Step 5: Strengthening Fingernails

There is jazzercise for cardiovascular health, spinning for aerobic exercise, and weight training for your biceps, but what about your nails? How can you improve your chalkboard attention grabber without pulling nails out like a new hire in the gulags?

Try dipping your nails into a mayo bath. Soak your nails, cuticles, and the rest of your fingertip in some mayonnaise. Then rinse. Voila! Stronger nails. You'll be opening bottles and clamshell packaging bare-handed from now on.

<p>First, you'll have to ask your mom if you mayo borrow some Mayonnaise.</p>
<p>Years ago, my daughter got head lice. We spent hours picking through her hair and bought every lice remedy in the drug store. We finally got rid of them using Mayo. The oil loosens the adhesive the lice use to lay their eggs on the hair shaft, and the oil smothers the adult lice so they can be combed out. The Mayo worked best of all the products I tried!</p>
Next time try coconut butter. Works even better. Smells better too!
<p>If you don't want all the fat and bad stuff that's in mayo going into your body, try this homemade recipe from my favorite chef and recipe genius: </p><p><a href="http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-low-fat-vegan-mayo-with-no-extracted.html" rel="nofollow">http://veganfeastkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-l...</a></p><p>If you're at all adventurous, do try it, even if you're not a vegan. It's totally unbelievable. I have been trying to lose weight and this has been a big help - I'm tending to make more healthy stuff and then put lots of this mayo on them. It feels like I'm being bad, but at 12 or so calories per tablespoon it's actually good for me!<br><br> I'll see if the creator of the recipe minds if I make an instructable. This takes about 15 minutes to make including set up and clean up. (The first time may take a few more just to get used to the setup.) It's got like 12 calories per tablespoon, but it tastes and feels like regular mayo. I used just a tsp more mustard, half a tsp less salt, and a tbsp more vinegar than this recipe. Make it just like the recipe the first time to get a baseline. This reaches peak flavor the second day after you make it. Also, after it sets up I give it a good vigorous stirring to give it a realistic mayo texture.<br><br>You can get the cashews at Trader Joes. I use their unsweetened refrigerated soymilk but you can use any non-dairy milk you like.</p><p>You need agar powder not flakes. Here's one </p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Agar-Powder-Ounce-Bottle/dp/B000MGSJ5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433485618&sr=8-1&keywords=organic+agar+powder" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Agar-Powder-Ounce-Bott...</a> and here's another </p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/TELEPHONE-BRAND-AGAR-POWDER/dp/B007WZGP14/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1433487141&sr=1-2&keywords=telephone+agar+powder" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/TELEPHONE-BRAND-AGAR-POWDER/...</a></p><p>I use the Telephone brand but get it much less expensively at a local Korean market called H&amp;Y Marketplace. </p>
<p>&quot;Fat and bad stuff&quot; There's nothing unhealthy in mayonnaise. Just want to point that out. </p>
<p>What are you talking about! There is SOOOO much bad stuff in mayo! I mean, fat? That's, like, totally not one of the necessary nutrients for survival! And lemons? The sun is yellow. The sun is not healthy. BAM, just destroyed your argument! Finally, eggs. Eggs are just like little bundles of goo specifically evolved to be the perfect mixture of nutrients to feed growing chicks. Who wants to eat what your chicken gets fed?! Gross!! (Actually, once that chick gets a bit older, there is no way I want to eat what the chicken is eating.</p>
<p>Maybe if you buy organic. In the average mayo there's preservatives and chemicals that, IMHO, shouldn't be in food.</p>
<p>Forgive the upper case, I just copied from Hellman's web page: SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, <br>LEMON JUICE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL <br>FLAVORS. </p><p>Sharing because I am not afraid of chemicals. (Remember folks: Water is inorganic!) </p>
<p>It takes about 5 minutes to make mayo from scratch---use fresh eggs and good oil and either lemon or a good vinegar. There is nothing bad in there to kill you! Any good cookbook will have instructions or I am sure that somewhere out there is a YouTube or--wow!---Instructable or Pinterest to walk you thru this. The only hard part is making sure you don't just chuck everything together but add the oil s l o w l e y. <em>It's an emulsion---where every drop of oil and egg are coated together; not a smoothie! </em></p>
<p>&quot;Fat and bad stuff&quot; There's nothing unhealthy in mayonnaise. Just want to point that out. </p>
<p>I agree with you. It seems a little piggy, much better recipe, or just use olive oil virhgen Spanish, healthy and spectacular (liquid gold).</p>
<p>Leaf cleaning is a thing. LOL, unless your mom secretly consorted with my mom.</p>
My mom has used mayo to clean the leaves on her houseplants as far as I can remember. Gets all the dust off the leaves and keeps them healthy and shiny.
<p>Hmmm... I thought you were only supposed to clean leaves with water; anything else will clog the pores so the plant can't breathe...</p>
<p>My Mom used a tad of cream from the milk mixed with a tad bit of water..We always had beautiful shiny ivy and it grew big and long with a aspirin tablet pushed down in the dirt around the roots when she watered.. LOL</p>
<p>It's true about plant leaves! Decades ago I worked at a bank that used a plant rental service. They'd regularly show up to snip dead foliage, etc., and they'd apply a bit of mayo to large leaf plants to make them look fresh from the nursery.</p>
<p>Leaf cleaning is very important. Dust builds up on leaves and blocks out the light your plant needs to perform photosynthesis. Cleaning the undersides of the leaves kills the bugs that can suck the life out of your plants. Your mom and my mom learned it from professional gardeners. Besides, clean plants look nicer.</p>
<p>I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this one yet. Mayo is also a theft deterrent. It's totally true. if you are at one of those fancy Japanese restaurants that make you take your shoes off, simply fill your shoes with mayo. No one will steal them. It will also keep your feet nice and soft after you leave. Edit: do not try this with flip flops. It makes they really unsafe and slippery. </p>
<p>why would you take mayo to a sushi restaurant? just a wild thought of mine? </p>
Just for security purposes. ;)
<p>fair enough.. just thought it would be good to ask</p>
<p>I'm trying that one for sure!</p>
Also Mayo can be used to tarnish/stain high carbon steel. I've used it on my hunting and fishing knives to give it a patina or by swirling it on the blade, it can create as unique design as you want. Clean the blade real good, and dry it real good. Just put some on, swirl it or what ever, then let it dry overnight in the fridge, 18-24 hours not covered, then take it out and wash it off. If it didn't come out the way you want, then buff it out with a buffing wheel and jewelers rouge. Then clean it up with soap and water and dry it good. Then start again. I think you'll like the way it comes out. Also, this can done with mustard, or lemon juice. Let me know how it turns out.
<p>lemon juice or tomato paste also. Tomato paste will actually eat aluminum. A slice of onion will also tarnish things. Kitchen knives had to be kept clean to prevent transferring the black to food before stainless steel became the norm.</p>
<p>Mayonnaise is not French. Its original name is &quot;Mahonesa sauce&quot;. He is originally from Mahon in the Balearic Islands, Spain.</p><p>Garlic variety is original of Catalonia, Spain and is called &quot;alioli&quot;, garlic and oil</p>
<p>Actually mayo was known in Roman times. It's also a good preservative. The amount of egg is tiny, while the amount of oil is enormous. Oil is not a good medium for germs. An experiment done years ago by Cornell U. used varying amounts of mayo in picnic items and left them in a car trunk on a hot day. Items with the most mayo had the least amount of germs.</p>
Mayo is great to make grilled sandwiches instead of the struggle with hard butter. Mayo is always soft and happy to be used for grilled sandwiches. It is also a great addition to scrambled eggs. Sounds dumb but it is a bit tasty anyway.
<p>Since Mayo is mostly egg, it can be used in many recipes just like egg, especially where the recipe also calls for cooking oil. A long time ago, I had a recipe for a devils food cake that used Mayo instead of eggs.</p>
<p>Cakes that use a lot of oil are called mayonnaise cakes. Good fix for cake that always comes out dry is a spoon or two of mayo. Mayo is really just oil. The amount of egg and flavoring is tiny, especially in commercial mayo which has stabilizers added to it.</p>
<p>yes. mind you me and my sister eat mayonnaise with most thing, including Full English breakfasts</p>
I actually like using Mayo on grilled cheese rather than butter
<p>I put mayo on the inside of one piece of bread, mustard on the other; load it up with cheese, maybe a little ham or bacon; then I toast it on the outsides in a little puddle of butter. At that point, I jump out of the way of the stampede.</p>
<p>Sounds good, It would be like combining a grilled cheese sandwich with French toast.</p>
Agreed. Mayo is just olive oil and eggs and lemon. It makes an excellent waterproof layer to prevent damp sandwich fixins from making your bread all soggy.
<p>mayo works just fine as thermal paste on a cpu!</p>
<p>Slather mayo on both sides of your steak before setting it on the grill. I know, I didn't believe it either, til I tried it. Nice crispy exterior and juicy inside. Not sure about skillet grilling, but definitely on an outdoor gas or charcoal fire.</p>
<p>might try that tonight. I'm really into cooking</p>
<p>You can use mayo instead of butter for grilled cheese sandwiches. Put it on the outside of the bread, that's right. No more struggling with cold hard butter. Or if you're out of butter... </p><p>Great tips! I'm off to mayo my elbows!</p>
<p>Most pro grill cooks use mayo for grilled cheese but--at home--- or if you happen to--horrors!!!!--- be OUT of mayo--haven't any of you used the concept of MELTED BUTTER? Heres how: Two slices of bread. Cheese. Butter. Place pan (the heavier the better) on the stove on medium to low heat; melt butter in the pan. Place cheese and whatever else you want inbetween the bread. Place in pan in melted butter. If you have a small heavy pot lid you can place this directly ON the sammie and this helps brown it and cook it faster and holds the heat. When you want to flip it either have fast hands to place a bit more butter in the pan and let melt for a sec and then slide the sammie back in there OR place it on your plate for a sec while you add a dab of butter. Finish the B Side the same as the A Side. This makes a wonderful crust on your bread and lets the cheese melt without burning. </p><p>American cheese works great in this or for something really special use a dense bread and MOZZARELLA; add a sprinkle of GARLIC POWDER to the butter and cook same as above; dip in MARINARA SAUCE when done--stretchy chewy melty goodness! </p><p>I use a heavy 6&quot; Le Crueset enameled pan with a lid that just fits inside the pan and acts as a press for the sammie. But you can use this with any pan and you can use almost anything for a press--the bottom of a cake pan or even another cooking pan will work too! </p>
<p>Pianos don't use ivory anymore since using ivory has been outlawed many years ago. Now they use a plastic substance for the &quot;ivories.&quot; But if you have an old piano the mayo treatment would work nicely.</p>
<p>Pre-plastic, most piano keys were made from Mammoth tusk ivory, not elephant ivory. </p>
<p>Pre mammoth tusks they used dinosaur teeth. True story. I saw it on The Flintstones. </p>
<p>Didn't take much either. Just a Dabba'll Do!</p>
<p>Actually, it's not the effect on the ivory that works. The oil in the mayo dissolves the grease in the dirt. The dirt is the same whether your keys are plastic, ivory, or ebony. A cloth dipped in cooking oil would do exactly the same thing.</p>
<p>coconut oil works better</p>
This is so funny........are our mothers long lost sisters? I was the leaf polisher on Saturdays as one of MY chores! I remember thinking, NO ONE else in the WORLD does this!!! So do I have to tell Mom she ISNT really crazy or can we keep this hush hush. lol
<p>Seriously... people do that? <br><br>removing dust from the leaves is normal. but polishing? what then polish your eyesballs?</p>

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