Floor waxing is essential to maintain the shiny gloss of wooden floors. However, if you find buying ready-made floor wax prohibitively expensive, it's possible to mix raw wax crystals and kerosene with banana peels to create a substance suitable for use polishing your wooden floors. This home-made floor wax will give a comparable shine and smoothness to that of commercial products, and the oil in the kerosene counteracts the banana peel's stickiness to ensure the finished sheen isn't tacky.

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Banana peels can be as useful as the fruit themselves.

Step 1

Mix 28 oz. of paraffin and 3 1/2 oz. of polyethylene wax crystals in a large mixing pot. Melt over a low heat until the crystals are thoroughly melted and blended.

Step 2

Pour in 6 3/4 pt. of kerosene and stir thoroughly without removing from the heat.

Step 3

Add the fresh peels from 10 to 15 full-sized bananas. Add the peels one at a time and stir into the mixture until the peel has thoroughly disappeared beneath the surface.

Step 4

Stir for three minutes then boil at a low heat for 15 minutes to allow the wax in the banana peels to thoroughly mix with the oils of the solution. Remove the pot from heat and strain through a muslin sheet into jars or molds while still warm. Allow the wax to cool and harden thoroughly before applying it to floors.