Four Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Mayonnaise

Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a staple around the world. Mayonnaise is popular on sandwiches, in salads and as a base for many sauces. Mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of eggs, oil and either lemon juice or vinegar with a few spices added in. However, did you know that mayonnaise has many uses other than food? Here are four things you didn’t know you could do with mayonnaise.

  • Hair Conditioner: Mayonnaise makes a fantastic hair conditioner because of the protein in the eggs and the moisturizing element of the oils. To use mayonnaise as hair conditioner, wash and towel dry your hair first. Apply mayonnaise to your hair and massage it into the roots and pull down through the ends of the hair. Wrap your hair in some plastic wrap or a warm towel, and leave the mayonnaise on your hair for about an hour. Wash your hair with some mild shampoo and style as usual. Your hair will be soft, smooth and manageable.
  • Household Cleaner: There are several uses for mayonnaise as a household cleaner. Mayonnaise can clean ivory piano keys. Rub them down and leave the mayonnaise on for five minutes. Rub it off with a damp cloth and buff with a dry cloth until the keys shine. You can also use mayonnaise to remove crayon marks from walls and remove ring stains from wood. Rub a good amount of mayonnaise onto the stains, and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Using a damp cloth, wipe off the mayonnaise. Stubborn stains may need a second application. Strangely enough, mayonnaise can also be used to shine the leaves of household plants with large leaves. Put a small amount of mayonnaise on a damp paper towel and start wiping the leaves. They will take on a new, healthy looking shine.
  • Gunk Remover: It seems like you never have a bottle of Goo Gone when you need it, but mayonnaise is a great gunk remover in a pinch. Whether you are removing bumper stickers from your car or removing labels from jars for a craft, a little mayonnaise can dissolve the glue that remains behind. Slather on a good amount and let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times, but it will get the gunk off.
  • Manicure Cream: Mayonnaise makes a great manicure cream. Soak your nails in a bowl of mayonnaise for five to ten minutes. It will strengthen your nails and soften your cuticles. After you finish soaking, wash your hands in mild hand soap, and use a cuticle tool to push your cuticles back. Finally, complete your manicure as usual! As an added bonus, mayonnaise is also good for preventing hangnails, and if you get a hangnail, you can treat it with a drop of mayonnaise to soften it and relieve pain.

These four things you didn’t know you could do with mayonnaise are pretty neat ways to extend the use of that mayonnaise in your fridge and maybe save on other products you may not need very often. Substitute mayonnaise instead!