1. Soften cuticles
No time for a full manicure? Soak your fingertips in a bowl of mayo for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water to hydrate and smooth the nail and cuticle.
2. Remove paint splatters
Get rid of accidental drips on tile, light switches or doorknobs by adding a touch of mayo to the spots before they harden completely. The oil in mayo helps break down the oils in paint (since oil attracts oil), making it easier to wipe away and less harsh on surfaces than paint thinner.
3. Erase water stains
Don’t let wet marks and rings ruin wood furniture. Put two spoonfuls of mayo on the spot, cover with a paper towel and press down. Leave for a few hours, then buff with a clean cloth and the mark will fade away.
4. Dust houseplants
Take a tip from professional florists: Clean your potted plants with some mild soap and water, then use a paper towel to rub a drop of mayo into the tops of leaves. They’ll look healthy and vibrant for weeks!
5. Rescue dinner
When you’re fresh out of eggs but breaded cutlets are on the menu, spread a thin layer of mayo on the meat (it won’t affect the flavor), then add bread crumbs and fry.
6. Revive dull strands
Combine a cup of full-fat mayonnaise with a teaspoon of vanilla (to cut the scent). Massage this mixutre onto dry, unwashed hair and let sit for 20 minutes, then shampoo hair like normal and rinse with cool water. The combination of oil and protein-rich egg yolks in mayo helps restore strength and shine to hair.
7. Silence a squeaky hinge
If loose screws aren’t the culprit for that annoying noise, rub the metal parts with a clean rag and some mayo, then wipe away any excess.
8. Unstick stickers
To take an adhesive-backed label or price tags off of any hard, non-porous surface, dab on some mayo and let sit for five minutes. The glue will soften making it easier to peel or rub off with a paper towel.
SOURCES: Carol Caggiano, florist, AIFD, PFCI. Bruce Johnson, author, The Weekend Refinisher and The Wood Finisher. Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host, Today’s Homeowner television and radio show. Elaine Watson, global education director, Cuccio International.