1. Buffing wood furniture
I’m terrible about remembering to use coasters on my wood furniture, and I always get so mad at myself when it leaves a water mark. Then I discovered that you can buff water marks out with mayonnaise! Simply rub a small spoonful of mayo on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe off the excess mayonnaise and buff the area. Voila! No more water mark! I have actually tried this and was pretty amazed to see that it really works.
2. Relieve a sunburn
Getting a sunburn is no fun, and neither is having to run out and buy an expensive bottle of Aloe Vera. Next time you get a sunburn, instead of hitting up the local drugstore, just look in your kitchen for a treatment! Mayonnaise is a great soother for sunburns — and it not only cools the area and relieves the pain, but it moisturizes the skin, as well.
3. Remove sticker residue
A few months ago my little one decided it would be amusing to put stickers all over the windows when I wasn’t looking. He thought it was hilarious — I, of course, did not. Since I couldn’t get the residue off, I ran out and bought a pricey bottle of one of those gunk removers, and even that didn’t work very well. Then, I remembered that someone had told me about mayonnaise. I slathered the mayo on the stickers, let it sit for about 10 minutes and wiped it off with a soft cloth. It worked wonders! This is also a great trick for removing bumper stickers on vehicles — just remember to use a soft cloth that won’t scratch the paint.
4. Quiet a squeaky hinge
There are lots of different types of oil-based items that can be used to lubricate a squeaky hinge, and mayonnaise is one of the best. All you need to do is place a small amount of mayo on the hinge and rub it in. Open and close the door a few times to work it in and then wipe off the excess. That’s it — no more annoying squeak!
5. Condition your hair
Mayonnaise might not be the first thing that you would think to put on your hair, but it actually can moisturize hair, as well as improve its shine. In fact, mayonnaise has nutrients in it that many bottled conditioners don’t. To give yourself a mayo deep condition, first rinse your hair with hot water so that the follicles open up. Next, massage the mayo into your hair and scalp and allow it to sit for up to one hour. Rinse the mayonnaise out and then use a small amount of shampoo to eliminate the smell. The results? Silky, smooth hair for a fraction of the price of a name-brand deep conditioner.
6. Get crayon marks off of walls and wood floors
Having a toddler in the house, I’ve definitely seen my fair share of crayon-ridden walls and floors. I used to just paint over the crayon marks or try to strategically place artwork over them, which, of course, never looked right. Then I discovered that mayo can actually remove these marks. To get rid of stubborn crayon marks, place a spoonful of mayonnaise on the area and let it sit for about 10 minutes before wiping clean with a cloth. I recently tried this out, and, although my toddler was sad to see his masterpiece disappear, I was thrilled to see that it actually worked!
7. Give yourself a mayo manicure
No need to buy that fancy cuticle cream, because mayonnaise actually works wonders when it comes to strengthening fingernails. Fill up a bowl with mayo and let your fingernails soak in it for about five minutes. Not only will your cuticles be soft, but the mayo will help to fortify those nails, giving you an amazing manicure!
8. Make houseplant leaves shiny
If you’ve ever flipped through a home decorating magazine you may have noticed that the plants featured in the rooms always look perfect and have such beautiful, shiny leaves. Well, it turns out that they use a little trick to get them looking so flawless — mayonnaise! Just buff the leaves with a small dollop of mayo and watch the shine come through. Sometimes I buff my houseplants and imagine that I’m being featured in my favorite home magazine. Okay, so maybe I won’t be in Martha Stewart’s Living anytime soon…but I do have some pretty fabulous-looking plants in my house!