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15 Surprising Uses for Bananas

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9. Attract Birds & Butterflies. Like humans, birds and butterflies just love the taste of bananas. If you’d like to watch birds, leave a banana out.

10. Fertilize Your Plants. Dried ground banana peels make a fantastic mulch for seedlings and new plants.

11. Polish Leather & Silver. No need to invest in pricey, and often toxic, leather and silver cleaners. Instead, rub banana peels on the surface and buff with a cloth.

12. Combat Aphids. Nobody likes a damaged plant. Bury some cut up banana peels 2-3 inches deep around the base of the plant.

See Also: Refreshing Lavender Lemonade (Recipe)

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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2:08AM PDT on May 3, 2015

Oooh... can't wait to try them all. Thanks. Will start with polishing silver flute. And we didn't even get into banana leaves!

5:08AM PDT on Apr 28, 2015

thank you .now maybe i won't need to throw them out when they get too ripe. i love bananas but my apt. is always hot and they ripened too fast.

7:48PM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

Thanks for sharing

8:56PM PDT on Apr 20, 2015

In accordance with the title of the article above, I was surprised by the many benefits of bananas

9:16PM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

thank you

9:05AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

Thanks for sharing

3:55PM PDT on Apr 14, 2015

Wow thank you Katie.

4:18PM PDT on Apr 11, 2015

thank you

5:53AM PDT on Mar 26, 2015

Thank you

2:04PM PDT on Mar 24, 2015


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