If you happen to be throwing out your banana peels like most people, you are putting to waste items that can go to great use. Here are ten of the top ways that banana peels can be utilised, rather than simply be thrown in the bin.
Banana peels are great in compost piles and the best part about using the peels in this fashion is nothing has to be done to them prior. Simply toss your banana peels in your compost pile, although if you want the peels to break down more rapidly, you can cut the banana peels into smaller pieces.
If you happen to have flies buzzing around your home, you can make a simple fly trap using a banana peel and a yogurt container. Making small holes in the yogurt container, after placing the banana peel inside, will make a perfect trap for catching fruit flies, due to the fact that the flies will be drawn to the scene of the fruit and will crawl inside, but will be unable to escape through the small holes.
Placing a banana peel on top of your favorite cuts of meat while you are grilling is a sure fire way to lock in a great deal of the juices, which would typically be lost if placed straight on the grill.
If you happen to have gotten ink on your skin and cannot get it off by scrubbing with soap and water, banana peels will usually do the trick. The natural oils that are in the skin of the banana peel work to act as a form of suction when rubbed over an area of the skin that has ink on it, it will usually draw it out.
Just as bananas help with outdoor compost piles, you can feed your indoor plants by soaking banana peels and then pouring a water mixture over the plants to provide the plants with the nutrients that they need.
A great deal of farm animals, such as pigs, chickens, and rabbits can be fed banana peels, so you should definitely utilise this option if you do have these types of animals, rather than simply tossing the peels.
Banana peels contain a citric acid that bleaches the teeth when rubbed against them. Doing this for several minutes each day is a cost effective and extremely efficient way to whiten your teeth, without having to use any chemicals.
Although this might sound strange, there are a huge amount of nutrients contained within the banana peel. While it wouldn't make much sense to chomp down on the banana peels, you can easily soak them in water and either put the peels through a juicer to extract the nutrients, or you can add the peels to a smoothie.
Banana peels are great at polishing up leather based products, so if you do have some leather boots lying around, try rubbing your boots down with a banana peel for a few minutes to get a nice and clean shine that is not going to cost you any money.
If you get a splinter and can't seem to pull it out with a pair of tweezers, you can help to draw the splinter out by applying a banana peel and taping it up for a while. This will help to ease the splinter out, which should be much easier to get with tweezers afterwards.