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2X4: Four Miraculous Uses For Mayo

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Jessica
07.23.12

Mayonnaise has been performing miracles since it was invented in 1756, and to this day it’s perfect in potato salad. But did you know mayo can also make drink rings disappear? Here are four magic uses for mayo:

1) Remove Water Rings. To wipe water rings off of your wooden table, dip a soft cloth into a jar of real mayonnaise. Calories don’t count for cleaning! Lightly rub the ring with the cloth until it’s coated with mayonnaise and allow the condiment to sit on the stain overnight. In the morning, wipe the mayonnaise away with a clean cloth. The ring should have disappeared. To finish the project and restore the table’s shine, apply some furniture polish. To learn more, read Remove Drink Rings.

2) Make Zesty Mayo. If you’ve had your fill of that classic mayo taste, add a few new tricks to your mayo’s repertoire with these special ingredients. For a kick, add cilantro mayo to your fajitas at your next fiesta, or make a classic BLT special with sun-dried tomato mayo. If you’re feeling ambitious, make your own mayo from scratch with these recipes from The David Blahg. What else would you mix with your mayo?

3) Erase Crayon Marks. Sometimes coloring hour with your kids gets a little crazy, and your hardwood floors starting looking less-Pottery Barn catalog and more-Jackson Pollack studio. To completely remove the crayon, rub mayonnaise in the floor and let it sit for several minutes. The fat in the mayonnaise will absorb the crayon, and you’ll be able to wipe the mess away with a damp cloth. For more tips on hardwood floor maintenance, read Protect Wood Floors with Felt Pads.

4) Clean Piano Keys. Whether you regularly play Mozart or struggle through Chopsticks twice a year, it’s important to maintain your instrument to protect its monetary and aesthetic value. To take the yellow out of your ivory keys, gently rub mayo into the white keys with a soft cloth. Let it sit for several minutes and then wipe it off with a second, damp cloth.

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