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Be Amazed with Mayonnaise

I love spreading some mayonnaise on a sandwich and adding it to salads. I always keep a jar handy in my kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to find it has a host of non-food-related uses. This item is so adaptable - it can be used for cleaning both indoors and outside, and can also can be useful in many beauty routines. I also appreciate the money I’m going to save knowing these neat tricks. 


1. Remove adhesives

The natural emulsifiers in mayonnaise help soften sticky surfaces. You can remove the sticky residue left by glue, stickers and even remove gum. Cover the surface with mayonnaise and let it sit for five minutes. You should be able to peel off stickers or wipe glue away with a soft cloth. You can also use it to remove bird poop or tree sap that falls on your car, however because this is likely to be grimier, it might take a few tries before it comes off completely.

2. Furniture polish and water stains remover

If your patio furniture is looking worse for wear or wooden furniture is covered in water rings, mayonnaise can help. For water rings, let the mayonnaise sit for 10 minutes and then buff the stain. It’s a wise idea to try this on a small area first before you apply the mayonnaise everywhere.

For whole pieces of furniture, you can use a soft cloth to rub mayonnaise into the stained areas. The active ingredient in most furniture polishes is oil, and mayonnaise can replenish the moisture in the finish of wooden furniture.

3. Remove stuck rings

Mayonnaise can also help you remove a stuck ring from a finger if it just refuses to come off. The oily texture of mayonnaise acts as a lubricant. Rub mayonnaise underneath and around the ring and twist. The ring should slide off. Stop if you feel numbness or severe pain.

4. Lice killer

Anyone can get lice, no matter how clean you are. There are lots of special shampoos for the condition, but did you know you can use mayonnaise instead? It’s a cheaper alternative lice fighter and has the added benefit of being non-toxic. Using room temperature mayonnaise, liberally apply the condiment all over your dry hair. Cover your head with a shower cap or wrap it in plastic wrap. Go to sleep with this mixture in your hair and wash it out the next morning. Afterwards, use a fine comb to comb out any dead eggs or lice.


5. Conditioner for shiny hair

Mayonnaise can make your hair soft and smooth-looking. It also contains nutritious ingredients - the egg yolk will encourage hair growth, the oil will condition and the vinegar will exfoliate the scalp.

After shampooing and towel drying your hair, comb in a tablespoon of room temperature mayonnaise. Start at the top of your head, and work it down to the tips. Coat each strand and leave it in for an hour. Wash your hair again with baby shampoo, or a small amount of regular shampoo. This will remove the greasy kitchen scent from your scalp. You can now dry your hair. The end result should be luscious locks.

6. Exfoliator

Mayonnaise has fantastic emollient qualities. Not only can it soften your hair, but it works wonders on your skin too. Apply a blob of mayonnaise to problematic skin areas such as your elbows or knees. Leave the condiment on for 15 minutes and wipe away with a washcloth or damp towel. Afterwards, use a regular moisturizer to lock in the freshness.

You can also remove dead skin cells on your face, using mayonnaise as a facial mask. Spread mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. You can wipe it off and wash your face with water when the time is up. 

7. Glossy house plants

If your house plants are looking a little dull why not use this old florist trick? Take a paper towel and rub a little bit of mayonnaise on the leaves. Not only will doing this leave your plants looking vibrant and glossy, but this trick also prevents dust from sticking to the leaves.

8. Sunburn relief

If you find that you’ve overdone it with the sun and underused your sunscreen, mayonnaise provides fantastic relief for sunburn. The soothing ingredients will cool the skin and soothe the burn. Ingredients like oil and vinegar help hydrate the skin and prevent it from peeling.

9. Strengthen fingernails

If your nails are often chipping or breaking, or you feel like giving yourself a home manicure, mayonnaise is your go-to all-in-one ingredient. Rest your nails in a bowl of mayonnaise. Make sure to also dip your fingertip including your cuticles. Let your finger soak for at least 5 minutes. Rinse afterwards with warm water. This solution strengthens your nails, improves the condition of your cuticles, and can heal and prevent hangnails.


10. Fix wood cracks

It seems mayonnaise has endless uses. This last tip is great for aging furniture. If you find that your wooden furniture has small cracks, you can fill in the cracks with mayonnaise. Smooth the top over so that no extra mayonnaise remains. Leave it in for several days. The mayonnaise will release oils and proteins which will cause the wood to swell and in turn shrink the cracks.

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