10 Surprising Uses For Banana Peels

10 Surprising Uses For Banana Peels

Over 100 billion bananas are consumed across the world each year and in the United States the average person consumes 27 pounds of bananas a year. That’s a lot of banana peels being thrown in the trash, and ultimately dumped into landfills. The next time you eat a banana, consider using the peels in one of these surprising ways before tossing them in the trash.

1. Wart remover – banana’s are stocked with potassium, and so are the peels. If you rub the inside of a banana peel on a wart continuously each evening for one to two weeks, the potassium will eventually make the wart disappear.

2. Teeth whitener – the potassium and magnesium found in banana peels serve as a natural tooth whitener. Simply rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for around two minutes then gargle with salt water each night and you will see results in a couple of weeks.

3. Headache cure – the next time you get a headache, try rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your forehead and the pain should begin to subside.

4. Rash reliever – rub the inside of a banana peel over a rash or bug bite to soothe the itch and help it heal faster. This also works well for relieve from psoriasis.

5. Meat tenderizer – no one likes tough and dry meat, so to make sure your meat stays moist and juicy toss a banana peel into the roasting pan the next time you cook.

6. Silver polish – put a banana peel and some water in a blender and mix together to create a paste. Use the paste to polish tarnished silver and make it shiny again.

7. Plant food – soak a banana peel in water, then add more water to the banana water and use to fertilize plants.

8. Bruise healer – Rub the inside of a banana peel over a bruise to help it heal faster. For even faster healing, tape the peel against the bruise over night.

9. Wrinkle reducer – rub the inside of a banana peel against wrinkles to help reduce their appearance and help prevent future ones from forming.

10. Acne treatment – to help treat acne, rub the inside of a banana peel against the blemishes for around 10 minutes. Don’t wash your face afterwards as the healing powers found in the banana will continue to work overnight.

 

Easy DIY Inside Cabinet Door Organizer

Now that I am at home full-time, getting my kitchen organized has become a priority. There is no real rhyme or reason to where everything is stashed, all of my cooking supplies are pretty much just jammed into random drawers. So when I’m cooking I end up going from drawer to drawer trying to find my measuring cups and spoons and I end up becoming frustrated. I had seen inside cabinet organizers on Pinterest and mentioned the idea to my husband and bless him, he got right to work on it.

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

We had some left over trim wood from a home improvement project last year, so I went to Wal-Mart and grabbed some cup hooks and we were ready to get started. I chose the cabinet next to the stove that I keep my spices in to house the organizer. Hubby measured the length of the inside from one door jamb to the other, it’s important that the wood doesn’t get in the way of the door jamb or the cabinet won’t be able to close.

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

Once we had the measurement, my hubby used a jagged saw to trim the wood to the correct length. He then was able to screw the cup hooks into the wood by hand.

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

Once he had the cup hooks in it looked liked this:

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of drilling holes in our cabinet door, so we used some velcro that we had in our craft drawer instead. We put three strips of velcro on the back of the wood piece as my husband is so proudly showing here:

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

And put three corresponding pieces of velcro on the inside of the cabinet door where we wanted the organizer to hang:

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

Then it was just a matter of connecting the velcro pieces to hang the organizer in the cabinet. We did two organizers, one for my measuring cups and another for my measuring spoons and other miscellaneous kitchen items.  I am thrilled with the way it turned out and now I will always know exactly where my measuring cups and spoons are!

Easy DIY in Cabinet Organizer

This project took less than half an hour to complete and I love how it provides organization in an out of the way place, freeing up space in the kitchen and adding convenience. This is a very easy and inexpensive organization solution, and since there is so no nailing or drilling, this would work perfectly for renters, too.

Now my kitchen is one step closer to being organized!

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent and Save Money

Now that I’m no longer working, I am actively looking for ways to save money. We have cut back on as many bills as is possible and really the only place left where we can cut back is on our grocery bill. I am pretty much washing laundry everyday at this point so when a friend posted on Facebook that she switched to making her own laundry detergent, I was immediately intrigued.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent and Save Money

When I saw the long list of ingredients I was skeptical, it seemed like it was going to be expensive so I wasn’t sold that it would be worth it but decided to give it a try anyway.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

So my sister and I spent a Saturday afternoon making laundry detergent, which didn’t require nearly as much effort as I expected it to. Altogether we spent less than 30 minutes on it. The hardest part was grating the Fels-Naptha bars, which need to be finely grated. Everything else is just poured in and mixed together, so it’s no big deal.

You can substitute the Fels-Naptha soap bars with a box of soap flakes and then there won’t be any elbow grease required on your part, you can just pour everything into a container, mix it together well, and be done. Unfortunately for us, Wal-Mart  was out of soap flakes. If you end up using the Fels-Naptha bars, you can use a cheese grater to grate them or utilize a food processor, which is what we did. Before you put them in the food processor they need to be thinly sliced, here is how we sliced them:

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

 

We then put the slices into the food processor and ended up with this:

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

This probably isn’t as finely grated as most people do it, but it has worked fine for us. We then mixed all the other ingredients with it (use the entire boxes of all ingredients) and viola, we are the happy owners of 18 lbs of laundry detergent.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

That’s right, I said 18 pounds! And you only need to use 1 to 2 tablespoons of detergent per load, so 18 pounds will last a looooong time. I estimate that it will last me about 10 months, but I know some people with families bigger than mine who have said it has lasted them a full year.

The total cost to make this was around $20. I was spending $12.47 on liquid Tide detergent and that bottle was lasting me for about 40 loads. At 5 loads washed a week a bottle was lasting me 8 weeks. This $20 detergent should last close to a year. And honestly, my clothes are cleaner, brighter, and smell wonderful thanks to the Clean Sensations Purifying Crystals I added to the detergent.

Here is the recipe I used:

Homemade Laundry Detergent
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Box Super Washing Soda (3 lb 7 oz)
  2. 3 Fels-Naptha soap bars (5.5 oz) (or substitute with box of soap flakes)
  3. 1 Box Borax (4 lbs 12 oz)
  4. 1 Box Pure Baking Soda (4 lb)
  5. 1 Container Oxi-Clean (1.3 lb)
  6. Purex Crystals (optional for added scent)
Instructions
  1. Finely grate soap bars using a cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Place grated soap in large container with a lid and add all other ingredients.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Use 1 - 2 tablespoons of detergent per load.
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
Adapted from Happy Money Saver
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Some helpful tips:

If you choose to use the crystals to add a nice scent, use it sparingly. They are surprisingly powerful, so you probably don’t want to use the entire container. I used half of the container for mine and the smell is noticeable on my clothes but not overpoweringly so. My sister’s family is more sensitive to strong scents so she only used a fourth of the container in her detergent and her clothes still come out smelling fresh and clean.

The scooper that comes with the Oxi Clean makes the perfect scooper for your detergent. We measured it and to the fill line is 1 tablespoon and the entire scoop is 2 tablespoons, just the amounts you need to measure out your detergent.

If having to grate the soap bars is turning you off making your own laundry detergent, substitute a box of soap flakes for the bars and there will be no grating necessary.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Overall I am happy with my DIY detergent and may never buy the store brands again! When this runs out (a long time from now!), I am going to try my hand at making my own liquid laundry detergent next.

Monogram Wall Art – DIY

I am not an art and crafts type of person, never have been, but lately my sister has been enlisting me to work on projects she saw on Pinterest with her. I was doubtful that it would be worth our time to make things ourselves that we could we just buy already made in the store, but she convinced me to help her make a wreath for my front door and to my surprise it turned out beautifully, and at a much lower cost than such a wreath would have cost me at the store. So I decided that going forward I would add our DIY projects to the blog. Continue reading →