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How to Use Banana Leaves for Cleaning & Polishing Wooden Floors




Hi everyone!

It’s the weekend and I had the idea for this post when I received an email from a reader of my blog about a post I wrote awhile back. He wanted to know how to use banana leaves to clean and polish wooden floors.

When I was young, my mother use to make us scrub and wax the floor every morning. Back then, we had two choices for waxing the floor. Using commercial wax cream or use banana leaves from our backyard.

We chose banana leaves to polish the floor because being kids, we used the banana leaves as sleds and we would slide around while polishing the floor in the process. We made chores fun!

Today, because we avoid using chemical products in the house and opt for natural alternatives whenever possible, I still use banana leaves as it is freely available.

Here’s how to use banana leaves to clean and polish your wooden floor:


  1. Choose matured green banana leaves.

  2. Wipe it clean.

  3. Dry under the sun for 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Remove the middle hard portion of the banana leaf.

  5. Cut the leaves into desired sizes for easy handling.

  6. Use the banana leaves just as you would use a cloth, to clean and polish the wooden floor until the surface gets shiny, glossy and bright.

  7. For wooden tables wipe with a dry cloth after cleaning, for best result.

  8. Dispose the banana leaves when it loses all its moisture. You can make them into a compost as they are biodegradable.



The floor will be very slippery after polishing so please be careful, especially when cleaning staircases.

If you have children and elderly people living with you, be sure to keep them away from the area until it is safe.

I hope you will find this method helpful as it will reduce the use of harmful chemicals in your home.

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