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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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9:22AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks for the tips!!

7:14AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

The banana peel on a wart works. Darling son and I both ended up with warts, and used banana peel to combat them. Worked! A friend's doctor even told her to use banana peel. Didn't know about many of the other uses. Interesting article. Wish it wasn't 4 pages though!

10:43AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Love bananas and I knew about some of these uses, but not all!

6:33AM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Good to know.

4:53AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Noted

4:40PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I had no idea that banana peels could be so useful. Thanks!

1:54AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

ty

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:)

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