Bananas and their skin (a.k.a. peel) are not typically known for being anything other than a nourishing fruit high in potassium.
There are however a number of clever ways that banana peel can be used and reused.
Best way to store bananas?
If you buy your bananas green, you can place them in the fridge to store them, as opposed to a fruit wall, but make sure you separate them from other fruits and vegetables. They will ripen much slower this way.
Bananas that have their stems covered, or wrapped, last longer than those that don’t.
14 Ways To Use Bananas and Banana Skin
- Plant Nutrient: Banana peel is a common compost bin contributor, but have you considered burying it directly in the soil with your plants? You can even make your own nutrient-rich fertiliser by placing the peel into a jar and covering it with water. The enzymes will seep into the water and each time you feed your plants, add 150ml or so of the ‘banana peel water’ to your watering can.
- Polish & Shine: You can polish your shoes, and even the put a shine on the leaves of your houseplants with banana peel. Probably not the most common of ideas but at least there are alternatives around in case you run out of store-bought products or prefer to avoid the ‘spit and polish’ routine.
- Skin Relief: Rub the inside of the banana peel onto scratches or itchy bites to relieve the condition. Acts in a similar way to aloe vera.
- Wart & Splinter Remover: This is one that many people swear by. Cut a piece of banana peel big enough to cover the wart (or splinter) area and attach it with a bandaid. Continue to refresh / replace as need be until it is gone.
- Bug Bites: Rub banana peel onto a bite and it will help to soothe the irritated skin and reduce itching.
- Bruises: Amazingly, banana peel can help speed up the healing of bruises and promote healing go any skin scrapes and scratches.
- Headaches: Hold the banana peel across your forehead as a cure to your awful headache.
- Acne: There are many chemical cures for acne however if you are seeking a natural alternative give this a try. Banana peel contains healing properties that help to soothe the inflammation and irritation caused by acne. Rub the peel over the affected area and you could see results in as little as a couple of days.
- Teeth Whitening: Some say that rubbing banana peel on your teeth daily will result in whiter teeth. Guess it cannot hurt.
- Psoriasis: Rub banana skin on your skin daily and the properties in the peel will help to moisturise, reduce itchiness, and heal psoriasis in as little as a few days.
- Deter Aphids: Aphids, those tiny little bugs that just love roses, do not like banana peels. Try hanging some around the fence line near your roses and it will deter them from visiting.
- Compost: Banana peels break down rather fast in compost (unlike orange peels) and can be a wonderful addition to your compost.
- Garden Food: Dry banana peels and rip them up or cut in a food processor and sprinkle in your garden as a great nutrient.
- A face mask: Bananas make for a great natural face mask. They effectively moisturise your skin leaving it looking and feeling softer. Simply mash up a ripe banana until it is smooth and then apply to your clean face. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off.