7. Whiten teeth on the cheap
1. Grill a juicier piece of chicken
You’re a grill master…except when it comes to skinless chicken breasts. They’re so lean that they dry out faster than you can flip them. Next time, place a banana peel on top of each breast while cooking. The peel will create a barrier that acts like skin, helping the meat retain its natural juices.
2. Make a natural fruit-fly trap
Even though the oranges and apples in your fruit bowl are nowhere near expiration, you often find little flies buzzing around your kitchen. Catch the pests once and for all by crafting a trap. First gather a large yogurt container, a banana peel, a hammer, and a small nail. Using the nail and hammer, poke holes in the lid of the yogurt container. Place the banana peel inside, snap on the lid, and leave it where the flies tend to gather. The sweet smell of banana will attract the fruit flies, leading them to crawl inside—but they won’t be able to fly back out through the tiny holes. Dispose of the trap after a day or when most of the flies have been caught.
3. Stop a scratched CD or DVD from skipping
If your favorite disc just won’t play smoothly, fix it with a banana peel. To do: Rub the back of the disc in a gentle circular motion with the inside of the peel. Wipe off any residue with a soft cloth, then lightly spray the disc with glass cleaner and buff it until it looks clean. The wax in the peel will fill in scratches without harming the plastic finish, so the disc can play sans skips.
4. Rid your garden of aphids for good