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Use a banana to polish your shoes

Filed Under: staying green, cleaning

bunch of bananasShoe polish is relatively cheap. Besides making our shoes shine, shoe polish can extend the life of shoes. In the event you run out of shoe polish and happen to have a banana laying around, why not use the banana skin to polish your shoes?

Bananas contain potassium, which is also a key ingredient in shoe polish. To polish your shoes, all you need to do is eat the banana, rub the banana peeling on your shoes, buff with a soft cloth, and then sit back and admire your shoe polishing job.

The next time I run out of shoe polish, I need not worry anymore. Who knew bananas had such a great effect on your shoes. Make sure you get all the banana off though, since you don't want the German Shepherd down the street trying to eat your feet!


  • susan

    bananas are good for a lot of things.....I sa it on the BBC "How Clean is your House". Kim and Aggie teaches a lto of those things to use in clenaing your house. She said bananans have "oil" in the skins in them its why they make a good shoe shine. has Nothing to do with the Potassium. But it has a lot of potassium in them. But they also generate oil. They are also good in your rose garden, but are great to eat when you have bowel problems, for banans help heal the bowels. Its great for your hair also.

  • Barb Lopez

    I recently was on my way out when I noticed my dress heels looked a bit scruffy. I had just finished a banana and thought about what I had heard about polishing with the peel. I hadn't thrown it out yet so I tried it figuring I had nothing to lose. WOW! I even made my hands feel nice.
    Great idea!

  • dorothy

    It's more of a question that I have: which side of the peel?

  • Jess

    You should use the inside of the peel. The oils contained on the inside help to polish the shoes. Make sure you wipe the shoe down afterwards with a cloth or you may have little pieces of banana left on your shoes!

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