Nifty Thrifty: Keep Your Banana Peel!

Everyone knows that bananas are not only yummy, but good for you. It’s rich in potassium, has 15% of our daily need of vitamin C, and only contains 30 grams of carbs (grr evil carbs!). So you are happy to peel a banana, indulge in it’s sweet, sweet, healthy goodness guilt free, and toss away the peel knowing everything is right in the world. But wait! Just like there’s more than one way to peel a banana, there’s more than one use for that peel, and I don’t mean putting it on the kitchen floor for some good old slapstick comedy. “What use is a banana peel?” you may ask?

 

1. Tenderizing Meat

 

Tenderizing Steak

No, no, no, I’m serious. Just lay a peel along top of your chicken breast or roast while it cooks. Your meat absorbs the oils and moisture from the peel. Also, the citric acid will keep it tender. No more tough and chewy dinner for you!

 

 

2. Banana-Infused Rice

 

Infused Rice

Rice absorbs flavors easily. So stuff a peel with some seasoned rice, close that up and steam it to make a delicious summer side dish. This is a great addition to that chicken we talked about earlier.

 

 

3. Campfire Dessert

 

Campfire dessert

First of all, for a delicious and natural gluten-free dessert, grab a banana! Slice the banana long-ways and stuff the peel (along with the banana meat) with marshmallows, nuts, or chocolate candies. Wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil and place it over an open fire anywhere between five and eight minutes. Remove from flame and let it cool for a minute, then dig in! So tasty.

 

 

4. Whiten Your Teeth

 

 

After that delicious dessert, time to brush your teeth. Yet another way a peel could come in handy!

Bananas are a gentle but effective bleaching treatment due to their content of citric acid, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and salicylic acid. Brush your teeth like always and then rub your teeth with the inside of the peel. If you do this every day for about two minutes each time, you will start to see a marked difference! No more expensive professional whitening appointments. And most especially, no more sensitive teeth from over-the-counter whitening chemicals!

 

 

5. A Natural Moisturizer

 

Instead of grabbing the lotion, massage a banana peel over dry patches of your skin. This will moisturize your skin without exposing you to harsh chemicals or preservatives. Plus, this alternative method is good for those who struggle with eczema or psoriasis. And the scent? Banana.

6. Banana Peel Face Treatment

Not only can you use a banana peel to treat puffy eyes, but you can also fight wrinkles and saggy skin. Rub your face with the inside of a banana peel and let it dry. Leave on for a few minutes, or even overnight, then rinse with warm water. As a result, your skin will start looking firmer and smoother after a few treatments.

7. Banana Peel Blemish Treatment

Banana peels naturally contain salicylic acid, an active ingredient in acne creams. Don’t spend a lot of money on over-the-counter acne treatments. Instead, massage the inside of a peel over the affected area for 5 minutes and allow the oils and residue to dry. This will allow the nutrients to absorb into your skin. Then wash with warm water and pat dry. Do this three times a day and within three days the pimple will be gone.

8. Wart Remover

You can also do the same if you have a wart. The potassium concentration in banana peels will get rid of warts if you rub the peel against it for 1-2 minutes a day. This should get rid of most warts in about 2 weeks.

9. Bruise Treatment

Another great use for your skin- the anti-inflammatory properties of the polysaccharides in the peel can heal bruises. Tape a peel against the bruise and leave there, for at least 20 minutes or overnight. This will accelerate the healing process.

 

 

10. Hemorrhoid Treatment

 

Hemorrhoids. No one wants to admit they have them, but it is a common ailment. For a DIY remedy to this malady, blend a banana peel with 1 tablespoon of witch hazel into a paste. Then slather a gauze strip in the mixture. Apply this to your hemorrhoids and leave there for around 30 minutes. Doing this twice a day will reduce the inflammation and clean the area. As a result this should help with the swelling and relieve the pain.

 

 

11. Polishing Fine Silver

 

 

Maybe you are someone who looks for alternative solutions to harsh chemicals. Or maybe you just spent all your money on buying fine silver… Either way, you can still keep that silver looking shiny. Simply toss some banana peels and fresh water into a blender, hit puree, and make a paste. Dab it onto your jewelry or flatware using a soft rag and buff it gently. Then rinse the item with warm water, dry with a clean cloth, and viola, Shiny, shiny silver!

 

 

12. Polish Your Shoes

 

 

Yes, that’s right. Polishing your shoes. Since we’re no longer in the age where you can stop by a shoe shine booth on your way to work and get your shoes shined for a dime. You can still make your shoes look nice. Gently rub your leather boots, shoes, or heels with the inside of a banana peel and wipe them off with a clean rag. The potassium and waxiness will absorb into the leather, diminishing water spots and scuffs.

 

 

13. Buffing Your CDs

 

One of the worst things about using CDs and DVDs is how easy it is to scratch them.  You could spend money on a kit, or get someone at a game store to repair them, or you can try this neat trick. Using the white part of the peel, rub the underside of the disc. The wax of the peel will fill in any nicks and scratches. Remove the residue with a soft cotton cloth, then clean and buff the CD using some glass cleaner.

 

 

14. Improve the Look of Your Potted Plants

 

Rather than spraying your indoor plants with a water bottle, gently wipe them down with the inside of a banana peel. This will leave the leaves looking clean and shiny. It’s a great way to remove the dust without risking mold growing on your plants.

 

 

15. Use Your Peel as Plant Food

 

Plant Food

If you are looking for a natural solution to revitalize your flowers, bury some banana peels around the base of your bushes or plants. Banana peels contain calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and other trace elements, therefore fertilizing your flowers naturally with the vitamins and minerals they need most.

16. Tomato Food

This isn’t just for flowers! If you want luscious tomatoes, wrap some banana peels around the bottom of the plant. This will give your tomatoes a fertilizer full of minerals, vitamins, and trace elements. You can also slow-roast some peels and bury the chips in the soil.

 

 

17. Get Rid of Garden Pests

 

 

Every gardener hates them. Aphids. Also known as “plant lice”. Just that phrase makes your skin crawl, but no worries!  Make 1 inch holes all around your garden and place a piece of banana peel into each hole. Aphids can’t stand potassium, so it won’t be long until your plants are bug free again, and all without using any pesticides or harsh chemicals.

 

 

18. Fly-Catcher

 

Take a large, clean, empty plastic container. Poke holes in the lid using a nail. Put a peel inside the container and lid it. Fruit flies will be attracted to the scent and come investigate, getting trapped inside.

 

 

19. Treating Bug Bites

 

treating bug bites

 

Mosquitoes have an anticoagulant in their saliva so they can keep going vampire on you or your little ones, yuck! Most humans are at least mildly allergic to this chemical. But never fear, using a banana peel reduces swelling and itchiness! The anti-inflammatory properties of the polysaccharides fights the irritation, so when you get bitten, rub the inside of the peel against the bite for fast relief.

 

 

20. Removing Splinters

 

 

Tape a small piece of a banana peel over top of a splinter and leave for about 30 minutes. The oils and enzymes from the peel will absorb into the skin, making the splinter come to the surface. Therefore, it will be much easier to pluck the splinter out.

 

 

21. Removing Ink Stains

 

Banana peels are also good as a stain remover, for skin at least! Rub the inside of the peel against the area. The oils will bind with the ink pigments, which makes it easier to wash off.

 

22. Banana Peel Art

 

Feeling artistic? Take a needle or sharply pointed knife and carve or peck out a design on your banana peel. As a result, the area you carved will turn brown as oxygen is introduced into the peel.  This is a real thing. Google it, you’ll see.

 

 

23.  Banana Peel Tea For Your Eyesight and Mood

 

 

Boil a banana peel in water to improve your mood while helping your eyes! Based on a study from a group of researchers in Taiwan, drinking banana-peel extract will boost your mood. banana peels have dopamine and serotonin. In addition, banana peels also contains luetin, which is good for your retina.