Does your family go through a lot of bananas? Then chances are you tend to always have some banana peels around! Here are some banana peel uses so that you can make the most of this special fruit!
Banana Peel Uses
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 banana peel uses, I’m definitely not tossing them in the trash anymore!
Here are some great ways 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 with Banana Peels
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 fertilizer for your inside plants.
Here’s my recipe for Banana Peel Fertilizer Spray.
Make Aphid Spray from Banana Peels
Using some of the dried banana peels that you made for the mulch above, place equal amounts of dried banana peel, coffee grounds, and eggshells 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!
Banana Peels for 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!
Use Banana Peels to Help Remove a Splinter
Place a small piece of banana peel 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.
Sooth Burns With Banana Peels
Thanks to reader Marissa C. for this tip! Reader Marissa grew up in Central America, and it is an old wise tale that banana peels are good for burns. YES, for burns!
She keeps some in her freezer in a large ziplock and with saran wrap in between each one. When she gets a burn she places each banana peel over the burn for 15 minutes until the pain subsides.
–Here’s my Burn Salve Recipe if you are looking for another way to soothe burns.
Relieve Itchy Skin With Banana Peels
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 Banana Peels 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.
Use Banana Peels to Get Rid of Fleas
Take several banana peels and place them around your home. Fleas will eat the peels and their bodies will be unable to handle an enzyme that is in them so they will die. Replace the peels as they get black to continue fighting the fleas.
I’ve seen some other uses for banana peels out there (like this for how to make vinegar with banana peels!) 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.
Need more recipes to use up the bananas inside of those peels? Here are some of my favorites!
- Simple Banana Cake Recipe
- Recipe for Banana Cream Pie
- Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
- Banana Bread Mini Muffins Recipe
- Banana Raspberry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- Banana Crumble Muffins Recipe
- Choco-Banana Bars
What are some of your favorite banana peel uses? Have you tried any of the above?
This article with Banana Peel Uses was originally posted on Little House Living in April 2014. It has been updated as of March 2020.