Clean your shoes with a banana skin – and three other fruity tricks

Miss Thrifty9 January 10, 2011

clean shoes with banana skin When Frugal Grandma emailed me the other day to say that you can use a banana skin to shine leather shoes, I was chowing down on a banana and it seemed like fate. Or at least, too good an opportunity to pass up. So I gave it a go.

It’s very simple:

1. Rub the inside of the banana skin over your shoes.

2. Leave it for a minute.

3. Buff the residue away with a clean cloth.

It works better than I had thought. It isn’t sticky – and heck, banana smells better than waxy shoe polish.

Conclusion: bananas are magic! I had a look around for other banana-y success stories, and discovered a fair few. Here are my favourites:

1. Clean a CD and repair minor scratches with a banana skin

2. Turn banana skins into fertilizer for houseplants.

A commenter on this post provides the following recipe:

i) Put the skin in a big jar and cover with water.

ii) Pour an inch or two into your watering can.

iii) Refill the jar.

She notes: “one peel will last nearly forever and, surprisingly enough, doesn’t get completely disgusting”.

3. Remove splinters with banana skins.

It sounds far-fetched, but I’ve seen this tip a few times.

From the Ask Moxie blog:

Cut a piece of the peel to cover the area of the splinter. Put the peel with the inside toward [the child’s] skin (so peel side out) and use surgical tape to tape it snug onto her skin over the splinter, and have her sleep that way. When she wakes up in the morning, the splinter will have worked its way closer to the surface (allegedly it should be lying on top of the skin, but that hasn’t happened with us–it’s just gotten close enough to the surface for me to yank it out easily)

Apparently the enzymes shift the splinter towards the surface of the skin. No, I don’t know how that works either.

If you have any banana skin tips, do share them in the comments below. I’ve come across plenty online, but some of them do sound… well, less than convincing! I’d love to hear about the ones that work.

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9 Responses to “Clean your shoes with a banana skin – and three other fruity tricks

Money Beagle says:

On the splinter example, I wonder if it’s really the banana or simply the fact that your body will have a tendency to expel foreign objects, thus pushing the splinter towards the surface anyways.

For CDs, I’ve become a subscriber of using toothpaste to repair some scratches that cause skips, which works pretty well. I have yet to hear of trying a banana but maybe that will work too.

January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Johnny Debt says:

Banana skins are supposed to be very good for roses, just lay the skins on the soil around the roses.

“I have been putting Banana skins under my roses for years also in the compost bin.( On the Gardeners World programme many years ago this was recommended) If this is folk lore then it works because I have had great success with my Roses and have even won ”Best Roses” for the past 3 years Banana skins have Potassium(sp?) which is good for the roses.”

January 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Maddy says:

i’ve just polished the leaves of a cheese plant with the inside of the skin ( How clean is your house tip) it worked well.

January 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I am totally going to try the banana peel trick. I have just the pair of wing tips to try it on as well. I will let you kow how it works for me!

January 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Miss Thrifty says:

Wow – some great tips. Thanks all!

@Money Beagle: I wondered about the splinters too, but there are some pretty gushing reviews online so thought it was worth sharing.

@Johnny Debt: I’d love to know more about your prizewinning roses – especially since the thrifty ways seem to be paying off so well. If you would like to write a guest post anytime, please just let me know 🙂

@Maddy: ah, I came across this one! I have a quick/lazy trick (delete as appropriate): I shove all my houseplants under the shower for a few seconds. I blogged about this, but it was what seems like eons ago.

@Kyle: yes, please let me know how you get on. Good luck with the wing tips!

January 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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