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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 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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7:22AM PDT on May 28, 2015

The only thing I do with bananas is make banana nut bread. So good.

3:02AM PDT on May 25, 2015

16. No I can't say that out loud

7:10AM PDT on May 23, 2015

Thank you

5:49AM PDT on May 22, 2015

Thanks

1:28AM PDT on May 18, 2015

thanks

3:34AM PDT on May 17, 2015

yummy bananas!!!!

1:43PM PDT on May 15, 2015

very interesting!

3:35AM PDT on May 6, 2015

You can also hit people with it (first peel, making a mess if fun, hurting people isn't).

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.

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