Removing rings

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to remove a ring. Maybe you’re preparing food. Maybe you’ve just gotten divorced. What happens when removing a ring is physically impossible? Don’t let panic set in. Go to your cupboard or fridge and squeeze some mayonnaise onto the wedged area and ease that puppy right off.

Rejuvenating houseplants

Are your houseplants looking a bit sad and lifeless? It’s not just water that can rejuvenate houseplants. Try putting a little bit of mayonnaise on their leaves and massage it in to give them a sheen as you’ve never seen before.

Cleaning crayon marks

Give kids a pack of crayons and something is getting tarnished. Plain old paper isn’t enough for the young scribbler. They have to make their mark by vandalising a wooden floor or door. While this is annoying, it’s not the end of the world. Rub a little mayo on some crayon graffiti and then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Gone!

Cleansing skin

You might have once gotten mayonnaise on your face in the throes of a tasty meal. Good news: you don’t have to wipe it off! Well, not if you want glowing skin. Apply some mayo mixed with a teaspoon of olive oil to your face and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing with warm water. You won’t believe the results.

Remove gum

Gum is notoriously difficult to clean if it gets squished onto your carpet or, God forbid, in your hair. Surprise, surprise, it’s mayonnaise to the rescue once again. Apply mayo and rub it into the gum. The oils will help soften the gum and make it easier to remove.

Fixes squeaky doors

All out of WD-40? Don’t worry. So long as you have some mayonnaise on hand, any and all squeaky doors can be fixed. Simply put a dab of mayo on a rusty joint or hinge and let the oily condiment do its own thing. Within a few minutes, the noise should have subsided! Do make sure to wash off the mayonnaise after a while so it doesn’t stink up the house.

Killing head lice

Lice and mayo sound like the worst combination ever. In reality, if you apply mayo to affected hair, cover it completely with a shower cap, and sleep on it, by the time you make up to comb out your hair in the shower, all the lice will be dead and gone. All that matters is whether you’re willing to sleep with mayo all over your head.

Treating sunburn

We tend to pack heavily when we go to the beach. Snacks, drinks, books, suncream… the works. Next time, however, you should be adding mayonnaise to the mix, in case you run out of suncream or lotion. Running some cool mayo on your sunburn is a surprising cure and one that has an instant impact. Just be sure not to lick it off.

Removing sticker residue

Everyone’s torn their hair out trying to remove the entirety of a sticker from a decorative item or jar, especially the stubborn residue. It turns out that applying a thick layer of mayonnaise to the annoying remains and letting it sit for a few minutes cures this common problem! The fat in the mayo will dissolve the adhesive, meaning you can rub away the residue after five or so minutes.

Hair conditioner

The egg yolk in mayo is naturally moisturising as well as nourishing thanks to its fats and proteins, which makes it an unusual hair conditioner. Simply apply mayonnaise to your hair the way you would with a regular conditioner, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse and cleanse with shampoo.