9 Surprising Uses for Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise isn't just a condiment for your sandwich; try these who-knew uses from moisturizing your skin to removing stuck-on gum to polishing silver. You'll love these surprising uses for mayo that go beyond just cooking.
1. POLISH THE PATIO
Gently work a soft cloth & a little mayo into your damaged table and chairs to treat water stains on wood. "Most furniture polishes are oil-based," says Allen Rathey of housekeepingchannel.com. "Mayonnaise replenishes the moisture in the finish and gives it shine and protection."
2. SOOTHE DRY SKIN
Ingredients like oil and vinegar hydrate and prevent skin from flaking, says Julie Gabriel, author of Green Beauty Recipes and the founder of Petite Marie Organics. Just apply a dollop to dry areas, let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
3. UNSTUCK PRICE TAGS
Add a touch of mayo straight out of the jar to loosen the glue on stubborn stickers. Let sit for five minutes, then peel away. It also works to remove bumper stickers.
4. GET SILKY STRANDS
Mayonnaise is super nutritious for your hair. Egg yolk, which contains lecithin, encourages hair growth; vinegar exfoliates the scalp; and oil conditions the hair, says Gabriel. Generously coat your locks in room-temp mayo, toss on a shower cap and rinse thoroughly after 30 minutes.
5. CLEAN A BURST BUBBLE
Dislodge a misplaced hunk of gum -- from your little one's hair, on the wall or under your dining table -- with a little bit of mayo. The natural emulsifiers may help soften the sticky gum, says Rathey.
6. GET HOUSEPLANTS GLOSSY
What's a florist's best-kept secret? Rub a teensy bit of mayonnaise onto each leaf with a paper towel; the oils will make your potted plants look extra vibrant, shiny and healthy.
7. SALVAGE YOUR SILVER
Restore luster with a quick once-over with some mayo, then buffing to a high shine. The mild acid from the lemon and vinegar will help tackle tarnish. (Note: test in an inconspicuous place first, just to be safe!)
8. INDULGE YOUR DIGITS
The best start for a DIY manicure is a dip in a bowl of mayo. Before applying polish, rest your fingers in a few tablespoons of mayonnaise for several minutes, then rinse. It strengthens nails and conditions raggedy cuticles.
9. PERFECT A PAINT JOB
To clean up any paint slips, slick a touch of mayo onto dried drips (on doorknobs, light switches and other hard surfaces), then scrape off. A slather of the condiment will also get smudges off your skin -- plus, it's less harsh than using paint thinner.