Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

TodayI…Reflected on creative ways you can save money by using different household items for a variety of purposes. I recently purchased this book by Reader’s Digest and have been inspired to write about certain things that have great flexibility. Perhaps I shall make this a special series of posts.

Who knew so many items around the house had different uses! This just affirms the fact that we shouldn’t waste anything. I’m sure going to learn a lot when it comes to this, but what better time to implement great money saving secrets than now?!?

Today’s featured item:



What sorts of things can you use bananas for (besides a good source of potassium)?

1. Make a face mask (a face mask made of bananas has the similar effect of Botox! No joke!)

All you have to do is mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste, apply it to your face and neck, let it set for 10-20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. It feels good on your skin too! 😉

If you think this is nuts, read more about it here.

2. Eat a frozen “banana-sicle” or chocolate peanut butter dipped bananas.

click here for recipe


Frozen bananas are great, especially with summer finally here! For a frozen “banana-sicle” all you have to do is peel & cut four ripe bananas in half (across middle), stick a wooden Popsicle stick into the flat end of each piece, lay them out on wax paper, and freeze for a few hours. You can be even more creative by dipping them into melted butterscotch or chocolate morsels (use chopped nuts or shredded coconut as toppings).

3. Tenderize a Roast


The next time you’re cooking up a roast, soften it up by adding a ripe, peeled banana to the pan. This will make the meat incredibly tender! If you don’t believe me, ask any Hawaiian, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Malaysian, South Indian, even Mexican you know..they sometimes use banana leaves in their cooking. Mmm..this is making me hungry!

4. Polish Silverware & leather shoes


I tried this at home and it works! First, remove the leftover stringy material from inside of the peel and shine away! This can also work on plants! Instead of spraying water on your plants to remove dust (that actually attracts more dust), wipe down your plants with the inside of the banana peel and watch it *sparkle*!

5. Deter aphids


Bury dried or cut up banana peels 1-2 inches below the aphid-prone plant and sooner or later those little boogers will not return.

6. Add to your compost pile

Burying a banana and/or banana peels are magical additions to any compost pile. Not only do they contain potassium and phosphorus, but this will naturally add more to your pile. Check out my sister’s tutorial on her blog if you want to know how to create a compost. Genius!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post because there’s more where that came from! 😀


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