Uses for Banana Peels
One of my goals this year is to find new uses for things that I would otherwise throw away. I would never want it to get to the point where I keeping useless things though so I’ve been busy trying to discover uses for all kinds of new things and if I find that they don’t have a use, it’s time to toss them.
Something I always tend to have a lot of is banana peels. Bananas are a cheaper fruit, even the organic kind is less than $1 per pound and I love to dry them in my food dehydrator for a delicious healthy snack. (Dried bananas are a great snack in case you didn’t know! I make them in large batches and freeze what I can’t eat right away. I love the quick energy they give.)
I’ve learned that there are so many great uses for banana peels, I’m definitely not tossing them in the trash anymore!
Here are some great way to use up those old banana peels. And with most of these uses you can use either use fresh banana peels or peels off of bananas that have been frozen.
Freshen up a smokey car.
If you recently purchased the car of a smoker, you know how difficult it is to try and removed the smell. Instead of covering it up with air fresheners, stick a banana peel on a plate inside the vehicle. You may have to use a few banana peels over a few days but it will eventually help with the smell!
Use banana peels as mulch or fertilizer.
Because of all of the great minerals in banana peels (potassium, magnesium, and more), they make a great mulch for your garden. Set the peels out in the sun for a few days undisturbed so they can dry. When they are completely dry, grind them up in the food processor or blender. Sprinkle this dried mixture around your plants and mix with the soil. You can also use this dried banana to make a fertilizer for your inside plants here’s my recipe for Banana Peel Fertilizer Spray.
Make aphid spray.
Using some of the dried banana peels that you made for the mulch above, place equal amounts of dried banana peel, coffee grounds, and egg shells in a spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water and shake until the pieces dissolve. Spray on plants that are having aphid issues, it works great!
Chicken and compost feed.
Of course one great use for banana peels is always to feed them to your chickens as scraps or toss them in your compost pile. The minerals are great for your flock!
Help remove a splinter.
Place a small piece of banana piece over the area where the splinter is located. Put a bandage over the top of the peel so it stays in place. Keep this on for a few hours and it should help the splinter to start to come out so you can remove it. This method also works for removing warts as well.
Thanks to reader Marissa C. for this tip! Reader Marissa grew up in Central America, and it is an old wise tail that banana peels are good for burns. YES, for burns! She keeps some in my freezer in a large ziplock and with seran wrap in between each one and when she gets a burn she places each banana peel over the burn for 15 minutes until the pain subsides.
Relieve itchy skin.
If you happen to get a bug bite, poison ivy, or another kind of itchy rash and have bananas on hand…place the peel over the itchy area to help relieve the itch.
Use it to polish your silver.
This one seems crazy but trust me, it works! Take a banana peel and rub the inside over your silver that needs to be cleaned. Wipe it off with a damp rag and then buff with a soft cloth.
I’ve seen some other uses for banana peels out there but I haven’t tried them yet. My favorite use though so far is using the dried banana peels for fertilizer! I love it because it actually works and you can easily make it from something you would otherwise toss in the trash.
What are some of your favorite uses for banana peels? Have you tried any of the above?