Mayonnaise is a popular condiment to any sandwich because its sweet and sour taste complements most foods. But did you know that this kitchen staple has other uses than your typical sandwich and salad companion? From beauty fixes to household polish, the trusty mayonnaise could be very effective. Here are some alternative uses for this versatile condiment.
Mayonnaise is great for your hair because of the nutrients that come from eggs, which is its main ingredient. Eggs are filled with lecithin that encourages hair growth while the acid from the vinegar cleanses the scalp to keep it from having dry flakes. Lather mayo on your hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
Nail and Cuticle Softener
If you like doing your own manicure and pedicure then mayonnaise could be your digits’ best friend. Before you start your nail cleaning routine, dip your fingers (and toes) in mayo and leave on for five minutes. The mixture would soften your cuticles for easier cleaning.
Remove Crayon Wax On Walls
When your toddler has gone wild on your walls with his wax crayons, no need to fret in cleaning it up. Simply coat the stubborn marks with mayo and leave it on for five to 10 minutes then wipe thoroughly.
This method could also be used to clean DIY paint jobs that have dripped on smooth surfaces and objects such as the doorknobs and light switches. For paint that have dripped on your skin, mayonnaise is a gentler alternative than paint thinner, which is harsh and could dry out your complexion in the process.
Remove Gum, Stickers and Price Tags
Stubborn stickers and tags that won’t come off could be a pain but mayonnaise comes to the rescue. The condiment is very effective in removing the gum consistency behind these adhesives. Just rub mayo directly to the sticker or tag you want removed and let the mixture soak through for 10 minutes then rub out with cloth for a smooth and clean surface once again.
Mayonnaise is a good and natural way to treat head lice. The acid in the vinegar kills the lice that have infested your hair. Lather on some mayo on your hair, cover it with shower cap and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly after. Comb your hair with a fine-tooth comb once dry to remove the lice and eggs. Repeat daily for up to 7 days.
Your silverware at home could lose some of its shine and luster due to wear, tear and time. If you noticed that your silver at home need a bit of life into it, polish it with mayonnaise. The acid in the vinegar and lemon helps fight chemicals that tarnish the object. Use the mayo as you would any silver polish mixture and wipe off excess with cloth.
Soften Dry Skin
The oil in mayo helps keep dry skin hydrated and soft while the vinegar prevents skin from flaking. Simply apply a dollop of mayo on affected parts such as elbows, knees, heels, etc. and let it seep into the skin for 5 minutes. Wipe off excess and you’re good to go.
Piano Keys Cleaner
If you think the keys in your old piano at home are starting to look dirty and gather some dust, it’s time to inject life into this musical instrument with the help of mayonnaise. Just apply the product on the keys and scrub it off to remove dust and bring out your piano’s former glory.
Remove Stuck Rings
If your rings got stuck in your finger and you’re having a hard time taking it off, rub a bit of mayo on the finger and ring and use it to slide off the stuck object.
Soothing Facial Treatment
Facials need not be expensive. The lecithin in the egg gives nourishment to your skin while the acid in the vinegar kills of bacteria that could cause breakouts and acne. It also acts as a brightening agent for your complexion. Massage mayo on your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off the treatment with lukewarm water.
Add Shine To Plants
A few days after you’ve bought your plants, you notice that they have begun to lose their luster and shine. Don’t fret. You could simply rub mayo on the leaves to make it bright and fresh-looking again.