10 things you didn’t know your microwave could do

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The microwave can be used for many things other than preparing or heating food. Here are some tricks that you probably didn’t know.

1. Give your plants a boost

Horticulturists at Colorado State University suggest filling the plastic containers with a thin layer of potting soil and placing them in the microwave for 90 seconds per kilogram before sowing, then when planting these seeds, you will notice that they sprout much faster.

2. Save a stamp

You can remove a seal from an envelope by putting a drop of water on it and then putting it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

3. Disinfect the sponges.

The microwave can kill 99.9% of most germs in a sponge (and approximately 99.8% of E. coli and salmonella). Try it yourself: saturate your sponges with water and leave them in the microwave for 60 seconds.

4. Make your own thermal pad for muscle pain.

Cut the foot of an old sock and sew the end. Fill with rice and sew the top closed. You now have an economical heating pad that you can use again and again. Take it to the next level by adding a few drops of lavender to the rice. Microwave every time you want to use it.

5. Keep the bread fresh

If the two-day bread is a little hard, wrap it in a damp paper towel and leave it in the microwave for 20 seconds. The moisture in the towel will soak your muffin, and it will be fresh again.

6. Peel off your lumps of brown sugar.

The napkin trick also works when your brown sugar is stuck. Dampen a paper towel, stick it, and put it in the box with your sugar. Close everything and put it in the microwave for 25 seconds. The moisture in the towel will be transferred to the sugar.

7. Bake a cake without waiting

You can make a cake of a portion in the microwave in just 5 minutes using ingredients that you probably already have at home.

8. Peel Garlic 

Peeling garlic skin is a task that requires good nails and a lot of patience. It shouldn’t be like that. In a microwave oven, place the garlic for 15 seconds, and they will come off much more quickly. The effect is thanks to the presence of water in garlic. This vapor breaks the bond between the sheath and the skin.

9. Get more out of your citrus

Before extracting an orange or lemon juice, pass the uncut fruit in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. The microwave will facilitate the preparation of the juice and help you get every drop.

10. Roasted Nuts

Place the nuts in a microwave-safe container, add a little oil and microwave in a minute, stirring after each baking. The cooking time varies depending on the type and amount of nuts you use, but wait until it takes about five minutes. The trick also works for foods such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.