I've Never Been A Fan Of Mayo - But After Seeing THESE Household Tricks, I'm Stocking Up!
LifeAspire Staff 5/25/2016
There are people out there who swear by it and others who refuse to touch it, whatever side you are on, you'll be happy to know that a jar of mayonnaise can be used for several things that have nothing to do with eating. Mayonnaise is a simple emulsion of oil and egg yolks with added optional flavorings like lemon juice, vinegar, salt, garlic, herbs, etc. For the intended purposes listed below however, you don't need any fancy flavors or brands; just make sure it is real mayonnaise without any alterations like "whip", "light" or "low fat"; that jar on sale will do just fine.
Most of these hacks work because of the high content of oil in mayonnaise which acts as a lubricant and a moisturizer. And best of all, this method is all natural and chemical free.
1. Use As Hair Conditioner
This one is a no brainer because with such high fat content, mayonnaise basically acts like lotion for your hair. The oil helps seal in the moisture while the egg proteins can nourish the follicles. Apply about a cup of mayonnaise (depending on the length of your hair) to dry unwashed hair. Then wrap with a damp towel and let it do it's thing for 20-30 minutes. Then take a dollop of shampoo and rub in hair to start breaking down the oils. Lastly, rinse with warm water. According to Naturally Curly, it's a trick worth trying for soft and shinny hair.
2. Get Gum Out Of Hair
It's a matter of time before one of your kids will walk in with a wad of chewed gum stuck in their hair. Before reaching for the scissors, try this tip from Simply Good Stuff and apply a generous amount of mayonnaise to the affected area. The oils from the condiment break down the bond between the hair and gum making it easier to remove.
3. Fix A Squeaky Door
Next time you hear one of the doors or windows squeak in your home, try using mayonnaise to lubricate. It is a quick fix that won't require a trip to the hardware store. For families with children, this is definitely a great trick since it is one more way to keep the pesky chemicals away from your littles.
4. Remove Watermarks From Wood
If you find yourself running for a coaster every time a guest tries to put down their drink on your nice wood furniture then this mayonnaise trick will definitely make you rest at ease. The oil and proteins somehow extract the moisture of the stain out of the wood and voila! The trick is to put a thick paste of it and let it sit for as long as two whole days. Remi Smith of Pin Busters Generations tried this trick on two white rings which had been on their furniture for a while. The results were astonishing and effective. Just make sure you are not grossed out by how the mayonnaise looks after sitting for so long.
5. Relieve Sunburn
A day at the beach or the pool can quickly turn sour if you happen to forget to reapply sunscreen every hour or two. For post sunburn remedies, mayonnaise is worth a try. Putting a layer of mayonnaise on the burn will lock in moisture and prevent it from drying out further. If also helps sooth the skin and reduce the pain. This one definitely falls in the category of Grandma's Home Remedies.
6. Remove A Sticky Ring From Finger
If you suffer from the case of occasional fat fingers (especially when you wake up in the morning) or just happen to try on a ring that is much too small, try something slippery - like mayonnaise. Using it as a lubricant between your ring and finger can make it slide out easily and without pain. MySouthernMoon says to use coat the band with mayonnaise; make sure it gets under the ring and then twist and pull.
7. Kill Lice
Once kids start daycare and school, it is a matter of time before they come home with the case of lice. It can be truly scary for your child to have an itchy head while you try to find the strongest chemicals and pesticides on the market to kill the little buggers. It's time to stop panicking and try mayonnaise as the safe home ready. It works by suffocating the living lice in your hair which then can be combed out using a good lice comb. Beware say the folks at Kids Head Lice since mayonnaise won't do anything to the nits, it is important to repeat the treatment over several days to get all the nits that hatch into lice. The instructions are pretty simple - slather a thick layer in hair, wear a tight shower cap and wait at least 8 hours. Your patience will pay.
8. Remove Crayon Marks From Walls
The folks at This Old House know best when it comes to keeping your home happy. Their tried and tested trick to clean up your kids crayon master piece from the wall is to use a little mayonnaise instead of harsh sponges or chemicals. Rub it in gently before letting the mayonnaise sit for a few minutes. Wipe with a clean cloth and watch the marks disappear.
9. Remove Price Tags From Objects
Mayonnaise can be a surprisingly effective adhesive remover. Even persistent stickers on photo frames and mirrors can be removed by applying a dab of mayonnaise either with a putty knife or your finger; let it sit and then wipe away gently. The trick says Real Simple is to use a generous amount to get it to do the work easily.
10. Use For At Home Facial
We just had to make sure that the last tip on this list was the one that helps you think less about cleaning and more about relaxing. Few things can rejuvenate you like a facial. Next time you need one but are in a time or money crunch, trying a bit of that mayonnaise from the fridge. SheSpeaksInfinity has an amazing recipe for a DIY mayonnaise mask which also has honey and lemon juice. It just sounds relaxing, doesn't it?
Here is a great video sharing some more creative and effective ways to use mayonnaise.
The Mayonnaise Fix Is In
So next time you are in need of a fix for some of life's small problems, try mayonnaise and be amazed. Best of all, no calorie count needed.