What do 90% of people do after eating a banana? Easy—they throw the peel in the garbage.
However, if you are throwing your banana peels away, you are getting rid of a valuable source of vitamins and minerals that can be utilized in a variety of ways.
When you learn about all the nutrients that are present in banana peels, you’ll wish you could go back in time and use every peel that you have ever thrown away. Bananas are an excellent source of many minerals, including manganese, magnesium, and calcium. These minerals are also often lacking in the standard American diet.
If you are ready to find out how to use banana peels, keep reading to learn about some of the most popular uses for this under-appreciated food item.
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. Teeth Whitening
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.
3. 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!
4. Remove Warts
Many people believe that applying a banana peel to a wart each night helps to heal warts and keep them from coming back. First, cut a piece of ripe banana peel large enough to cover the area. Put the inside against your skin, and secure it using medical tape. Leave it overnight, and remove the peel in the morning. You should notice an improvement after the first use, and you can continue until it’s gone.
5. Remove Splinters
According to everyone’s favorite tv doctor, Dr. Oz, banana peels can help to remove slivers. Cover the splinter with the inside of a banana peel and secure it using medical tape. Leave it for a few hours or overnight. Supposedly the enzymes in the peel soften the skin, meaning the splinter will come right out.
6. Heal Bruises
A home remedy for healing a bruise is to apply a banana peel to the skin. You can either rub the banana peel on the bruise or tape it on overnight.
7. Polish Silver
A banana peel can help to reclaim the shine on mildly tarnished silver. All you need to do is blend a few banana peels with some water. Rub the polish onto the silverware, then wash it off and dry it with a clean cloth.
8. Diminish the Appearance of Wrinkles
Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on wrinkles is thought to help reduce their appearance and prevent future lines. Apparently the antioxidants and vitamin C present in bananas boosts collagen production and helps with circulation.
9. Help Acne
You can rub the inside of a banana peel on your blemished face for about ten minutes to help treat acne. You’re advised not to wash your face afterward as the residue continues to work on your skin after you’ve finished rubbing.
10. Hemorrhoid Cure
Yup, you guessed it. As with acne, banana peels help cure hemorrhoids.