Friday, July 11, 2014

Amazing Uses of Orange or Banana Peels

Think twice before throwing orange or banana peels into the trash as you can use them in numerous creative and useful ways.
When we eat an orange or a banana, we normally throw the peel off. But, this is one big mistake because skins or peels are as good as the fruit itself. These fruits leftovers are highly nutritious and packed with some of the most powerful nutrients. Banana peel is loaded with antioxidants, carbohydrates, vitamins (B-6, B-12) and minerals (manganese, magnesium and potassium), whereas Orange peel is rich in vitamins A & C, Calcium, antioxidants and minerals (magnesium and potassium). So, instead of throwing the peels away, use them in medicinal and practical ways. Read on a bunch of useful ways to use orange and banana peels.

Amazing Uses of Orange or Banana Peels

Amazing benefits of Banana Peels:

1. Shoe Polish
Rub the inside of a banana peel around your shoes and wipe off with a soft clean cloth. The potassium in the banana’s skin makes it a great shoe polish.
2. Teeth Whitener
Take a piece of banana peel and rub the inner part on your teeth for about 2 minutes daily. The amazing minerals in the banana peel can whiten your teeth in few weeks.
3. Acne, Blemishes or Dark Spots
Rub the inside of banana peel on problem skin areas and leave it for at least 10 minutes or overnight. Then, wash it off with water. Regular use of this remedy will make your skin smooth and soft as well as remove acne, dark spots, and blemishes.
4. Warts
Banana peel not only removes warts, but also prevents the occurrence of new ones. Just rub or tie a piece of banana peel on the affected area daily for around one week.
5. Mosquito Bites
Banana peel is also useful to get instant relief from the itching and pain caused by mosquito bites. It also provides relief from Poison Ivy itching. Massage the inner part of banana peel on the bite and rashes to stop itching.
6. Headaches
Mash the banana peel properly and apply the paste on the forehead. It will cure the headache.
7. Wrinkles
If you are tired of using expensive anti-aging creams, then try a banana peel, an in-expensive way to prevent wrinkles. Apply banana peel to your forehead, face and cheeks on regular basis to tighten the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. You can also make a mask by mixing an egg yolk with mashed banana peel. Apply the mask on your face and wash it after 5 minutes.
8. Psoriasis
Banana peel even helps to heal psoriasis. Rub the inner side of banana peel on a psoriasis-affected area two times a day, and you can see a noticeable difference within few days.
9. Splinter
Tie a piece of banana peel (the pulp inside) on the affected part with the help of a bandage for few hours. Then, try to remove the splinter out. The splinter will come out easily.
10. Leather and Silver polish
Rub inside of a banana peel on your silverware, leather jackets and furniture to make them shine instantly.
11. Fertilizer/Mulch
Make powder of banana peels after drying them in the sun. Use the powder as fertilizer/mulch for plants.

Creative uses of Orange Peels:

1. Preserve Brown Sugar

Place some orange peels to brown sugar container to keep it fresh. The orange peels will draw moisture and keep it from hardening into chunks.
2. Deodorizer
Orange peels are a great way to deodorize your garbage bin or fridge. To deodorize your garbage bin, just put a few pieces of orange peels at the bottom. And for fridge, cut an orange in half and remove the pulp. Fill an orange-half with salt and put it into the refrigerator.
3. Air Freshener
Boil handful of orange peels in water to freshen up your mood and air in the house. You can add cinnamon, clove or cardamom in water.
4. Mosquito Repellent
The citrus scent of orange peel is very effective to repel mosquitoes. Rub inner side of fresh orange peels on your skin to prevent mosquito bites.
5. Ant and Slug Repellant
Orange peels not only repel mosquitoes, but also ants and slugs. Place some orange peels near ant hills to repel ants, and spread some peels on the garden’s soil for repelling slugs.
6. Cooking
Orange zest is used in many recipes to improve the taste and flavor.
7. Beauty
  • If you have oily skin, rub inside of an orange peel on your skin to balance the skin’s oil. It also makes the skin smooth and soft.
  • Dry orange peel in the sun and grind them. Use the powder as scrub for removing dead cells and blackheads. You can also add one part yogurt.
  • Apply orange peel powder paste on your face for removing acne, dark spots and blemishes.
  • Mix orange peel powder with milk or curd, and apply it on the face for extra glow and for removing tan.
  • Make a paste of orange peel powder by adding water and leave it overnight. Apply this paste on your hair to get rid of dandruff.
8. Bad Breath
If you are suffering from bad breath, simply chew small pieces of orange peel instead of a gum or a mouth freshener.
9. Health Benefits
Daily consumption of orange peels lower the cholesterol levels, treat heartburn, improve digestion, treat constipation and prevent respiratory problems like bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma and lung cancer.
10. Teeth Whitening
Like banana peels, orange peels also whiten your yellow stained teeth. Rub inside of an orange peel or apply the paste of it on teeth. This will also prevent sensitive teeth.
11. Hangover
Boil orange peels and salt in water for about 20 minutes and let it cool down. Drink this mixture to decrease hangover.


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