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10 Uses for Mayonnaise

Mayo is a delicious addition to many dishes, but it can also tackle household problems that don't include two pieces of bread

Mayo: More Than a Condiment

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Who knew that our favored BLT condiment was so versatile around the house? In a pinch, use it to help you tackle these everyday tasks

1. Remove Tree Sap

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Coat still-tacky tree sap with mayo and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe away the softened sap with a clean rag.

2. Slide a Ring off a Swollen Finger

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Rub a generous amount of mayo around the ring. After a few minutes, you should be able to slip it off easily.

3. Erase Crayon from Walls

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Coat doodles on surfaces covered with scrubbable paint. After a few minutes, wipe off the mayo and crayon marks with a damp cloth.

4. Make Plant Leaves Shine

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Bring luster to dusty houseplants by adding a dab of mayo to each leaf. Buff with a paper towel or a soft rag.

5. Banish Fingerprints from Stainless Steel

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Cover messy prints with a thin coat of mayo, and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe them away.

6. Silence a Squeaky Hinge

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Place a dab of mayo on a clean rag and rub it onto a noisy hinge. Open and close the door a few times to work it in, and wipe away any excess.

7. Kill Head Lice

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Before bedtime, comb mayo through hair and cover with a shower cap overnight. In the morning, comb out hair, then shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Repeat as necessary.

8. Get Rid of Tar

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Use mayo to coat tar that's stuck to your shoes or car. Let sit for several minutes, then wipe off.

9. Rub out Water Rings

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Cover water rings on wood furniture with mayo. Let sit for a minute or two. Wipe off and buff with a soft, clean cloth.

10. Remove Sticker Residue

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Dab mayo on stubborn price tags and the like, let sit for a few minutes, then rub off. The oil dissolves adhesives.