How to clean your plants with banana peels

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Have you ever noticed that your plants look a little dusty every now and again? If so, you've probably wondered how you get that dust off of them. Sure, you could just put them in the bathtub and give them a quick rinse off with your shower head, or you could even use a spray bottle and a rag. Taking them outside when it's nice out is another option, and then you can just spray them with the hose to get all of the dust off. But it turns out there are some other cleaning tips and simple life hacks you can try to keep your plants clean. Why is dust even a problem on plants anyway? Well, just like anywhere else in your home, you don't want dust settling too much. Dust can affect your respiratory system, and it can also trigger allergies in people who have them. Too much dust on plants may also be bad for the plants too, and a layer of dust that's too thick could block the plant from receiving the sunlight it needs to grow and stay alive. Good thing Stock Piling Moms have some great cleaning tips and simple life hacks for us to try out around the home, including this one on how to use a banana peel to clean your plants.

Yes, all you need is a simple, natural banana peel to clean your leafy greens. You may just throw your banana peels in the compost pile or the garbage when you're done with them, but instead, just wipe the peel on the plant, giving multiple uses for things in your kitchen. Just get your banana peel and wipe it down each leaf on your plant carefully, so you don't rip the leaves. So after making that morning smoothie or having a banana in your cereal or on toast, you can put it to use before tossing it out. It may take you a while, but it will be worth it in the end. Not only is this a great natural cleaning tip, but it will also shine your plant's leaves up making them look healthy once again. The coating on the plant from the banana peel will also prevent dust from sticking to the plant leaves again.

So try it out and see if it works on your plants. It would be perfect for plants with larger leaves or jade plants. It might not work so well on ferns because of how delicate they can be though, so with a fern; you're probably best to take it outside and gently shake it off and spray it with the light misting option on your hose attachment. Or, you can also use your shower head in your bathtub or shower. Also, this will not work with cacti plants that have lots of prickles on them for obvious reasons. But you can also clean your cacti outside with the hose or a spray bottle or in the sink or tub depending on how large they are. If you need something to do with your bananas if you don't want to eat them right away but you want to use the peel to clean your plants, you can store them in the freezer to use for different recipes later on. Just break or cut them into small pieces and put them into a freezer safe bag, so they don't get freezer burn. Then, you'll have little banana pieces to use in all sorts of recipes which they share on Stock Piling Moms too. You can make banana ice cream, smoothies and even banana bread with the frozen bananas.***

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