Top 10 Green Kitchen Tips You Must Know About! {Mommy Tips}

Top 10 Green Kitchen Tips!

We are next sharing our Top 10 super helpful kitchen tips that you must hear about. We have personally tested each one and they have worked wonders for us! Here they are:

  • Use Vinegar to Clean your Electric Kettle:  Boil a mixture of half water and half vinegar inside of the kettle and then rinse. You will have no more calcium buildup on the heating element! Easy!
  • Check to See How Fresh your Eggs Are: Just place the eggs in about three-four inches of cool water with a pinch of salt. Any eggs that float are past their fresh stage and the ones that stay on the bottom are fresh.
  • Stop Crying when Peeling your Onions:  Using a knife, cut a cone out of the bottom of your onion (right where the roots come out). The diameter of the cone hast to be around a third of the diameter of the entire onion for it to work, and about 1/3 deep. Throw the cone piece away and continue chopping it up without any crying. The piece you cut first contains the glands that make you cry when chopping an onion.
  • Get Rid of the Odor on your Hands after Chopping Garlic: Just rub your hands on a stainless steel surface or stainless steel knife. The stainless steel absorbs the odor! Cool right?
  • Keep your Bananas Fresh for Longer: Store bananas separately and away from other fruits  instead of in a bunch. Bananas release gases that causes other fruits and other bananas to ripen quickly.
  • Keep your Lemons Fresh for Up to 2 Months: Store them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge to keep them fresh for longer.
  • Keep Cheese from Getting Dry/Hard:  Just cut off enough for immediate use and spread the remaining portion with a very thin film of butter, then put it in a cool place.  You are keeping air out and preventing the cheese from drying out.
  • Clean your Coffee and Tea Pots with Baking Soda: Wash your coffee maker and tea pot in a solution of 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1 quart of warm water. No more stains or bitter taste.
  • Get Food Stains Off Your Fingers with Potatoes: Slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
  • Soften Hardened Brown Sugar:  Place a slice of apple in the  hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.
Do YOU have any more kitchen tips that you want to share with us?
We would love to hear about them!

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100 responses to “Top 10 Green Kitchen Tips You Must Know About! {Mommy Tips}”

  1. Rachel N — May 31, 2012 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    Never knew that about bananas! Great tip.

  2. Debbie P — May 31, 2012 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    I love using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. I have never tried apple with brown sugar, but I sometimes put a fresh piece of bread with it, or with hard puffed wheat squares, and they soften right up. I am definately going to try the onion tip, as I ALWAYS cry! Thanks for sharing these tips.

  3. Shirley — May 31, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    These are amazing tips! I have to try some of them out.

  4. Elva Roberts — May 31, 2012 @ 3:22 pm (#)

    May 31-I am willing to try boiling water and vinegar in my kettle. I was putting both in the kettle and waiting for the inside to be cleaned. Didn’t happen. I guess I thought it workied like bleach. So I get to add another step. Thank you.-el03ro

  5. TiffanyD — May 31, 2012 @ 3:46 pm (#)

    Awesome tips!!! thank you 🙂

  6. Simona — May 31, 2012 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    I really needed to know about the lemon trick. Ours aren’t staying that fresh and be buy them by the bagful to drink with water!

  7. Cassie Bailey-Harig — May 31, 2012 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    Vinegar is a wonderful cleaner! And the best part is how cheap it is!

  8. Megan — May 31, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    So smart! I hate the powder gunk left in my kettle!

  9. Elva Roberts — June 1, 2012 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    June 1-that test for freshness of eggs is really cool(no pun intended.) It is so simple but could save you from putting an “off ” egg in your baking or in an omelette. Thanks for this Tip.-el03ro

  10. Janice Dye-Szucs — June 2, 2012 @ 9:45 am (#)

    Well I learned something new about keeping my lemons in a bowl of cold water in the fridge. Thanks!

  11. Elva Roberts — June 2, 2012 @ 9:51 am (#)

    June 2- Thank you for this tip for peeling onions. I had never heard of this tip before and You may be sure I will try it. It will surely come in handy when cutting up a supply of onions for any dish!-el03ro

  12. Elva Roberts — June 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am (#)

    June 2- Thank you for this tip for peeling onions. I had never heard of this tip before and You may be sure I will try it. It will surely come in handy when cutting up a supply of onions for any dish!-I keep saying I learn something new almost every day in my Blog adventures and I love the lessons.-el03ro

  13. Clifford Perkins — June 2, 2012 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    These tips are really useful and much appreciated. I especially will use the lemon tip and your tip for keeping cheese from getting hard, never knew this…thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  14. Ginny rutherford — June 2, 2012 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    Some I have heard of (& used – cleaning a kettle, stainless steel vs garlic – both amazing!) some I will be trying. Thanks for the tips!!

  15. Brianna L. — June 3, 2012 @ 2:01 am (#)

    I love this. Most are new to me. I’m in the process of deep cleaning my house to start child care in my home. I’m going to be trying some of these in the next week.

  16. Elva Roberts — June 4, 2012 @ 10:12 am (#)

    June 4–I have a problem keeping my lemons fresh. I had never heard your tip before about keeping them in cold water in a bowl in a frig. You may be sure I will be using this tip as well as the others I have commented on previously. Thank You.-elj03ro

  17. Elva Roberts — June 4, 2012 @ 10:13 am (#)

    June 4–I have a problem keeping my lemons fresh. I had never heard your tip before about keeping them in cold water in a bowl in a frig. You may be sure I will be using this tip as well as the others I have commented on previously. Thank You.-el03ro

  18. Amanda Miehle — June 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    Those are awesome tips! Especially the ones about the onions and the bananas. I always dread chopping onions, but I put them in everything! Definitely good to know.

  19. Brooke — June 4, 2012 @ 7:26 pm (#)

    great tips! I am a green blogger (stop by my site) and this is great to share

  20. Tanya — June 4, 2012 @ 7:27 pm (#)

    Great tips!

  21. Jen M — June 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm (#)

    “The stainless steel absorbs the odor! ” – wow, gotta try this!

  22. Lili Garcia — June 8, 2012 @ 10:18 pm (#)

    Great tips! I will def try them

  23. Maggie — June 10, 2012 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    An oldie but a goodie: Put a slice of bread in with rock-hard brown sugar to soften it!

  24. Elva Roberts — June 11, 2012 @ 10:34 am (#)

    June 11–My husband used to grow lots of Potatoes but I never knew cut potatoes could be used to get rid of stains on one’s hands. Thank you for this tip. I will try it out.–el03ro

  25. kelly — June 15, 2012 @ 7:54 am (#)

    LOVE these tips! Especially the good or bad egg floating tip. Thank you!

  26. Jill M — June 19, 2012 @ 7:55 am (#)

    These are crazy helpful tips. I especially like the one about how to tell if your eggs are fresh.

  27. Hope Schaitkin — June 19, 2012 @ 11:01 am (#)

    Awesome tips. You should write more about how to be energy efficient in the kitchen, I think that would be really helpful. But I’m definitely going to try the one about the bananas. Check out my green kitchen tips here:

  28. Aundrea Lauzon — June 21, 2012 @ 1:16 pm (#)

    I love the tip about cleaning my tea/coffee pots with baking soda. Thanks. Mine are filthy and need a BIG cleaning!

  29. Jaimee Mcallister — June 22, 2012 @ 7:56 am (#)

    I loved reading this blog, lol, Im glad your giveaways have a ‘comment on non giveaway post’, otherwise i might not have discovered this treasure of a post. Will be very useful to remember around the house

  30. Deb Dorrington — June 28, 2012 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    Your tips are great, really like the fresh egg tip which I didn’t know.. You have a such a super blog, always enjoy visiting, always learn something or am entertained…thanks!

  31. Dandi D — August 3, 2012 @ 6:47 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips. These are great!

  32. amy v — September 2, 2012 @ 7:09 pm (#)

    great tips!! i didn’t know that the onion glands are the cause of making me cry! i’m going to try these. i read somewhere that after you chop onion or garlic to rub your hands with sea salt and rinse and the smell should be gone…i’ve done that and it works!

  33. Carole Ingram — November 12, 2012 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    I had no idea that you could store your lemons in a bowl of water to keep them fresher longer! Cool tips!

  34. Brianne — November 16, 2012 @ 12:09 am (#)

    The tip about the onion sounds interesting, I will have to try it. My eyes don’t just water when I cut an onion, they burn, and for a long time afterwards.

  35. Sarah — December 4, 2012 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    I love these tips! My partner also taught me that rolling citrus fruits on the counter before you juice them makes them easier to hand juice 🙂

  36. lexi — December 12, 2012 @ 7:59 am (#)

    I have never heard of the onion tip, I’ll have to try that.

  37. Keara B. — December 16, 2012 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    You have the best tips! I rarely cook with onions because my eyes are so sensitive- I am going to try your tip right away. My hubby loves onions and will thank you. 🙂

  38. Sarah Hayes — January 4, 2013 @ 4:52 pm (#)

    Thats good to knw about getting food stains of your hands. these are great tips

  39. Stephanie LaPlante — January 15, 2013 @ 4:39 pm (#)

    I’m trying that onion tip. I totally cry.

  40. Emilia T — January 21, 2013 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    I forgot about the potatoe trick. My grandma from the old country did this

  41. Janet W. — January 26, 2013 @ 2:39 am (#)

    Those are great tips!! I didn’t know the trick to keeping a lemon longer!

  42. Michelle Chow — April 7, 2013 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    Hello, OSM. Love these tips the only I had heard before was #10 all of the others I had never heard or read before. Very cool post, thank you One Smiley Monkey.

  43. Vesper — May 13, 2013 @ 7:42 am (#)

    a nearly kitchen tip is – if you cut an onion in half (horizontal) and put it in a newly painted room the onion will absorb the paint odours

    • Angela V — May 13, 2013 @ 7:39 pm (#)

      Great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Erika B — May 20, 2013 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    Wow, just wow!! I think my life in the kitchen just got a lot easier! Heard of a few of these tips, but I love the egg one as well as the onion and garlic tips. Saving this to share with family and friends !!

  45. Vesper — July 13, 2013 @ 7:55 am (#)

    I already do the onion cutting but the cheese and butter is one I will have to try

  46. Elva Roberts — July 23, 2013 @ 3:13 pm (#)

    July 23-I forgot the hint about boiling water and vinegar in an eectric Kettle to clean up buildup on the electric element. Thank you for reminding me.–Elva Roberts

  47. Elva Roberts — July 26, 2013 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    July 26-Thanks for telling us how to find out if our eggs are really fresh. Floating for flunking and staying on the bottom for safe to eat or cook.-el03ro

  48. Judy C — July 31, 2013 @ 9:57 am (#)

    Thanks for all the tips. I try to use as many natural cleaning products that I can to ensure my family and pets safety.

  49. sarah j jackson — August 13, 2013 @ 6:09 pm (#)

    who would have thought you could put that slice of apple in the brown surgar ! I would have thought that it woud just make it harder

  50. Elaine Buonsante — September 6, 2013 @ 2:33 am (#)

    I can hardly wait to peel my next onion using your tip!

  51. Elva Roberts — September 28, 2013 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    September 28-I had never heard before that bananas should be isolated by themselves. Thank you for this really useful tip.

  52. loriag — October 26, 2013 @ 6:31 am (#)

    Great tips. I had not heard of Get Food Stains Off Your Fingers with Potatoes:…

  53. JJ Caraway — October 27, 2013 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    I had never thought about a potato for removing stains off your fingers, might come in handy with the grandchildren. Thanks

  54. amy lovell — November 2, 2013 @ 6:46 am (#)

    These are great tips! Ill have to try alot of them!

  55. Christina Strapp — December 17, 2013 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    These are some great tips especially about the onion. Will have to save this page to look back on.

  56. Lynda Cook — February 19, 2014 @ 12:46 am (#)

    I like the banana tip, I will have to remember this one

  57. Rick F — April 13, 2014 @ 10:23 am (#)

    never knew about the lemon trick.

  58. Amy Heffernan — April 14, 2014 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    WOW!! These are AMAZING tips!! Thanks for sharing. I am going to try a few of these.

  59. Treen Goodwin — May 19, 2014 @ 6:24 am (#)

    Great tips thanks so much for sharing them 🙂 i love the onion tip , i have to remember that one for next time i cut one thanks 🙂

  60. Elaine Buonsante — July 5, 2014 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    I love your tip about peeling onions…it works for me most of the time but after rereading your tip I realize I wasn’t cutting out enough of the diameter…your tip says about 1/3 the diameter. I’ve passed this tip onto the rest of my family.

  61. Darlene Demell — July 13, 2014 @ 8:04 pm (#)

    Thanks for the great tips. I really like the one Keep Cheese from Getting Dry/Hard… hubby just commented today about the cheese getting hard so now I know how to fix that problem.

  62. Elaine Buonsante — July 13, 2014 @ 10:29 pm (#)

    We use a lot of garlic in this Italian household so I really appreciate your tip on how to rid the odor on the hands after chopping it. Thank you!

  63. Elaine Buonsante — July 13, 2014 @ 10:37 pm (#)

    I’ve never heard the tip about using raw potato to remove food stains from your fingers…I been going around with beet stains on my hands for days!!! Thank you for the tip!

  64. Elaine Buonsante — July 13, 2014 @ 10:42 pm (#)

    I’ve never heard of keeping lemons in cold water in the fridge to prolong their life…I’m going to give it a try for lemons and limes. Thanks!

  65. Sarah Coenen — July 27, 2014 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    LOVE these tips! Especially about the cheese. Who knew?

  66. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 15, 2014 @ 11:01 am (#)

    Great tips, thanks for sharing with us all 🙂

  67. DARLENE W — August 28, 2014 @ 9:23 am (#)

    Great tips, thanks for sharing

  68. Wanda+Tracey — October 13, 2014 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    What great tips to know!! Thank you for the heads up.I like the how to get the odor of garlic off your hands and how to keep lemmons fresh for 2 months.They are all good to know. 🙂

  69. kathy+downey — November 17, 2014 @ 5:39 am (#)

    I really like the tip about lemons in a bowl of cold water in the fridge.

  70. kathy downey — January 5, 2015 @ 7:23 am (#)

    we use garlic a lot so …Get Rid of the Odor on your Hands after Chopping Garlic… is a good one for me

  71. kathy downey — January 18, 2015 @ 6:36 am (#)

    Stop Crying when Peeling your Onions,I will put this into action next time I have to peel one

  72. Debbie White Beattie — February 21, 2015 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    I’ve used most of these tips, but my favourite is rubbing my hands on a stainless steal object to remove garlic and onion odors

  73. Theresa Hover — March 1, 2015 @ 8:26 am (#)

    Using a slice of bread in your brown sugar will make it soft too!
    I like the lemon trick, it seems like my lemons get dried out so quickly. and limes too! I bet this would work with limes.

    On the same note as the bananas, if you need to get something, like an avocado, to rippen faster, put it in a sealed bag with bananas or apples (apple release this ripening pheromone too, just not as much as bananas)

  74. Soozle — March 2, 2015 @ 4:02 am (#)

    Really great ideas! I had heard/knew of a few of them; but a few others I would love to try

  75. kathy downey — March 3, 2015 @ 6:04 am (#)

    Thanks for the tips on how to Keep your Bananas Fresh for Longer

  76. Rick F — March 4, 2015 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    Great tips, thanks

  77. Elva Roberts — March 5, 2015 @ 5:40 pm (#)

    I like all your tips.I especially like the one where stains on your hands may be removed by rubbing a pared raw potato over them.

  78. kathy downey — March 29, 2015 @ 7:55 am (#)

    Thanks for the Get Rid of the Odor on your Hands after Chopping Garlic,I love the taste but not the smell

  79. kathy downey — April 5, 2015 @ 7:30 am (#)

    I love using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning,thanks

  80. kathy downey — April 13, 2015 @ 6:54 am (#)

    Keep your Bananas Fresh for Longer,this is a great tip going to try it

  81. kathy downey — June 2, 2015 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    Thanks for the Keep Cheese from Getting Dry/Hard tip

  82. kathy downey — September 27, 2015 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    Get Food Stains Off Your Fingers with Potatoes,after cleaning blueberries all morning I was glad for this tip

  83. kathy downey — November 17, 2015 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    I love Bakig Soda its so helpful aroud the house

  84. kathy downey — November 21, 2015 @ 9:26 am (#)

    I am going to try this Keep your Lemons Fresh for Up to 2 Months,i hate having to throw away spoiled lemons

  85. kathy downey — January 25, 2016 @ 9:37 am (#)

    I love using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning.

  86. Wanda Tracey — July 2, 2016 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    These are great tips.I didn’t know that a potato could clean stains from my hands.
    They are all good to know and will come in handy.

  87. Darlene W — August 13, 2016 @ 11:47 am (#)

    you can never have too many tips for cleaning the kitchen

  88. Elva Roberts — September 12, 2017 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    I really like these tips, and I will use the fresh egg test tomorrow as I have a few eggs I am not sure about. Thank you for the tips. I need to read them occasionally to remember all of them.

  89. Elva Roberts — September 13, 2017 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    I knew it was time to read these tips again. I certainly missed the one about storing bananas separately-not in a bunch as I have been doing. I will remedy tonight.
    These tips are so helpful. Thank you.

  90. Erin N — September 17, 2017 @ 1:42 pm (#)

    Great tips! Thank you. I love learning new things to make cleaning faster and more efficient – perfect!

  91. Elva Roberts — September 18, 2017 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    I have to comment on the keeping cheese fresher tip. I must have skipped over it when I read the paragraph. I tend to be a really fast reader. I have reread that paragraph and realize that I should spread a thin coat of butter over the cheese to keep it fresh. I appreciate all your tips.

  92. Shirley OFlynn — September 26, 2017 @ 6:35 pm (#)

    Great tips! A couple of these I have not heard of before, like the apple slice to soften brown sugar. I will have to give that a try. Thanks for sharing.

  93. Bruce L. — May 13, 2018 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try the onion one, it isn’t very manly to cry while cooking dinner, haha.

  94. Tammi L. — May 31, 2018 @ 6:03 pm (#)

    We always save all our citrus peels in the freezer for when our garburator starts to smell off. Take a few out and defrost and run them through and it’s as good as new – actually better! Do you still wrap the cheese after the butter?

  95. Wanda Tracey — June 10, 2019 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    I love your awesome tips. They are so helpful and tips that I never heard anywhere before. I especially love the one about the cheese. Thank you for sharing this.

  96. Sarah — November 20, 2019 @ 5:27 pm (#)

    Great tips!! I will have to try the apple in the brown sugar trick I have two bags that need softening.

  97. Wanda Tracey — December 9, 2019 @ 11:12 pm (#)

    These are some great tips! I especially appreciate the one on how to tell if your eggs are stale as sometimes I wonder. Thank you for sharing these valuable tips with us.

  98. Elizabeth Matthiesen — December 10, 2019 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    Great tips to help with cleaning, thanks for sharing these.

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