Did you know mayonnaise removes water stains? I don’t often (ever) share cleaning tips on my blog, but this mayonnaise tip is one of my favorites. I was reminded of this trick while packing the house for our move to Arkansas. Once tablecloths, runners and “things” were removed from our sideboard, a few pesty water stains remained as a reminder of holiday parties or family dinners. I refused to take those water circles with us.
Mayonnaise is the easiest way I know to remove them.
Check it out.
Mayonnaise is not only for tomato sandwiches.
I typically treat only the spot, but since our antique sideboard was really looking tired and dry, I applied a generous coating all over the top surface. (Plus, I was trying to use up the last of the mayo.)
After letting the Mayo sit for a few minutes, I buffed it off with a soft cloth. (For stubborn, old stains leave Mayo on longer or overnight even.)
Mayonnaise ingredients include eggs, oil and vinegar (and FYI Hellmann’s eggs are certified cage-free). So really if you think about it, mayonnaise is a natural, homemade polish.
Looks tons better, don’t you think? This antique piece is not perfect, but mayonnaise restores luster while removing water spots and scratches.
What’s your favorite, simplest cleaning tip? With all the unpacking going on this week, I could use it.
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Dorothy Johnson says
I’ve used it, too, and been amazed at the results. Heloise touts vinegar for all kinds of cleaning. One use that I love is to put out a little bowl of vinegar to absorb (I guess) odors from cooking. I especially hate the way fish makes the kitchen smell. It works! Happy house arranging!
I tried the mayo trick on three different pieces of furniture. It worked great on two. On the third, the wood was very dry and now the white marks turned dark. You can even see my finger marks where (i guess) more may was applied! Now what do I do to lighten them up??
Talya Tate Boerner says
I’m sorry you didn’t have positive results on the third piece of furniture. I’ve always had good luck. I’ve heard good things about the Tibet Almond Stick which can be purchased at hardware stores. According to reviews, it has worked when other remedies have not. Good luck!
Misty Goodman says
I tried it at my old table. It worked perfectly. I can`t believe Mayo is so useful. I am going to polish my whole furniture with it. It is going to be one white cleaning day 🙂 It smells very tasty ! 🙂 Greetings!
Talya Tate Boerner says
I’m glad it worked for you! I always have great results too. And yes, tasty:))