10 clever ways to reuse banana peels

Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse banana peels.

#1 Polishing shoes


It might sound strange, but it’s supposed to work wonders! The inside of the banana peel can be used to polish the shoe and when you wipe off the shoes they will be all shiny and new. Sounds to me like a great alternative for regular shoe polish.

#2 Teeth whitening


People come up with the weirdest methods to whiten teeth; from fancy (and expensive!) strips to charcoal. A banana peel feels like a save option to try to whiten the teeth a bit. The inside of the banana peel can make the teeth whiter and remove stains because of the magnesium and potassium in the peel. Just rub the inside of the banana peel on your teeth and let it work its wonders. Don’t use the peel too often though, it still contains sugar and we know that doesn’t help with keeping your teeth healthy.

#3 Polishing houseplants


Having your own urban jungle counts as a #lifegoal nowadays, but it’s hard work to keep this urban jungle healthy and happy. The plants need to be watered according to their own specific preference, they need to be exposed to enough natural light and the leaves need some dusting off and freshening up as well. Luckily you can keep the leaves of your beloved plants healthy with a banana peel! The banana peel works wonders in dusting off the leaves, but it also makes them look really healthy and shiny.

#4 Eat it


It might sound odd, but you can actually eat the peel of a banana. It is supposed to be very healthy and a rich source of vitamin B6, vitamin B12, magnesium and potassium. We tend to just throw away the peel, but in many other countries the banana peel is part of the local cuisine. It is used both cooked and raw in many Asian and Indian cuisines and you can find numerous recipes on the internet. I do suggest that you choose organic bananas when eating the peel.

#5 Stop itching mosquito bites


When you’re bitten by a mosquito or you have an itching rash, it can actually help to put a banana peel on the skin. It will help with the itch and relieve the pain.

#6 Polish silver


There is so much you can polish with banana peels. Next to your shoes and the leaves of your favorite plants, you can also polish the silver with a banana peel. Now, I don’t know about you, but I actually don’t have that much silver in our house. But it’s good to know, right?

#7 Get rid of aphids


Anyone with a garden knows that there a many threats to your crops. You need to know exactly how to fight off snails, moles, cats and aphids. Luckily, in most cases a simple solution will suffice. For example: aphids appear to hate the smell of decomposing banana. Just put some pieces of banana peel around your plants that are bothered by aphids and they will keep away. Just make sure you don’t use to much. The banana peels can actually atttract other animals, like wasps.

#8 Treat acne

skin care

You might feel weird rubbing a banana peel on your face, but if it helps, it helps. Right? The vitamins and minerals in the peel of the banana can actually improve the condition of the skin and help against acne. To have the best effect, you need to rub the inside of the peel on your skin for a few days in a row.

#9 Remove a wart


Like I said, banana peels can work wonders for your skin. They are even supposed to help with removing warts! It works pretty much the same as treating acne, but you are supposed to keep the peel on the wart for a while using a piece of tape. After a week or two, you should be able to notice a difference.

#10 Compost


If you can find any other way to use a banana peel, you can always put it to good use in your compost bin. The banana peel adds a lot of good minerals to the compost and your plants and flowers will thank you for it.

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