4 surprising uses of a banana peel

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Think before you trash that banana peel! You will be pleasantly surprised by the uses of a banana peel.

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Health benefits of a banana are too passé, but here are a few things that you would have never imagined a humble banana peel could do.

1. Clean your house plants: Ever thought that you can use that banana peel you were about to trash as a plant cleaner? House plants have a tendency to gather dust; ideally you would need a spray can and a wiping cloth for the job. Instead, just use the inner surface of a banana peel to wipe off the dusty leaves. It’s an easy fix and makes best out of waste!

2. Whiten your teeth: Flossing your teeth is definitely a healthy habit, but that doesn’t give you pearly whites, those require a trip to your friendly neighborhood dentist. Rub the inside portion of a banana peel on your teeth with your index finger, after most of the inner portion is transferred to your teeth, leave it on for at least five minutes and then rinse it off. Banana has copious amounts of potassium, magnesium and manganese which act as a whitening agents for your teeth.

3. Make your meat preparations tender: Your guests aren’t going be impressed with a dry pot-roast for dinner, adding a banana peel to your roast beef/chicken/ vegetables will infuse just the right amount of moisture into your dish. The potent enzymes in a ripe banana peel help to retain the meat’s succulent juices. Simply place the peel on your meat roast and savor on some tender gourmet delight. Yum!

4. Add to compost: If you are an avid gardener, then here is a tip to enrich your compost for plants. Adding banana peels to compost mixture will release large amounts of magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, calcium and phosphates – all these ingredients are vital to plant nourishment and flowering.