8 Surprising Things to Do with Mayonnaise

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If you’re whatever like me, you perhaps think its disputed desecration to even think about a sandwich or a burger that doesn’t have a layer of smooth mayonnaise. But I don’t just keep a jar of mayonnaise in my fridge for lunch—it’s also there for practical purposes.

Here are 8 surprising uses of mayonnaise other than being spread in your sandwich.

1. Get Gum Out of Hair

Gum stuck in your hair? Reach for the mayo! Take a bit of mayonnaise and rub it around the gum with your fingers, gently sliding it down the hair strand.

2. Mayo Manicure

Before a manicure, dip your fingers in a bowl of mayonnaise and soak for five minutes to soften nails and cuticles.

3. Mayonnaise Facial

For an easy, homemade facial, use mayo! Softly cover your face with mayonnaise, let it sit for 10-20 minutes, and then rinse off with cold water.

4. Hair Conditioner

For healthy, shiny hair, massage mayonnaise onto your scalp as you would conditioner, then rinse out.

5. Remove Water Stains from Wood

You know those irritating glass marks on your tables and night stands, left by people who left their glass or mug on the wood with no mat? Mayonnaise can remove some of them! Put a spoonful of mayo over the mark; give it a little rub with some paper towels, and leave the towel over the spot for a few hours. The science behind this is that mayo extracts the water, which the towel then absorbs.

6. Care for Your Plants

Ever wonder how every leaf at the florist’s shop is so shiny that it looks plastic? Well, their trick is simple: mayo. They dab mayonnaise on a paper towel, and use it to shine their plant’s leaves, because it makes them look sleek and shiny

7. Use Mayonnaise to Kill Lice

If you’re a parent, there may be no better mixture of words than “kill lice.” And you can do it with mayo! It’s a great chemical-free way to kill lice, but be warned: you need to use a lot. Flap a thick layer on the scalp, and leave it for a few hours: it will choke the lice stuck underneath it.

8. Heal and Prevent Hangnails

Scrub some mayonnaise on a hangnail, let sit for a few minutes and then rinse off. The mayonnaise will smooth skin and help prevent new hangnails.

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