Wow, I thought I was some cool reuser when I started adding my banana peels to the compost bin. Apparently there are way cooler folks out there doing some extraordinary things with their leftovers. I have compiled my favorite 10 re-uses for a banana peel below.
10 ReUses for a Banana Peel:
Make a Face Mask: This is not a use for a banana peel, but a banana. I wanted to include it anyway because I love making homemade face masks! So, next time you aren’t hungry and feel your skin needs a little pick me up mix one banana with 2 Tablespoons of honey and 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. Mash it all together and apply it to your lovely face and wait 10-20 minutes for it to set. Wash it with warm water and admire the results.
Stop the itch: I think there are two people out there, the one’s that walk away from a camping trip with 1 bug bite and the one’s that walk away with 35 bug bites. I am in the party of the latter. I do not enjoy getting bit by bugs, but I do enjoy camping, so I was happy to see that you can use the inside of a banana peel to ail any itching those pesky bites cause.
Polish: Banana peels are a cheap way to polish silverware and leather shoes.
Keep Aphids Away: If you are a rose gardener and you want to keep your roses safe, bury a couple of chopped up banana peels below your rose bushes. Those aphids will move out in a matter of minutes! Be warned, make sure you don’t use whole banana peels or you will find that your rose bush has new friends like raccoons and squirrels.
Add It To Your Compost Pile: Banana peels are loaded with potassium and phosphorus which your garden will find delicious and nutrient. So, add all the banana peels you want to your bin.
Use as a Fertilizer for your Spring Garden: Rather than tossing the banana peels straight into the compost bin, you can save them and dry them out on a screen during the winter months. When your garden is ready to be fertilized, grind up the dried banana peels in a blender and sprinkle them over your soil.
Cure a Cut: If you have a small scrap or cut, rub the inside of a banana peel on it to speed up the healing process.
Say Good-bye to Warts: Rub the inside of a banana peel on a wart for a couple of nights before bed and get rid of it!
Brighten Your Smile: Rub your pearly whites with a banana peel once a day and see results in two weeks.
Clean your Leaves: If you have houseplants that need a little pick me up, polish them with banana peels. Just wipe each leaf with the inside of the peel and watch them shine!
Let me note that there have been several back and forth conversations on using banana peels as a home remedy for cuts and bug bites. I suggest you do what everyone should do and research it and make sure you are comfortable with it before you try it!
Any other reuses for a banana peel you want to share? Please leave a comment.