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Bananas are widely known as a source of potassium.
After the health benefits of fruits come the delicious recipes in which they are the main ingredient.
But those aren’t the only uses for bananas.
Don’t rush to throw away the peel of a banana either, as there are circumstances in which these are also useful.
Below are some practical but unique – and even a little weird – ways to use a banana.
- Make a mask
- Apply to warts
- Treating an insect bite
- Make your silverware shine
- Loosening a splinter
- Brighten your smile
1. Make a face mask
Bananas as a face mask are very popular in the beauty world. But if you’re not entirely skincare-savvy, this may be the first time you’re hearing about the main ingredient.
The easiest way to make a banana mask is to mash the fruit and apply it directly to the skin.
Another common recipe is to add ¼ cup of natural yogurt and two tablespoons of honey to the mashed banana before applying it to the skin.
Let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
2. Apply to warts
Warts aren’t the worst skin irritants out there, but they can be annoying if they’re visible to others.
There are many home remedies for removing a wart, and using a banana peel is just one of them.
Because nothing in a banana is toxic, there is little or no risk of rubbing a banana peel on a wart. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that bananas or banana peels actually help remove warts, this practice has been done at home for decades.
Try it the next time you have an unwanted wart and see how it works for you.
3. Treat an insect bite
Bananas are known to relieve itching and other symptoms of insect bites, such as swelling, because they are rich in potassium.
The next time you’re bitten by a pesky mosquito, use a banana peel on your bite.
The peel is composed of natural antihistamines, which will soothe the itching created by the saliva that the insect has left under your skin.
4. Make your silverware shine
You can give your cutlery a good polish with a banana peel, but you’ll need to create a mixture first.
Mix banana peels with water to create a paste. Next, use a cloth to rub the paste onto the silverware.
Obviously, you don’t want to leave them with banana mush on them, so wash them well in warm water in the sink, and they’ll look and feel like new.
5. Loosen a splinter
Splinters, depending on their depth, can be very difficult to remove – and sometimes very painful as well.
If you have a splinter to remove, cover it with the outside of a banana peel for a few hours or overnight. Later or in the morning, you should notice your splinter starting to come off. It’s time to remove it.
Using a potato peel is also a remedy to loosen a deeper splinter.
6. Brighten your smile
A bright smile can be difficult – and expensive – to achieve.
If you are a chronic wine or coffee drinker and have gone too long without proper whitening, you can try using bananas to brighten your smile.
Before investing money in a teeth whitening treatment, see if a banana peel will give you the results you’re looking for.
Simply rub a banana peel on your teeth several times a day before brushing to get a bright new smile.