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Offline hannahwoff

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« on: 28/12/2005 19:40:39 »
I have been told that you can clean shoes with a banana skin, is this true and if so what is the science behind this?!
« Last Edit: 06/12/2009 12:50:28 by chris »


 

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Re: Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #1 on: 28/12/2005 20:23:39 »
Welcom to the site Hannah ( I have in fact also posted this welcome in your other banana thread which I have now deleted.)

As a firm believer in epirical study, the next time I have a banana I will clean my shoes with the skin.

Nothwithstanding any chemical reaction I am sure that just rubbing the shoe with the skin will do something but as hannahwoff says, if anybody knows about the science behind it please educate us.

I presume suede is a no no !!

Hannah...it's not necessary to re post your question, if you just go back to the original post you can bring it back to the top just by adding another comment or by just posting 'BTT' (Bring To Top). However, as mentioned, I have now deleted the original post to make way for this one.

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Re: Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #2 on: 28/12/2005 21:56:33 »
Thanks Neil, I have tested it and it does work. I am really keen to know why this works as its for some research i'm doing. COuld you suggest any companies/associations/people who might be able to help me?
 

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Re: Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #3 on: 28/12/2005 22:57:19 »
You're welcome Hannah.

As far as recommeding people etc...I must admit this is completely out of my purview.

Come on everybody lets get some answers for Hannah !!

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Re: Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #4 on: 29/12/2005 12:19:43 »
which way round do you use the skin? Do you use the soft squidgy side or the yellow side?
 

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Re: Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #5 on: 05/01/2006 16:45:24 »
Shoe polish is primarily wax.
Banana leaves contain wax:-
http://asae.frymulti.com/abstract.asp?aid=14121&t=2
so it is possible that banana skin also contains wax,
and could be used as a polish.
http://www.channel4.com/4money/goinggreen/features/save_shine_100604_page2.html
« Last Edit: 05/01/2006 16:56:31 by ROBERT »
 

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #6 on: 06/12/2009 12:51:43 »
One has to wonder, under what circumstances one would resort to banana-related shoe ablutions?
 

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #7 on: 06/12/2009 13:03:08 »
Are we really talking about cleaning shoes, or just polishing them?  I don't think that a banana would be very good for removing dried mud from a pair of shoes.
 

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #8 on: 05/10/2010 06:42:30 »
HI,

That's right, you can go polish your shoes with this yellow crescent of unparalleled beauty because bananas contain a key ingredient found in commercial shoe polishes - potassium. Here's how.

1.Peel a banana. Take the fruit out and eat it if you like, just make sure you keep the skin.

2.Apply the skin. Using the inner lining of the banana skin, begin to rub it all over your shoes, just as you would if you were using polish. It may feel strange to be doing this (and it is) but don't worry, it does work.

3.Buff. Once you have wiped the banana skin over the whole of both shoes, buff them up with a soft cloth.

4Admire your now clean shoes. They'll come up shiny and almost like new again: perfectly polished shoes, organic style.

« Last Edit: 05/10/2010 06:47:59 by Angelinabv »
 

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #9 on: 05/10/2010 09:05:47 »
I don't think that potassium is responsible for the shining effect; I suspect that it is the mildly abrasive effect of the skin coupled with the oils from the skin that help to shine up the leather. Most of the potassium in a banana is present in the flesh rather than the skin.

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Can you clean shoes with a banana skin?
« Reply #10 on: 05/10/2010 17:20:08 »
Scientific evidence that you might not want clean the soles of your shoes with a banana;

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-banana-slip.html

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