You use the microwave to cook your food in a flash, but do you know what else it can do? As it turns out, your microwave is a highly versatile kitchen gadget. Bring stale foods back to life, sterilize items in your kitchen and find easier ways to deal with produce. It can do it all! Check out these genius ways to use the microwave for the details.
Unusual Ways to Use the Microwave
Zap your wet sponges for two minutes on high power to kill 99% of germs.
Make stale chips and crackers crisp again. Place them in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.
Dry fresh herbs so they won’t go to waste in your refrigerator.
Stop! Don’t throw out that clumpy brown sugar. Soften it in the microwave instead, heating it in 10-20 second increments until it breaks apart.
Ripen oranges (or at least brighten the color of the peel) by microwaving them for about 15 seconds. Add an apple or banana to the microwave, too, in order to produce more ethylene.
Soften stale bread by microwaving it for 10-30 seconds. For breads that are particularly hard (like a baguette), put a wet paper towel over the plate before microwaving it.
Rub lemon juice on your plastic cutting board, and then pop it in the microwave for 60 seconds to disinfect it.
Make your own rice sack heating pads. They’re completely reusable, and you can heat them up in the microwave any time you’re feeling sick.
Microwave Hacks You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
Shuck and cook corn in a flash in the microwave. Cut off one end, leave the end with the corn silk, microwave it, and the corn will slide right out silk free. Easy peasy.
Clean a cruddy microwave by heating lemon and water in a bowl for 5 minutes.
Fruits are easier to juice when you microwave them for 10-15 seconds first.
If you can your own fruits and veggies, you can quickly sterilize canning jars in the microwave. Fill half full with cold water, and microwave the jars until the water boils. You’ll have to dry them in the oven to maintain the sterility, though.
When you need sterile soil for your potted plants, microwave 2 pounds of potting soil for about 2 minutes to kill any living organisms in it.
Revive clumpy mascara with contact solution and a few minutes in your microwave.
Dry flowers for potpourri in the microwave. The thickness of the flower’s petals will determine how long you need to put them in the microwave. Find out more here.
Extra tip: For a quick sugar fix, make a microwave mug cake.
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