13 Surprisingly Crafty Uses for Mayonnaise That Don’t Involve Food

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It is tasty; it’s a blend of eggs, oil, and vinegar, it’s something many of us can’t live without – in our sandwiches, as dips, and in our salads. You guessed right! It is Mayonnaise!

But is this delicious goodness just for salads or sandwiches? Not at all. The surprising thing is that there are a number of ways to use it around the house, for everything from stain removal to hair conditioning. Here is a list of 13 different uses for mayonnaise you’ll want to try.

Basic Tips and Tricks

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Squeaky Hinges
You know that annoying sound you hear when your hinges need a little oil? A squeaky hinge can drive anyone up a wall! So, at the first sign of a squeak, treat the hinge with a small amount of mayonnaise. Just slather it onto the hinge using your finger, then open and shut the object several times to get it worked into the hinge. Then just use a paper towel or clean cloth to wipe up any excess mayonnaise.

Bring on the Shine in Your Stainless Steel
You are just about to restore life to your stainless-steel again with that mayonnaise sitting in your fridge.  If your stainless steel is showing more fingerprints and smudges than shine, just grab a clean cloth and your trusty jar of mayonnaise. Place a small dab of mayo onto the cloth, and use it to wipe your stainless-steel appliances until the marks are gone and the shine is restored.

Reuse Old Containers by Removing Sticker Residue
If you love repurposing old containers in new and useful ways like most people, then this is for you. We know that getting the old stickers off can be challenging. And this is when mayonnaise comes in. Using mayonnaise can help make the process significantly easier (though it does require a bit of patience.)

Remove as much of the sticker as you can, then cover the remaining sticker and residue with a thick layer of mayonnaise. Let it sit for a few minutes so the fat in the mayo can start to dissolve the adhesive. When the adhesive has dissolved enough, just rub the rest of the sticker residue off with your fingers or a sponge.

Restore Dull Jewellery


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Give your silver jewellery a quick polish with a bit of mayo! The acid of the lemon and/or vinegar in the mayo will remove tarnish and add a lovely shine to your jewellery.

Clean Up Tar
It can be a huge pain to try and remove tar and sap from your car, but you can do it easily using mayo! Just cover the tar or sap spot with a layer of mayo, and let it sit for several minutes. Wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Beauty and Health

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Fantastic Natural Lice Killer  
Yes, you read right! Mayonnaise scalp treatment is a great way to kill head lice naturally. Apply a layer of mayo all over the scalp at bedtime, then cover with a shower cap and go to sleep. In the morning, comb the hair, wash thoroughly, and your head will be free of lice!

A Go-to Manicure Treatment

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Before your next home manicure, try soaking your nails in a shallow dish of mayo. The mayo will soften and moisturize your cuticles, and your nails will get a boost of protein for added strength.

Set Your Finger Free: Remove Rings
Did you know that you can use mayonnaise to remove a ring that’s stuck on a finger (whether it’s your child’s or yours? Yes, you heard right. Just scoop a bit of mayonnaise out of the jar, and slather it around your finger and the ring itself. Let it sit for a minute or so, and then the ring should slide right off!

Nourishing Hair Conditioner
Using mayonnaise as hair conditioner isn’t new. But for those who don’t know: a mayonnaise scalp treatment can help calm a dry, itchy scalp, and add serious shine to your hair! Massage a good amount of mayo onto your scalp, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual. Your scalp will be nourished and moisturized, and you won’t believe how silky smooth your hair feels!

Super Skin Moisturiser
If you have rough patches on your skin, like on your elbows, knees, or heels, mayo makes a wonderful conditioning treatment! Just rub a dab of mayo onto your rough patches, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse well afterward.

Remove Gum in Hair
If your child or grandchild has gotten gum in their hair, give this mayonnaise solution a try before breaking out the scissors. Just rub mayo onto the gum and the hair surrounding it, then gently slide the gum down the hair strands using your fingers.

Home Uses

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Erase Crayon on Walls
It seems like every parent has to contend with a wall full of crayon art at some point. But removing those crayon marks can be made much easier with mayonnaise! Use your finger to apply a layer of mayo to the crayon marks, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then just wipe the crayon marks and mayo away with a clean cloth.

Get Rid of Water Stains

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You really can get rid of water rings and stains on your wooden furniture using mayo! All it really takes is time. Just cover the mark with a thick layer of mayo, and let it sit there for up to 48 hours, probably less for lighter stains. (You can cover the mayo with a bowl if you don’t want to look at it or to keep your children from messing with it.) Wipe it clean with a cloth, and be amazed at how the water rings just disappear!

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