Here’s 12 uses for your microwave you may not have realised! 46



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Most of us just use our microwaves to reheat food or thaw meat. But did you know that your microwave has hundreds of other uses?

We’ve found 12 of the best that will make you look at this handy appliance in a new light. Which were you most surprised about?

  1. Tear free onions – pop them in the mic with the ends cut off for 30 seconds and you won’t cry when you cut them!
  2. Reuse stamps – Put a couple of drops of water on the stamp and pop the letter in the microwave. It’ll come right off!
  3. Clean it – Put a bowl of vinegar in a bowl and heat on high for 2 minutes. They will steam off the gunk so all you need to do is wipe it down.
  4. Dry herbs – Place a cup of your herbs on paper towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Decrystallise honey – If your honey jar has become crystallised you can make it gooey and clear again by taking off the jar lid and microwaving for 2 minutes of half heat
  6. Get more juice out of lemons or limes – Heat your citrus fruits on high for a minute and you will get 30 per cent more juice out of them.
  7. Peel garlic fast – Put a single clove on high heat for 15 seconds and it will peel super easily.
  8. Poach an egg – Wet the inside of a mug and crack an egg, making sure you don’t break the yolk. Put a damp paper towel on top of the mug, covering the egg. Microwave on high for 1 and a half minutes and voila!
  9. Rehydrate stale bread – Simply wrap in soaked and rung out paper towel and heat on high for 10 seconds
  10. Revive a dry, clumpy mascara – Remove the lid and brush and place the tube next to a cup of water. Microwave for 10 seconds on high and you can have a few more weeks of your favourite mascara.
  11. Kill germs on a sponge – Kill 99.9 per cent of germs by saturating with water and popping in the mic for a minute. Then you can squeeze out the gunk.
  12. Toast your own nuts – Pop your favourite into a bowl and add some olive oil then microwave in one minute instalments, stirring between. It will take about five minutes in total!

Tell us, do you have other magic microwave tricks?

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  1. I use mine if I need a hot face cloth I dampen it and heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds, I apply a generous amount of moisturizer and put on a hot towel to steam it in, I don’t if it makes any difference but it feels good 🙂 don’t have it too hot.

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    • Must try this Libbi. Speaking of hot face cloths, my eye specialist told me to use a very hot face cloth and brush over the eye lids, then under them. Then use a cotton ball dipped in cold bi-carb of soda (one teaspoon to a large glass of cold water) and wipe it across the lids. Helps to unclog the eyes. By the time I’ve done this every morning, brushed my teeth and had my bath or shower, it’s morning tea time!!

  2. Don’y know whether I’d like no12.

    Many years ago I worked for a group who made white goods and was surprised what they were doing in R&D with the microwaves. B|

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    • Yes, the immense heat emitted from microwaves kills practically all inner nutriment food value, as well as 3 radiation leaks coming out of them.

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      • Microwave ovens do not emit heat. They use radio waves at a specifically set frequency to agitate water molecules in food. As these water molecules get increasingly agitated they begin to vibrate at the atomic level and generate heat. This heat is what actually cooks food in the oven.

    • I still love my microwaves. I bought 2 of them at a Police auction about 20 years ago for $70 and they are both going strong. 🙂

    • I’m surprised you use yours Bruce. Mine gets used for heating coffee in the morning & that’s it – actually it’s taking up too much space in the kitchen when I think about it.

  3. Can not do without mine ! Casseroles, vegies, whole chicken and lots more. If you can find Womens’s Weekly Microwave Cook Book (now out of print but found one for my daughter in Rotary book sale) you will be using your microwave every day.

  4. NEVER put honey in a microwave as it renders it nothing more than sticky syrup – it kills all of the goodness that honey possesses

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    • True, Ruth!

      Best way to de-crystalise honey is to stand the jar in a bowl of hot water, stirring the honey occasionally and adding hot water to bowl as necessary.

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