5 Times People Used Microwave In An Unusual Way And Surprised Us With The Results

Date April 24, 2018

Did you know that your microwave oven can go far beyond reheating cold leftovers from the yesterday’s dinner? Today we will show you that the microwave is indeed a multifunctional device and can be used in many surprising ways.


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1. Peeling garlic

One of the most known tricks with the microwave oven is that it can help you to peel a head of garlic quickly. Are you tired of wasting time on the messy process and especially, the smell that sticks to your fingers for the whole day? Heat a head of garlic for approximately 20 seconds, and you’ll be able to peel it with just a slide of your fingers.

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2. Getting more juice from a lemon

If you’ve studied physics at school, then the usage of the microwave for more juice will come as no surprise to you. Heat stimulates molecules of water, resulting in a weaker flesh. Hence, the lemon membranes become easier to burst. Get a bonus of 30% more juice in your glass just by heating it for 15-20 seconds.


3. Sanitize your kitchen sponge

First, make sure your sponge is slightly wet. Heat your sponge for no more than 2 minutes to kill all bacteria. The microwave is also used to sterilize glasses and baby bottles. Simply put water in a glass container and heat it for 1-2 minutes.

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4. Sterilize gardening soil

If you want to eliminate plant diseases, weed seeds, and pests, heat two pounds of moist soil in a ventilated microwave-safe container for around 2 minutes. Your gardening soil is sanitized!

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5. Clean the microwave oven

The device can basically clean itself if you heat a microwave-safe bowl of water with the lemon juice for 4-5 minutes. It is recommended to drop the lemon halves into the bowl for a better effect. Hot water and citric acid will do their thing. Simply wipe everything clean afterward!

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Fun fact: Did you know that the first food to be cooked using a microwave was actually popcorn?


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