Nine (9) Unexpected Reasons You Should Never Trash Banana Peels

Published August 16, 2014 by teacher dahl


Soothe Rashes

soothes rashes

For poison ivy rashes, the Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry recommends rubbing the infected area with the lining of a banana peel for a temporary cooling effect.

Feed the Roses

rose feedFor healthier rose blooms, cut banana peels into one-inch strips and bury them at the base of the plant. Do this every month. According to SF Gate, because the peels decompose quickly, they easily release potassium, magnesium, phosphates, and other minerals that nourish the roses.

Polish Silver

silver polish
Throw a few peels in a blender with some water. Use a cloth to apply the paste on silver to rub away some of the tarnish.

Polish Shoes

shoe polish
Shoe polish contains naphtha, combustible petroleum that disintegrates wax. Use a banana peel lining instead to polish your kicks.

Ripen Avocados

soften avocado
Place a tough avocado in a paper bag with ripened banana peels (or the whole banana) and close. Within about 24 hours, the peels’ ethylene, a hormone that induces ripening, will soften the avocado.

Repel Pests

Forget insecticides. For aphid problems, bury chopped-up peels (whole ones will attract squirrels and other rodents) one to two inches deep in the soil around plants.

Tenderize Meat

meat tenderizer

To avoid tough, dry meat, place ripe banana peels in the roasting pan before placing in the oven.

Remove Warts

removes warts
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests cutting a small piece of a ripe peel and placing it on a common plantar, or flat wart. Affix tape to keep it on overnight.


compostAfter using banana peels, throw them in the compost bin.It will ward of worms.


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