Bananas are one of the healthiest snacks available, but what many do not realize is that the leftover banana peel also has a plethora of uses!
Here we’ve listed 23 surprising uses of banana peels, which could not be handier. You’ll never be throwing your banana peels again!
23. Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening products and services are expensive, and the more affordable over-the-counter solutions often leave teeth sensitive. Instead of opting for these uncomfortable solutions, try rubbing your teeth with the inside of a banana peel after brushing. Banana peels contain salicylic acid, which is a natural astringent as well as citric acid, which acts as a gentle (and natural) bleaching agent. The manganese, magnesium, and potassium all remove stains without the risk of your enamel wearing down.
22. Moisturize Dry Skin
Staying hydrated by drinking enough water is essential to a healthy, pimple-free complexion. To treat dry skin topically rub the affected area with the inside of a banana peel. This is an excellent treatment for eczema and psoriasis, reducing the typical risk of exposure to parabens (preservatives) and other harmful chemicals in typically moisturizing products.
21. Treat Acne
The anti-inflammatory properties of banana peels make them an excellent natural treatment for acne. Rub the inside of a banana peel over your zit for about five minutes. Allow the oils and residue left from the banana peel to dry on your skin. This will ensure maximum absorption and healing. Afterward, wash and dry the area. If you do this at least three times a day, your pimple will disappear within three days. The salicylic acid within bananas is used in countless commercially produced acne treatments.
20. Heal Warts
Warts are a minor growth that is annoying, embarrassing, and at times even awkward or painful. The high concentration of potassium within banana peels clears away plantar warts or any other warts in no time. Rub the wart with the inside of a banana peel for one to two minutes per day. Within two weeks, this will shrink your wart to the point that it vanishes completely.
19. Soothe Bug Bites
Mosquito and other insect bites cause an immune system reaction as a natural response to the insect bite. For example, mosquitoes actually inject you with an anticoagulant, which allows the blood to be consumed without it clotting. Banana peels contain an excellent anti-inflammatory chemical termed polysaccharides which will booth soothe the itch of an insect bite and reduce the swelling.
18. Treat Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids affect far more people than most would realize. This embarrassing and painful condition arises from inflamed and swollen veins near your anus. This causes pain and, at times, bleeding. Make a paste of a single banana peel and one tablespoon of witch hazel. Soak a cloth or gauze in this blend and apply it to your anus and the surrounding area for roughly thirty minutes. Do this twice a day to provide effective healing of the condition.
17. Polish Silver
Banana peels contain oils which brighten up old silver without the need for any synthetic, toxic cleaning chemicals. Make a paste of banana peels and water in a blender and then use this to buff up any silver or chrome that you may have around the house. Be sure to wipe dry once done.
16. Polish Your Shoes
Scuff marks and other abrasions are easily cleaned up by using the inside of a banana peel as a natural shoe polish. Leather is polished ideally using banana peels, just wipe your shoes down with a clean cloth after. The potassium and slight waxiness are absorbed by the leather, which gets rid of scuffs without any water damage.
15. Get Rid of Garden Pests
Aphids are a pest that can rapidly ruin a garden. Without resorting to toxic and inhumane chemicals, simply place some cut up banana peels around the base of aphid-infested plants. The potassium will deter the aphids and make them clear out and move away in no time at all.
14. Nourish Flower Beds
Banana peels serve a dual purpose in the garden; they repel insects such as aphids and nourish the soil with minerals, including calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and other trace elements. Plant cut up banana peels around the base of your flowers and watch them thrive. They are particularly good for roses!
13. Repel Fruit Flies
Bananas are handy in more ways than you would expect. In actual fact, they are near essential to your kitchen. Place an empty banana peel within a large, cleaned yogurt container and then pierce a bunch of holes in the lid. Leave this trap wherever you are bothered by fruit flies and watch them get snared. Once they enter the container, they can’t find their way out! Replace the box every few days and toss the old one out.
12. Fertilize Tomatoes
Banana peels are not just suitable for flowers but vegetables as well. The minerals and vitamins will nourish your tomatoes fantastically. Either wrap banana peels around the base of the stem of your plants or roast the banana peels in the oven and plant the charred chips in the soil.
11. Improve the Health of Potted Plants
Indoor plants can have their health transformed through the use of discarded banana peels. If you notice your plants starting to deteriorate in health, then wipe down the leaves of your indoor plants with the inside of a banana leaf. This will improve the health of your plants by spurring its photosynthetic action. It also prevents mold growth!
10. Tenderize Meat
Whether you are roasting in your slow cooking or barbecuing some chicken, meat needs to be tenderized to get it as soft as possible. While cooking your meat, place a few banana peels on top. The natural oils and moisture released from the peel will help your meat to retain its natural juicy flavor and texture.
9. Banana Peel Recipes
While banana peels are not directly edible, there is a range of delicious, healthy recipes that use banana peels. For something different, try stuffing a banana peel with seasoned rice and then tying it with string. Stick this in the steamer for a delicious treat with a subtle hint of banana flavor.
8. Great-Tasting Handheld Dessert
Cut a banana lengthwise so that it resembles a hot dog bun or taco shell. Then pack the banana with your choice of chocolate candies, marshmallows, and nuts. Take your stuffed banana and wrap the whole thing in tin foil before suspending it over an open flame for between five to eight minutes, turning frequently. This is a piping hot dessert that needs to be eaten with care, but once you try it, you’ll never go without it again!
7. Heal Bruises
A fresh banana peel placed against a bruise will help the bruise to fade and heal quickly. The anti-inflammatory properties of the banana peel, present due to polysaccharides, help the healing process. Try taping a piece of banana peel over the bruise and leaving it there for at least half an hour. For the best results, tape it in place and leave it overnight.
6. Smooth Away Wrinkles
The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is drastically reduced when using the banana peel to moisturize. Regular use will improve your look and give you supple, healthy skin. Banana peels can even be used similarly to tea bags and cucumber slices to get rid of puffy eyes.
5. Clean Ink Stains on Skin
If you have spilled ink all over your hands or anywhere else, then rub the area with the inside of a banana peel. The oils of the banana peel bind with the ink pigments, which makes it far easier to wash off.
4. Get Rid of a Splinter
At times removing a splinter is more painful than trying to get it out! Tape, a small piece of a banana, peel directly over the area where a splinter is to draw it out within just thirty minutes. The oils and enzymes will be absorbed by the skin pushing the splinter out as the area heals.
3. Heal Your Eyes and Boost Your Mood
Taiwanese research has proven that drinking banana peel-extract (peels boiled in water) improves your mood thanks to the effect on dopamine and serotonin. The antioxidant lutein, which is found in banana peel extract, is also scientifically proven to benefit the health of retinal tissue, making the benefits of this simple solution two-fold.
2. Repair Scratched Discs
CDs and DVDs can have their scratches filled in through rubbing the underside of a disc with the inside of a banana peel for about a minute. Rub in a circular motion and remove the residue with a soft cloth before buffing up the disk. This will top the scratches from causing the annoying skipping that may be present.
1. Banana Peel Art
Creativity is great for your brain, giving you a fantastic start to the morning. Before peeling your breakfast banana, draw on the peel, or carve out a design with a pen or needle. As the banana peel oxidizes, your design will become a dark brown which is clearly visible. Google “banana peel art” for some inspiration or to get a better idea of what we mean!