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Polish Your Shoes with a Banana Peel

Historically, the meeting of shoe and banana peel has been tragic. Shoe comes in contact with peel. Hilarity ensues at the possible expense of someone's health. Yes. The relationship between yellow fruit covering and footwear has been tenuous at best, but now the two have come together in a pleasing, eco-friendly way.

Shoe Polish and Health

Shoe polish can be toxic. Here's what the Dept. of Health and Human Services says about shoe polish:

[Emergency Instructions:] INHALATION: Remove to fresh air. Contact a physician if irritation occurs.

EYE CONTACT: Flush eyes with water. Contact a physician if irritated.

SKIN CONTACT: Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water. If irritation occurs, contact a physician.

Product will temporarily stain skin. Direct eye contact may cause irritation of the eye.

Shoe Polish and the Environment

In Los Angeles and most other places, shoe polish is disallowed in the regular trash. It must be disposed of as a hazardous material, because it often contains materials like naphtha and turpentine.

Polish Your Shoes With a Banana Peel

You can polish your shoes with a banana peel. It is a great way to reduce waste. Eat the banana for obvious reasons. Reuse the peel to polish the shoe. The oils and the potassium in the banana polish and preserve your shoes. Compost the peel. You can have polished shoes without damaging your health or the environment, leaving behind zero packaging waste.

How to Shine Your Shoe With a Banana

1.Eat banana

2.Rub the inside of the banana against the surface of your shoe.

3.Acquire soft cloth. Buff shoes.

4.Compost peel.

And it really, really works.