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Bananas are great sources of potassium and they pair perfectly with peanut butter. When a banana gets eaten, the peel goes into the trash or compost without a second thought. What are you going to do with it?

Some people are getting creative in their uses for a banana peel. Below are seven ways you can put the peel to use. Although only two have the science to back them up, if you feel adventurous, you can give the other remedies a try and find out for yourself if they work. Banana peels may have more uses than you ever knew.

Whiten teeth
According to Southeast Family Dental, taking a ripe banana and peeling it from the bottom, not the top, and using a small part of the inside of the peel will help whiten teeth. Rub the inside of the peel on your teeth for about two minutes.

Splinter removal
Top 10 Home Remedies recommends taping a piece of banana peel over the place where the splinter is and leaving it on overnight. The peel is supposed to bring the splinter to the surface so you can pull it out. No research has been done on this method, so you’ll have to be the judge.

Better sleep
While everyone knows that a good night’s rest is important, few seem to be able to get it. The answer to feeling more rested lies in the humble banana. The same reasons bananas are touted as a great post-workout snack make them a great aid to ease into restfulness. Bananas are high in potassium and magnesium, two minerals that naturally relax muscles. Not only that, bananas are high in two more important compounds for sleep – tryptophan and melatonin.

Soothe a bug bite or other skin irritations
Mosquito bites can keep you up all night. If you haven’t got anything else on hand, try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the bites to relieve the itch. Give it a try to see if it works.

Pimple fighter
If you like to experiment and you like the smell of bananas, then you might want to try this one. Rubbing the inside of the banana peel on your face for five minutes every day will help cure pimples.

Remove warts
For warts that are unsightly, the American School of Natural Health says to take a piece of banana peel and tape it to the wart overnight. Do it for three weeks. If the treatment is working, you will see the wart turn black and die.

Pain reliever
Putting a banana peel on the place that hurts for 30 minutes will cause the pain to go away. Feel free to see if this method works.

Remove ink
For ink that gets on your hands, try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the offending marks. The oils reportedly lift away the ink.

Meat tenderizer
Want to make sure that your meat dish turns out tender? Throw in a couple of banana peels to ensure the meat doesn’t dry out as it cooks.

Compost
Banana peels break down pretty easily, so they serve as a great addition for anyone who uses compost to fertilize soil. This provides your soil with those needed nutrients.

Deter aphids
Break up your banana peels into smaller pieces and bury them close to rose plants or other plants that attract aphids (pictured below) in your garden. Make sure to put these pieces right beneath the surface layer of the soil. Be careful not to leave a whole peel as that may actually do more harm than good, attracting larger rodents and pests.

Banana peel shoe polish
After you’ve enjoyed its lovely yellow fruit, use a banana’s skin to bring your shoes to a high shine. Just rub the inside of the banana peel over the shoe, then gently wipe away any leftover residue. (Tip: the greener the banana, the less residue will be left behind.)

Serves as food for livestock
Banana peels aren’t just great for the soil or human consumption, but livestock such as chicken and pigs would appreciate ground up banana peels in their daily feed.

Treat headaches and migraine
This might sound a bit wacky, until you realize ice wrapped in a banana peel is nothing more than a potassium-rich cold compress. Apply a cold compress to the head and neck in order to dull the pain of a migraine. Place a banana peel on your forehead with ice, so you get the added benefit of potassium absorbed directly through the skin.

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