Bananas are delicious and extremely beneficial to your health, but none of us actually consider the peel they come in to be useful in any form. Truth be told, that’s our loss because the banana peel has several uses that can make our lives easier on a daily basis.
From being a great teeth whitener to soothing mosquito bites, there’s a lot they can help with in between. Here are 23 surprising uses for a banana peel you probably didn’t know:
1. Teeth Whitener
No need for expensive teeth whiteners, or even a trip to the dentist when you’ve got the miraculous banana peel! The next time you eat a banana, use the inside of its peel to rub on your teeth for at least two minutes. The reason it works is because of the chemicals present that help whiten your pearly whites.
2. Buff Silver
Got some worn out silverware lying around? Make use of some banana peels and blend them into a paste using water to use as a buffing agent. You can use a rag to dip into this concoction, wipe the silverware until gleaming, rinse, and then dry off.
3. Polish Shoes
In a pinch when you’ve run out of shoe polish? The good news is that all you need is a banana peel and you’ll have shiny leather shoes in no time! The waxy oil inside of a banana peel is perfect for the job, just make sure to wipe it off with a clean cloth afterward.
4. Insect Repellent
Insects can be the biggest nightmare for someone that loves gardening. One simple solution to keeping these pesky bugs away is to place banana peels at the base of the affected plants. The potassium in them puts the insects off!
5. Relief from Insect Bites
The peel of banana contains several anti-inflammatory properties that make it a suitable remedy for relieving itching or swelling that is caused by an insect bite. Just rub it on, and see the problem disappear.
6. Banana Peel Compost
Droopy flowers are not exactly the ideal solution a gardener wishes for. One way to ensure that they are bright, upright and healthy is by placing some banana peels in the soil around your flowers.
7. Fly Repellent
Flies in your kitchen are unpleasant, unhygienic, and impossible to get rid of. The old adage that you can tap more flies with sugar is true, so why not make use of a banana peel? Just place a couple into a jar, poke some holes into the lid, and you’ve got yourself a homemade fly trap!
8. Tomato Patch Compost
Similar to a flower garden, banana peel compost is the ideal natural fertilizer for your very own tomato patch. The high content of minerals and vitamins present in the banana peel are what makes it so perfect for growing ripe, red tomatoes.
9. Shine Up Indoor Plants
Your indoor garden requires just as much love and care as your outdoor one, even though most indoor plants are lower in maintenance. But dusting them with a feather duster isn’t what you should be doing! Instead, wipe the leaves down with the inside of a banana peel for a natural shine.
10. Soften Meat
Nobody wants to serve or eat dry, unpleasant meat. One way you can ensure that your roasting meat stays nice, soft, and juicy is by covering it all over with some banana peel. This ensures that the moisture stays well contained inside.
11. Steam Rice
Have you heard of rice steamed inside a banana peel? If not, you’re seriously missing out! Of course, you’ll need to discard the peel before eating the rice, but it would have imparted a wonderful flavor and aroma into the rice by then.
12. Roast Them Over Fire
Roasting marshmallows over a campfire is a classic dessert, but it can be quite sickening, unhealthy (sugar overload!) and boring after some time. Instead, why not try roasting some bananas? You can even split open their flesh to stuff with other stuff like nuts and chocolate – making for a yummy and healthier alternative.
13. Treat Warts
Got some unsightly warts you need to get rid of? Use the inside of a banana to peel to rub on them for a minimum of 2 minutes per day. Do this continuously for two weeks and they’ll go away on their own!
14. Quick Heal for Bruises
Did you know that banana peels make great – albeit unconventional and slightly kooky – band-aids? The nutritional and anti-inflammatory properties present in the inside of the banana peel help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
15. Treat Acne
Similar to warts, you can also make use of the banana peel to get rid of acne and pimples. Banana peels contain acids and oils that help acne dry off and peel naturally. This time, you’ll need to rub for 5 minutes per day, and you’ll see results in about 3-4 days.
16. Rehydrate Dry Skin
Dry and flaky skin isn’t just unattractive, it’s a pain to deal with – literally and figuratively. Banana peels make for an all-natural and side-effect-free moisturizer that can help deal with issues like eczema and psoriasis. Just rub some moist banana peels on your skin, and voila!
17. Bye Bye Wrinkles
As we’ve mentioned before, banana peels are a great natural moisturizer. This is what makes them ideal for a regular facelift, which in turn will keep your skin from getting dry and wrinkled.
18. Treatment for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are painful, unpleasant to deal with and embarrassing, but they may also have a quick and simple all-natural solution with the help of banana peels. All you have to do is blend some up with a bit of witch hazel and apply this paste onto the affected area. Leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes, and repeat daily until the hemorrhoids go away.
19. Get Rid of Ink Stains
Ink stains are quite difficult to get rid off, especially when they end up on your skin. But nothing is impossible for the mighty banana peel! Just rub the inside of it on the ink stain and watch it disappear before your eyes!
20. Push Out Splinters
Getting a splinter isn’t just annoying, it can be quite painful as well. Luckily, getting it out can be quick and simple if you have a banana on hand. All you have to do is use the inside of the peel to rub on the affected spot and it’ll come out quite easily.
21. Mood & Vision Enhancer
Banana peels also contain several elements that can act as a mood enhancer and even boost your vision. Since you cannot eat the actual peel, you can soak them in some water and drink the liquid instead to make use of their maximum potential.
22. Seal Scratches in a DVD
Got an old CD or DVD that’s scratched up and damaged? You can get them back to brand new condition by using the inside of the banana peel to rub on them. Wipe off with a clean cloth, and voila!
23. Create Banana Art
Bored in class or in the office? Pass time by creating some unique banana peel art. Any mark you make on a banana peel turns brown in a very short amount of time, making it the perfect canvas for your creativity. It might seem silly, but the internet seems to disagree – just give “banana peel art” a search on Google and see for yourself!
This list is long, and some of them might even have seemed a bit silly or unlikely, but the point is that the humble banana peel has a long list of uses that can be just the solution your looking for. So, the next time you go to throw them away, just have a think about what else you might be able to do with them to make use of their full potential.