Unusual Uses for Bananas

Here's a fun and silly video on some unconventional uses for banana peels!

Don't throw out that banana peel—or that overly ripe banana. Put them to good use around your house instead.

To complete this How-To you will need:

An overripe banana
Lint-free cloths
A resealable plastic bag

Step 1: Shine your shoes

Rub the inside of a banana peel on anything made of leather—shoes, pocketbooks, jackets. Then wipe away the residue and buff with a lint-free cloth for a glossy gleam.

Step 2: Clean your houseplants

Wipe down houseplant leaves; the peel removes dust and dirt and leaves them soft and shiny.

Step 3: Polish your furniture

To get a great polish, smear pieces of an overripe banana on wood furniture with your fingers and then wipe off with a cloth.

Step 4: Soothe a bug bite

Take the sting out of a mosquito bite by rubbing it with the inside of a banana skin.

Step 5: Erase ink stains from skin

Erase ink stains from your hands with the inside of a banana peel.

Step 6: Remove scratches from CDs

Remove scratches from CDs by smearing some banana on the scratch in a circular motion. Rub it in with the inside of the banana peel and then wipe the CD with a lint-free cloth.

Step 7: Get rid of fruit flies

Get rid of fruit flies by putting a banana peel in a resealable plastic bag with the top half folded down. Wait an hour or two for all the fruit flies to gather on the peel, then seal the top of the bag and throw it away outside.

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