12 Surprising Uses for Banana Peels

Bananas are an awesome fruit. They taste good, make excellent phones, and come in their own handy packaging. You might eat that delicious banana and then compost the peel, but did you know that it actually has lots of worthwhile benefits? Peels are full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so next time you enjoy a banana, hang onto the peel and try out some of these awesome uses.

While not always scientific, many people will attest to the validity of these hacks. Check out the idea link below the photo to learn more about each.

banana peel uses

1. Relieve mosquito bites

Many people believe that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite will help to relieve the itching and reduce the swelling. There isn’t any scientific proof to back this up, though it might be because the banana peel draws fluid from the bite. Wait until you’re inside and not going back out, however, as a banana might actually attract mosquitoes outside.

2. Polish shoes

A great alternative to shoe polish is a banana peel. Simply rub your shoe with the inside of the peel. When you’re done, buff the shoes with a soft cloth. Bananas are full of potassium, which is also in shoe polish. Plus, the banana’s natural oils soak into leather which helps make your shoes last longer!

3. Whiten teeth

The potassium in banana peels is thought to help whiten your teeth. Choose a banana that looks just ripe, which is when the potassium levels are optimal. Open it from the bottom end upward, then rub the inside of the peel against your teeth until they’re completely coated in banana paste. Apply for at least two minutes, and leave the paste for about ten. When you’re done, brush your teeth with toothpaste to remove the residue.

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