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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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5:32AM PST on Jan 24, 2015


11:06AM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Interesting. Aphids, really? And splinters... I may want to try that one, too.

12:35PM PST on Jan 18, 2015


9:11AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

Thanks for sharing - great info!

3:27AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

Thank you for posting. It's more than one article. Thanks for the links, too.

6:41AM PST on Jan 17, 2015


6:10PM PST on Jan 9, 2015

Sounds better than eating it

2:41PM PST on Jan 8, 2015

Oh, I even once saw a pic of a pregnant Siamese kitty eating a banana, she loved it, lol!!!!

2:40PM PST on Jan 8, 2015

Very interesting, I had already heard about banana peels to polish leather, but as an animal lover I don´t buy or wear leather products, but l´ll surely try the banana ice once, I already made banana ice from squeezed bananas, lactose free milk (because of an intolerance) and some stiff cream, if you take bananas with some brown spots on the peel you don´t even need to add sugar then!!!

3:56PM PST on Dec 30, 2014

I will definitely keep bananas in our diet. My son cooks oatmeal with apples, bananas and grapes. Try it.

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