.

    Actually, it is not a good idea to keep cut onions at all, fir moire than 24 hours. Bulkholderia cepacea, a potentially deadly bacteria, grows on cut onions. It is the same bacteria that gives rotten potatoes that "deadly" odor. If oyu can't cook an onion within 24 hours of cutting, then toss!

  • Jane

    Chop the whole onion up and either cook and refrigerate unused portion or freeze the other half of chopped/sliced/minced for faster prep time in next recipe.

  • Franz

    Removing tar and roofing cement from skin, hair and clothing with butter has been something I learned from my father over 50 years ago. It's amazing what it will soften and desolve.

  • Paul

    Another amazing use of butter was shown in the movie, "The Last Tango In Paris ", starring Marlon Brando.

  • Hal

    To "Linda G. wrote:" ... WOW!!! I guess (here at 77-Y/O) I've died 10,000 deaths, as the honorable onion is one of my prime condiments and has been used & reserved for weeks-at-a-time in my venerable hand-squeezed-air-exhausted "Zip-lock" bags -- which I'm still trying to figure how we got along without, before hand, and I was part of doing it?!?!

  • Victoria

    Linda G., the bacteria is called burkholderia cepacia. It is a strain of B. cepacia that causes soft patches of rot in onions; it's also found in soil and other decaying plants. Strains of burkholderia found in humans are B. cenocepacia and B. multivorans; they can be found in soil. B. cepacia CAN cause a lung infection that CAN be severe in some people, but it's rare. Obviously people with weak immune systems and/or lung disease are the most susceptible, and thankfully it is quite rare that someone is infected. Transmission? Typically person to person; it can live on sinks and countertops for 2 (if droplets are dry) to 24 (if wet) hours. What is NOT an issue is regular onions – it's the slimy rotten parts that pose a teensy tiny potential threat to people with weakened immune systems (IF they get the stuff in their system somehow). Along with Hal, I will happily continue to eat partially cut onions that I have stored for well over 24 hours, and I would advise you to do the same without fear!

  • Janey

    All this talk about saving onions is bringing tears to my eyes.

  • Vic

    Onions should be used up at the time you cut it. But, if you must save some - make sure you keep it in a baggies and suck out all the air.

    --- It is said, that when some serious diseases were around, that people would cut a onion in half and keep it by their bed. That the onion would soak up the Bad Bacteria's. Especially airborne diseases.

  • Amanda

    The only way that an onion would protect you from a serious disease by just sitting on the ground by their beds is by giving you a little hope thereby creating a sense of false safety that allows you to be calm. Being calm in and of itself can save your life. It allows you to think clearly and quickly. On the other hand a false sense of safety can cause you to be lax in your safety measure.

    GL with that Onion ....

  • Tina

    I give my cats butter ever so often to help with hairballs. Seems to work!

  • Susan

    what ever happened to the button that let you print the articles easily?

    From The Ready Store:
    Hey Susan! The button is still available. It is located on the sidebar. The orange icon with the printer on it. Hope that helps!

  • richard harrell
    richard harrell October 19, 2013 at 3:23 am

    These are the kind of common sense uses from down to earth people that i do not mind reading, tips like these that are USEFUL to people is what we need more of !!thanks for the info. I also like the cooking spray as well as the tar comment are very real world,down to earth uses, i likem'.

  • Bean Bagger

    Also if you are hungry and you put a little butter in your mouth you'll find it taste real good!

  • Bon

    Does this advice work with butter powder, or do you need to reconstitute to make burger first? For instance, can I dust shovel with butter powder?

  • Bon

    Sorry, auto correct got me again. Burger above meant to be butter.

  • Jeff Greenspan

    How about those butterflies, folks? They are beautiful just to look at. I don't know how their got their name, but it must have something to do with butter. I'm just saying...

  • Sue

    Speaking of butterflies: We moved into our brand new house 4 days before Thanksgiving. We had wallpapered all the rooms prior to builders finishing them.

    My husband, being a decent of Will Rogers suddenly said at the Thanksgiving table - anyone ever seen a butter fly? You guessed it - he tossed the butter dish and off flew the butter smack on the newly wallpapered dining room wall. It was just too funny to be angry over.

  • Sue

    Correction * That was meant to say decendent . .

  • Fashionista Emily
    Fashionista Emily November 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I Made a candle with it go to instructables.Com and type in butter Candle and you will find one.

  • don

    Don't waste good butter for anything not food-related! Instead, use cheap cooking oil spray or keep a can of vegetable shortening on hand for other tasks.

  • Shirley

    Regarding Butterflies. They were meant to be called "Flutterbys, but someone mis-heard and printed Butterflies and the name stuck. You must admit, Flutterbys makes more sense.

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