After eating up a delicious banana, what do you usually do with the leftover peel? Well, there are actually much more surprising benefits and uses of it than being thrown into the trash. Read on to figure out!
1. Polishing Your Leather Shoes
Dislike the chemical smell of shoe polish? 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!
2. Whitening Your Teeth
Sticking to use the inner side of banana peel to rub your teeth can be a low-cost but useful solution to sparkle your teeth. 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 making your teeth uncomfortably sensitive, which also saves you a great amount of money compared to having professional teeth cleaning.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Tenderizing Meat
Have you ever thought 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
One of the most common ways to dispose of banana peels is to compost. Decayed vegetable wastes are the best natural fertilizer for your growing plants and vegetables, especially that banana peels are abundant 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.
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. Never underestimates the banana peel!
15. Conditioning Your Hair
Banana peels offer many natural benefits to keep your hair looking fabulous, like folic acid that makes hair shine, while also keeping it soft and well hydrated. It's a great idea to make a hair mask with banana peels.
16. Relieving Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes
Being rich in potassium, banana peels can help reduce dark circles and puffy eyes. Just place them on your eyes and wait for 15-20 minutes before removing the peels. Then wash your face with cold water for a refreshed look.
17. Removing Splinters
If you have a problem with the splinter, try placing a banana peel on the affected area and leave it for at least 15 minutes. This will soften the skin and make it easier to remove the splinter.
18. Polishing Your Plant
Banana peels can also be used to polish your plant leaves, too. That sounds amazing, doesn't it?
19. Reducing Migraine Headache
For those who are suffering from a migraine headache, here is an easy way to reduce the pain: place one frozen banana peel on the forehead and one frozen banana peel on the back of the neck. The headache should be gone in about 20 minutes.
20. Helping You Sleep Better
For this benefit, eating banana peels is recommended. It may sound a little crazy, but banana peels are full of tryptophan that can help you get a good night’s rest.