Bananas are an awesome fruit.
You might eat that delicious banana and then compost the peel, but did you know that it actually has lots of worthwhile benefits?
Peels are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so next time you enjoy a banana, hang onto the peel and try out some of these awesome uses.
Shoe Polish: Did you know banana peels (on the inside) make a great shoe polish? Just rub it around your shoe and then buff it with a white cloth.
Teeth Whitener:Rub the inside of your banana peel on your teeth to whiten them. Apparently, the manganese, magnesium and potassium helps whiten the enamel of your teeth.
Wart Cure: It only takes 1-2 weeks to remove a wart with a banana peel.
Itch Soother: Banana peels can help relieve bug bites and poison ivy. It won’t remove the oils that cause the itching but it’ll soothe the bite or rash altogether.
Monkey Party: Have a Curious George party and put 30 peels on your deck for the kids to slip around on!
Silverware Polish: Blend banana peel with water and use on your silver to take the polish off with a soft cloth.
Meat tenderizer:Add a banana peel to your next roast and it’ll add just enough moisture to ensure that roast doesn’t get too dry.
Splinter Removal: Banana peels help ease splinters out of your skin. Place banana peel on a splinter with athletic tape for a while and then try to ease the splinter out.
Aphid Control: Aphids don’t like banana peels. If you bury some around your roses or other plants aphids love (like cauliflower), you’ll deter them from coming around. Or, try this garlic/banana peel spray for aphids.
Rose Food: Here are a few great recipes for feeding your roses with banana peels that are rich in calcium and magnesium, as well as many other trace minerals that your flowers love.
Bruise Patrol: Banana peels on the inside, if rubbed on a bruise, will aid in making it disappear.
Compost: Banana peels break down pretty quickly and add wonderful nutrients to your soil. Throw them in your compost!
Acne: Banana peels rubbed on your acne will help in the acne curing
Dry Skin Cure: If you have psoriasis, try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your affected areas twice a day and you’ll see the dry scaly skin dissipate.
Hemorrhoid Cure: Yup, you guessed it. As with acne, banana peels help cure hemorrhoids.
Banana Peel Message: Leave a message for your child on their banana peel by pricking out letters with a toothpick, the skin will bruise and there will be a dark brown message for your sweetie by lunchtime.
Anti Depressant: Researchers have found that drinking boiled banana peel water (or juicing the peel) can ease depression.