You‘ve just finished making your famous banana cake and you’re about to throw the peels into the brown bin… But did you know that you can still make use of this waste? This article presents 5 surprising ways to give your banana peels a second life.
To heal minor ailments
Sunburn? Thanks to its healing properties, the inside of a banana peel can soothe the burning sensation and promote faster skin regeneration. The same goes for general burns, stings, bites, cuts and even small bruises.
To shine your shoes
If your leather or imitation-leather shoes are looking a little dull, rub them with the inside of a banana peel. The oils and fats in the peel will soften them and make them shine like new—or almost. Wipe off any residue with a soft cloth and voilà!
To polish your silver
To restore lustre to your silverware, silver jewellery and other silver items, rub them with the inside of the peel and rinse with water. The results will amaze you!
To feed your plants
Banana skins are full of nutrients needed for flowering and fruiting plants. To make your own organic fertilizer, soak peels in a container of water for a few days and then water your plants with this all-natural “magic potion.”
Banana peel: full of energy!
In addition to being useful in all kinds of situations, your banana peels can be used to produce energy. In many Québec municipalities, the organic waste you put in your brown bin (or bag) is sent to a biomethanization plant to be transformed into renewable natural gas, a clean, locally produced energy that is injected into the gas network and reduces our GHG emissions.