Bananas make great snacks but they can also be used for many other purposes. You can use bananas and their peels to help cook meat, fertilize, attract animals or cure dry eyes.
Tenderize a Roast
Banana leaves are often used in Asian countries to wrap meat as it’s cooking. Many of them say that bananas will also have the same effect. So, next time you are making a roast, try adding a banana peel to the pot to soften up the meat.
It might sound a like a prank, but rubbing a banana peel on silverware is a great way to restore the shine. First, remove any of the leftover stringy material from inside the peel. After you’ve rubbed the silverware, buff the objects with a paper towel or a cloth.
Rub banana peels on your teeth every time you brush. Rub for about 2 minutes and you'll notice a whiter smile.
If you have an aphid infestation, bananas can help! Bury dried-up or cut banana peel slices an inch or two below the surface around your plant The plant will begin to suck up their nutrients and the aphids will pack up and leave. Don’t use large chunks of banana though, because that will attract rodents, raccoons or squirrels.
Banana peels are rich in potassium - an important nutrient in your garden. Dry out banana peels on screen during the winter. In the spring cut them up and blend them in a food processor. Add the fertilizer to plants in your garden or flowerbed.
Attract Birds and Butterflies
Are you a bird watcher or like butterflies on a nice spring day? Use bananas to attract them! Place an overripe banana on a raised platform after you poke a few holes in it. Be careful though, because the banana is likely to attract more bees and wasps too.
Who needs an expensive facial when you can just use a banana? Mash up a medium-sized banana into a smooth paste then gently apply it to your face and neck. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes then rinse it with cold water.
If you have a pesky splinter in your skin, use a banana to get it out! Press the banana peel onto the splinter and the fruit's natural enzymes will work to get the splinter out.
Usually after a long night of drinking, you’ve lost a lot of nutrients including potassium. Making a banana shake can help cure that hangover. Combine a half-cup milk with a banana and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Everything from pollution to allergies and smoke can cause your eyes to dry out. The cure? Eat a banana! Bananas will help balance your sodium levels and release fluid into your eyes.
So what do you use bananas or banana peels for? Have you found some stain that only comes out with banana juice? Comment below and let us know!
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