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22 Surprising Things Banana Peels Can Do For You

After eating up a delicious banana, what will you generally do with the peel left over? Well, there are much more amazing benefits and uses of it than being thrown into the garbage bin. Read on to check it out!

1. Fertilizing

One of the most common ways to deal with banana peels is to compost. Decayed vegetable wastes are the greatest natural fertilizer for your growing plants and vegetables, especially that banana peels are rich in the nutrition that your plants crave. The other way to make a banana-peel-fertilizer is to dry the peel in the sun and add it directly into the soil, giving the plants a natural boost.

2. Polishing Your Leather Shoes

Get rid of the shoe polish's chemical smell? Try a banana peel! It can provide potassium and mild-waxiness for your leather shoes without any annoying smell, which helps diminish the marks of scuffs and water damage. Use the inner side of a banana peel to spread over your leather shoe and wipe it with a soft cloth, and then you’ll find it as good as new!

3. Whitening Your Teeth 

Sticking to use the inner side of banana peel to rub your teeth can be a cheap and good method to sparkle your teeth. As the salicylic acid and citric acid retained in it can remove the surface stains of teeth without wearing down your enamel. It’s better than using chemicals which make your teeth uncomfortably sensitive, and it also saves you a lot of money compared to having professional teeth cleaning.

4. Ripening Green Fruit

Banana is one of the best green fruit ripening aids, for it can release ethylene gas, which is the leading cause for speeding up fruit-ripening. Considering that the ethylene gas was mainly produced by the banana peel, keep the leftover peel together with other green fruit for hours after eating up a banana, to see the effects of the acceleration.

5. Using In Cooking Recipes

Though banana peels are not edible, it can still be used to add some healthy and yummy goodness to your cooking recipes! Stuff a banana peel with some seasoned rice, tying it up with twine, then cooking it in a steamer. About 30 minutes later, you’ll get a delicious and delicately flavored meal.

6. Tenderizing Meat

Have you ever thought of that banana peels can even help you avoid from drying out and overcooking meat? The only thing you need to do is to place a piece of banana peels on top of your roast or chicken breasts, and then the oils and moisture inside it will get absorbed into the meat and helps keep your food maintain its juicy taste.

7. Rid Kitchen Of Annoying Flies

Everyone hates flies, especially when they are hanging around in your kitchen and pick a place to settle down on your favorite food. Why don't you try to build a trapper with banana peels by yourself? Get a big jar with a lid and poke a few holes in the top. Then put your banana peels inside and get the lid on and over. Place the trap in your kitchen, and the flies will be attracted and go through into the jar without a road back.

8. Soothing Itching Skin

When summer comes, it is more likely for us to get bug bites or scratches from poison herbs. One of the best natural remedies are the peels of bananas. Rub the inner side of a banana peel onto the inflamed area, and it can help you reduce the painful sensation. But remember it can only reduce some of the redness or itching. If you get a serious bump, do not hesitate to get professional treatment.

9. Removing Your Acne

With its strong anti-inflammatory and tissue healing powers, the banana peel can be used to heal your acne quickly and naturally. Cut a small piece of it and rub it on your zit with the inner part twice a day. Acne will disappear without any scar after the course of a few days. But remember to select a yellow or brown one instead of green, as only the ripe one has the acne-zipping power while the green one doesn’t.

10. Moisturizing And Smoothing Out Wrinkles

The banana peel can also moisten your dry skin. For most women, maintaining a  hydrated glowing complexion is a continual pursuit. Luckily, banana peels can help! Scratch the inner part of a banana peel and spread it all over your face or body for 10 minutes before washing with clean water. Wrinkles will be lifted away, and your skin will be smoother if you can insist on it.

11. Using To Create Artwork

Except for those practical purposes, there is also a way to entertain yourself with the banana peel. Before peeling your banana, expand your imagination and try up drawing on it with a ball-point pen. After the oxidation process transforms your design into a dark brown color, your work of art will be clearly visible against the yellow peel!

12. Treating Embarrassing Warts

Not only the acne can be cured by banana peels, but warts too! The banana peel is the best natural softener for warts for the inner part of it is responsible for softening warts. Apply it to your warts for 1-2 minutes every day. A few days later, you will surprisingly find that your warts either fall off or get smaller and smaller.

13. Polishing Silverware

Getting rid of the rust on silverware bothers a lot of people. Well, it may surprise you that the banana peel can help with it too. Put some banana peels and water together into a blender to make a paste. Scrub your silverware with a toothpaste or a cloth softly, then use another cloth to wipe dry. Your silver will shine again afterward!

14. Improving Your Mood

Could you believe that the banana peel can even stabilize and improve your mood? If you’re upset for some reason, boil a peel in water then drink it, you’ll probably feel better sooner after. It’s because the dopamine and serotonin inside the banana peel have a mood-boosting effect on your brain. Nevel underestimate the banana peel!

15. Banishing Garden Bugs

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Aphids are very common as well as annoying bugs that can move into your garden without invitation. Here we recommend you a good way to get rid of them without the need for inhumane methods or toxic chemicals. Just place some banana peels into a few 1-inch holes near the base of your aphid-infested plants, and the little guys will be turned off by all the potassium.

16. Nourishing Your Flower Bed

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Although garden bugs hate banana peels, the flowers in your garden won’t say no to them. Banana peels are rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals - including calcium, sulfur, magnesium, and trace elements - that naturally fertilize and revitalize the flowers. Bury some banana peels around the base of your rose bushes, and wait to watch your gorgeous flowers thrive.

17. Making A Handheld Dessert

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Why not make your kids a simple and tasty campfire decadence with banana peels? With the peel on, partially slice a banana lengthwise. Stick some chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts inside it, and wrap the entire banana in tin foil and hold it over an open flame for about five to eight minutes. Now you get a warm and melted grilled banana boat!

18. Healing A Bruise

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According to the experts, securing a fresh banana peel with the white side inside against a bruise can accelerate the healing and fading of the bruise. It’s because of the anti-inflammatory powers of the polysaccharide compound within the peel. Tape a banana peel over your bruise and leave it there for at least 20 minutes for the best results.

19. Healing Those Hemorrhoids

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Having hemorrhoids is kind of embarrassing, and can also be quite painful. Whir up a paste in your blender using some banana peels and about one teaspoon of witch hazel. Then soak a clean gauze strip in the mixture and apply it to the affected area for about half an hour. The natural astringent components of the peel and witch hazel can help clean the area, reduce swelling, and relieve pain.

20. Cleaning Up Ink Stains On The Skin

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Every lefty knows the pain of ink stains on the skin. Whether it is that pen bursts or you simply get ink all over your fingers, just rub the inside of a banana peel against your skin. The oils from the peel will bind with the pigments within the ink, making it easier to be removed and washed off.

21. Removing Splinters

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It’s hard to tell which one is worse, getting a splinter, or trying to get the splinter out. Well, here is an easy and painless trick to solve this problem with banana peels. Tape a small piece of peel directly over the area where the splinter is lodged. Leaving it there for about 30 minutes or so, the enzymes and other oils from the peel will absorb into the skin and help push the splinter to the surface, making it easier to pluck out.

22. Restoring A Scratched CD Or DVD

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There is nothing more annoying than a scratched and skipping video game, album, or movie, for those who still use CD players and DVD drives. Rub the underside of a disc with the white side of the banana peel in a gentle circular motion, and remove the residue with a clean and soft cloth. After cleaning and buffing the CD with a glass cleaner, you will find that the natural waxiness of the peel already helps fill in any scratches that were causing the unpleasant skips and pauses.

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