Home Remedies using Mayonnaise

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Without mayonnaise, there is no potato salad during the holidays or tuna fish sandwiches for lunch. This thick saucy substance is one of the most popular condiments in the United States. However, mayonnaise has a little secret to tell – it’s more versatile than you think. To unlock helpful solutions, consider all the home remedies using mayonnaise that you may use.

What is Mayonnaise Made Out of [1]?

The thick, creamy sauce or dressing known as mayonnaise is comprised of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice (or vinegar), and seasonings. Mayonnaise is also used as the base for other sauces, including tartar sauce and 1000-island salad dressing. Popular brands on the market include Kraft, Hellman’s and Best Foods.
Mayonnaise is an emulsion, which means that two liquids are mixed, but they do not combine under normal circumstances. It’s like what happens when you mix oil and water. However, emulsifying occurs when you slowly add one ingredient to another while simultaneously mixing rapidly. The process disperses and suspends tiny droplets of one liquid through the other.

The two liquids will quickly separate if an emulsifier is not added. They help bond the two liquids together. With mayonnaise, the emulsifier is the added egg yolk, which contains lecithin – a fat emulsifier. Mayonnaise is made by combining lemon juice or vinegar with egg yolks. After all the oil has been mixed, seasonings are added.

Mayonnaise Home Remedies

The next time you go to make a sandwich, you may need to save a little of the mayonnaise for something else. Home remedies for using mayonnaise for quick fixes and convenient solutions can help with the following circumstances:

a) Remove Gum Out of Hair [2]:

Before you give your kid a panicked haircut because they have gum in their hair, massage a bit of mayonnaise into the section of hair, and let the oils of the product counteract the stickiness of the gum.

b) Clean Your Hands:

If you’ve been cleaning the yard of evergreen branches or just made a fresh holiday wreath, the sticky sap that gets on your hands can be hard to remove. Rub a small spoonful of mayonnaise on your hands and rub together to wash the sap away.

c) Clean Windows:

If you’ve gotten a sticky label on your window, cover it with mayonnaise and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. With a putty knife, gently scrape off the residue. This remedy will also work when there is a stubborn price tag on a newly bought mirror.

d) Healthier Hair:

When your hair is in need of a conditioner with extra vitamins and minerals, create a treatment out of ¾ cup of mayonnaise and ½ avocado. Cut open the avocado and put half of it inside the blender (without the skin or pit). Add the mayonnaise and blend for one minute or until it reaches a creamy consistency (similar to mashed potatoes) [3]. Starting at the root and massaging your way down – work the mixture into your hair. Leave in for 20 minutes, and then shampoo out.

e) Lighten Dark Circles:

To lighten dark circles under the eyes, try a mixture of one teaspoon mayonnaise, 10 drops of hydrogen peroxide, and 10 drops of lemon. Add the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well. Apply under the eyes and leave on for 20 minutes. The recipe will help lighten the skin, but also increase the blood to the treated region, which can help diminish fine lines.

f) Kill Head Lice [4]:

If you don’t want to treat the scalp of your child’s head with chemicals to get rid of lice, mayonnaise could provide a safer alternative. Massage a good amount of mayonnaise into the hair and scalp before bedtime. Cover the head with a shower cap to enhance the results. In the morning, shampoo the hair, and with a fine-tooth comb – remove any remaining lice and nits. To completely kill an infestation, repeat the treatment in 7 to 10 days.

g) Sunburn Relief:

Applying a nice amount of mayonnaise over dry, sunburned skin can deliver relief from the pain. Not only will the pain fade, but your skin will feel moisturized.

h) Bumper Sticker Removal:

When you’re tired of the cutesy saying and the political race has long passed, some bumper stickers don’t seem to want to leave your car. However, rubbing some mayonnaise over the entire sticker can help. Let it sit for several minutes, and then wipe off. The mayonnaise actually dissolves the glue that holds the sticker in place.

i) Clean Your Piano:

Over time, the ivory keys on your piano can attract dirt and grime. To add shine to this part of the piano, dab a small amount onto dull keys and leave on for about five minutes. After wiping off the mayo, buff with a different cloth until the ivory starts to shine.

j) Treat Dry Hair:

You don’t have to spend a million bucks on fancy shampoos and hair treatments when you have a jar of mayonnaise in your refrigerator. The ingredients in mayonnaise can soften and smooth your hair. Comb in at least one tablespoon of real mayonnaise (full fat) – starting at the top of your head and working your way down to the tips. Be sure to coat every strand for the best results. Leave in the treatment for at least one hour. Some people will wrap their head in plastic wrap (or shower cap) to add warmth and keep from staining their furniture. To remove, shampoo normally with a milder product (like baby shampoo or a very small amount of regular shampoo), and then towel dry.

k) Shine Up Plants:

Brighten up dull leaves by rubbing a little mayonnaise on, and then buffing to a shine.

l) Skin Exfoliation:

If you have rough, dry patches of skin (like hardened elbows), apply a bit of mayonnaise to trouble spots – leaving on for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a damp towel or washcloth to buff off the treatment. To lock in the freshness, follow up with an application of your favorite lotion or moisturizer.

m) Remove Crayon Marks:

When your child has decided to redecorate your walls, try removing the waxy color by rubbing a small amount of mayonnaise onto the crayon marks. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes, and then wipe away with a damp cloth.

n) Strong Nails:

When you’re suffering weak nails, add strength by dipping in a mayonnaise bath. To get stronger nails, soak the cuticles and the rest of your fingertip as well. Rinse well.

o) Tar Removal:

As we travel on the road, there is a lot of grime and debris that can compromise the outside of your mode of transportation. Tar is one of those substances that will cling to cars, bikes, motorcycles and other types of vehicles. Mayonnaise can actually remove the stickiness. Cover the tar or other sticky goo with a bit of mayonnaise and leave it on for several minutes. Then, wipe off the mayonnaise using a soft cloth. You may have to repeat this process a few times for tougher cases. This remedy also works well to remove pine sap as well.

p) Wood Restoration:

To treat wooden furniture covered with water rings, you can use mayonnaise to buff them as good as new. Leave a small amount of mayo on the stain for five to 10 minutes, and then buff out the stain.


[2] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin; pg. 427
[3] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg.94.
[4] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 209