Introduction: Polish Boots With a Banana!

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To polish your boots with a banana you need the following:

--Fresh Banana Peel
--And a square of nylon(Womens stockings work well)

Step 1: Clean Your Boots

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Make sure your boots are free of dust and dirt.

Step 2: Banana Peel

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Then grab your banana peel and start lightly rubbing your boot.

Step 3: Clean Again

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You might need to wipe away some of the banana stuff.

Step 4: Buff and Compare

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Then simply Buff boot toe with some nylon to make it shiny. Here's a picture to compare Banana polish and normal Polish. (Normal polish is on the left, Banana peel polish is on the right)

Ask if you have any questions



EmmaT24 (author)2016-02-03

Wow.. I have never tried to polish my leather boots with a banana before. It's an interesting method. I'll definitely try it. Thanks

Screamo (author)2010-09-27

lol wow

adin247 (author)2009-07-12

Um... My Petty Officer GSM1 would look at me, and give me an un-sat. just because the sight of me rubbing a banana peel on my boot would look slightly…… odd, if he saw me, but It’s a quick thinking idea, I usually have inspections after chow anyways, so I’ll get my daily potassium and a not perfect, but a quick buff… I like it.

belsey (author)2009-04-16

Did you get this idea from the instructable I published a month ago?

Emsaid (author)belsey2009-04-16

No, i never saw yours

belsey (author)Emsaid2009-04-16

It's a good idea to to a quick search for similar instructables before you publish... there's nothing wrong with publishing something on the same subject, so long as you're building on the idea or approaching the problem from a different perspective -- but in this case the banana idea is so simple this instructable is pretty much duplicating what was already posted, minus the recipe for a non-toxic waterproofing cream. It's happened to me many times, getting an idea for what I think is a great original instructable, only to see it's already been done. So either I toss my idea or I take it farther...

Emsaid (author)belsey2009-04-16

well i didnt see yours and you used a woman shoe! i used boots

belsey (author)Emsaid2009-04-17

Clearly there are slight differences. You also added a step I consider unnecessary: the banana peel does a great job at cleaning shoes and wiping off dirt. So I'm not saying this is plagiarism, just that you should check before you publish something to make sure it's not already on this site.

ken_and_tiffer (author)belsey2009-04-17

Dang belsey... you need to chill dude... or dudette ;)

Emsaid (author)ken_and_tiffer2009-04-19

ITS a dudette

belsey (author)ken_and_tiffer2009-04-17

Yes, I meant to comment back sooner to say no harm done, but I got distracted by other stuff.... ken and tiffer, it's not just a matter of etiquette (you'd understand if you'd spent a few hours or even days working on an instructable that it's a bit annoying to see it duplicated), but also using this site to its full potential. What I like about instructables is seeing other's ideas and building upon them. If you just publish your thing without doing research first you're missing out.

Emsaid (author)belsey2009-04-17

Well im sorry!

belsey (author)Emsaid2009-04-17

It's quite all right

Emsaid (author)belsey2009-04-17


Donaldo98 (author)2009-04-16

Honestly, your comparison photo of normal vs banana polish doesn't convince me of the value of this method. The normal polish seems to do a pretty good job.

Emsaid (author)Donaldo982009-04-16

Ok, it works best if you polish with normal polish then use the banana

minime12358 (author)Emsaid2009-04-16

Could you show a before picture too?

Emsaid (author)minime123582009-04-16

step one shows them before their polished.

minime12358 (author)Emsaid2009-04-17

True, but it is much easier when they are on the same page. Since the photo is already in your gallery, it is very easy to add it to the pictures (You dont neccesarily have to make a new picture with all three on it.

Emsaid (author)minime123582009-04-17

ok it will be up soon! step 4

JohnNNJ (author)Donaldo982009-04-16

I don't think it's meant for daily use but in a pinch. A moment when you need to polish and for some reason have access to a banana(s) but not polish.

karl_t (author)Donaldo982009-04-16

True, but as a server at a high-class restaurant, this is invaluable to me. At any given moment, I definitely have access to bananas and nylon. What I don't have at work, however, is shoe polish. And this isn't a chain restaurant: Scuffed loafers need not apply. :P

shift_nismo (author)2009-04-16

it is scientifically proven that mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of bananas so.. yea..

Emsaid (author)shift_nismo2009-04-16

yeah also the color blue, so dont go out with blue banana polished boots!

shift_nismo (author)shift_nismo2009-04-16

not saying your thing is bad.. just a caution.

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-04-15

what about white leather?

Emsaid (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-16

I don't think that will work, what kind of leather is it? Fuzzy, or smooth?

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Emsaid (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-16

ok, that will probably work, but you can't hold me responsible

belsey (author)Sandisk1duo2009-04-16

Try this

Emsaid (author)2009-04-15

I got these for CAP at Value Village for 6 bucks!

Jaelle (author)2009-04-15

I so have to try this someday

iac (author)2009-04-15

w/ all the 'nanas I go through this'll save me $$. I wish they still sold those Inexpensive military boots you got, Simole and cheap. I once saw some kids in a bootcamp alternative to jail program with ankle bbot versions. no luck finding a vendor

NachoMahma (author)2009-04-15

. Wish I'd known this trick when I was in boot camp. heehee

JonathanCM (author)2009-04-15

Dual-purpose bananas! thanks!

mg0930mg (author)2009-04-15

Haha. That's a cool/weird thing to know. Thanks for the laugh. :)

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