The banana is a delicious, versatile, and super good-for-you fruit, with about a hundred different ways to eat and enjoy. Can you slice one up and put it over a bowl of cereal? Sure can. How about putting one in your next protein shake to make a yummy and powerful post-workout smoothie? Oh yeah. It’s really true: from baking to DIY-skin care, the banana really does go a long way. You might have also read our awesome list of banana facts and now, know more about bananas. But have you ever thought about what to do with the leftover peel? Read on to learn some surprising benefits and uses of the oft-neglected banana peel that go way beyond the trash or compost bin.
1. Whiten Your Teeth
Professional teeth cleaning is expensive, and over-the-counter at-home teeth whitening products can make your teeth uncomfortably sensitive. For a DIY solution, brush your teeth normally and then rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel. A consistent schedule of 2 minutes per day should do the trick. How does it work? The peel contains salicylic acid (a natural astringent), citric acid (a natural and gentle bleaching agent), and manganese, magnesium, and potassium which can remove stains without wearing down your enamel.