You heard that right! I used a banana peel to shine my shoes.
My boots were looking pretty bad, having made a few trips to the hen house surrounded by mud. They’ve also been scraped and battered over the years, and I never seem to have the time to shine ’em up. We don’t have any shoe polish here in the house and I didn’t want to go out and buy some, knowing it’s likely not made with the most environmentally-friendly ingredients. I had also done some research a year or so ago about 20 incredibly versatile things a banana peel can be used for. Shining your shoes with a peel was on the list. I figured it was time to give it a try.
So here’s all you need:
Your scuffed up shoes, made of leather or a facsimile thereof
A Banana Peel
The Method: Rub the inside of the banana peel all over your shoes. Spread that shiny gook all over and rub some of it in as you swipe peel over leather. Then, grab your soft cloth and buff, just as you would if you were polishing your shoes with that black or brown stuff you see at the airport shoeshine spot. Rub and then buff. Apply a second coat of banana peel goodness and rub and buff again. Do it a third time, and you’re done! They’re not sticky at all. The oil from the inside peel of the banana did its magic and my boots are good to go for a few hundred more miles.
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I think I’ve heard of this. Brilliant! But does it darken lighter coloured leathers?
I don’t know for sure. So, best to spot check on a small part of the shoe. If I try it, I’ll let you know, but my hunch is that the oil only conditions it and darkens very very slightly.
I had heard several times that you could use banana skin to polish shoes, but was not sure how it worked. Now I feel ready to try it on my ballerinas. Thanks 🙂
Let me know how it goes, Sarah!
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Shut the front door. Rad.