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Should You Put Mayo on Your Plant’s Leaves

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Mayonnaise, the creamy condiment we all know and love… mainly for sandwiches. But did you know this miracle spread has so many more purposes?

Yes, it makes some of the tastiest sandwiches and is great in potato salad, but it’s also capable of reviving dull wooden furniture, removing gum from your shoe, and adding irresistible shine to your houseplant leaves.

Believe it or not, some garden enthusiasts swear by using a tiny bit of mayo as a leaf conditioner. The oils found in mayonnaise can help nourish and moisturize plant leaves, making them appear lush, vibrant, and glossy.

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Before you get crazy with the spread, keep in mind that you should use mayonnaise sparingly on your plants. Don’t use a large amount and don’t use it often. It should be used as a gentle conditioner every few weeks when your plants need a little extra moisturization.

You can dilute a little bit of mayonnaise with water and then apply it to your plant leaves using a soft cloth or sponge. Gently massage the mayo in and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe away any excess residue.

Remember, a little attention like dusting, pruning, and polishing goes a long way in helping your plants live happy, lush lives.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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