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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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6:12AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

skating on a banana skin ;-)

5:30PM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Nice ways to find use for the peel too. Thanks

1:30AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Now just got to remember all of this!!! Thank you:)

5:21PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

These are excellent ideas of what to do with such a cheap, healthy food.

7:30PM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Thanks

9:32PM PDT on Jun 5, 2014

i love them that is my reason for eating them thank you

7:36AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thanks

7:27AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Thanks

7:11PM PDT on May 28, 2014

Totally forgot about this article, thank you.

5:23AM PDT on May 24, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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