17 Fun Alternative Uses of Bananas for Kids

17 Fun Alternative Uses for Bananas for Kids

Did you know there are many alternative uses bananas other than eating them? That’s because bananas are a super fruit with so many interesting qualities and characteristics that cannot be contained; it’s ripe with opportunity to be used for more than just sustenance. Although eating nutritious and delicious bananas the biggest selling point in stores, try these 17 fun alternatives for bananas that kids will be interested in.

  1. Shoe Polish – Banana peels work great for a makeshift polish; just buff it out with a white cloth
  2. Teeth Whitener – Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth has a whitening effect due to the the manganese, magnesium, and potassium
  3. Wart Remover – It only takes 1-2 weeks to remove a wart with a banana peel as a bandage. Use bananas that are just turning from green to yellow, as the active healing compounds degrade with age.
  4. Itch Soother – Banana peels can also help relieve bug bites and poison ivy.
  5. Silverware Polish – Just like shoes, banana peels can polish silverware to leave a nice shine
  6. Meat tenderizer – Cook with your kids by using banana peel in your next roast; it’ll add just enough moisture to ensure that roast doesn’t get too dry
  7. Splinter Removal – Help ease splinters out of your skin by placing the banana peel on a splinter with athletic tape wrapped around it
  8. Aphid Control – Turning your little ones into gardeners? Aphids are detered by banana peels if you bury some around your roses or other plants.
  9. Rose Food And as an added bonus, feeding your roses with banana peels for fuller, better blooms
  10. Compost – Of course, with that said banana peels make for the perfect addition to compost, breaking down everything quickly and adding extra nutrients to your soil
  11. Bruise Patrol – Using the inside of a banana peel, rub it on a bruise and it will aid in making it disappear.
  12. Acne – Banana peels rubbed on your acne will help alleviate the problem
  13. Dry Skin Cure – If you have psoriasis, rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the affected areas twice a day should alleviate the irritated skin
  14. Banana Peel Message – Leave a message for friends and family on their banana peel by pricking out letters with a toothpick. The skin will bruise and there will be a dark brown message within a few hours
  15. Anti-Depressant – If your kids are feeling down, tell them to eat a banana. Researchers have found that eating bananas can help fight depression.
  16. Attract butterflies and birds – Bring more butterflies and various bird species to your backyard by putting out overripe bananas on a raised platform
  17. Houseplant Cleaner – Wipe your houseplant leaves down with the inside of a banana peel to remove dirt and leave a shine

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