Did you know that your microwave can be used for far more than just cooking food? Here are a few unusual uses for microwave ovens.
1. Dye clothing
Tie dye is back in fashion! Fill a bowl with warm water and die, scrunch up the item you want to dye, and tie it tightly, then microwave it on a high setting for four minutes. Run the (still tied up) dyed item under a cold tap until the water runs clear, and then set it to one side to dry.
2. Warm towels
Warm up slightly damp towels in the microwave for 2-4 minutes for a luxurious spa-like feeling in your home.
3. Melt wax
If the device you use to wax your legs doesn't melt the wax in a timely fashion, warm the wax in the microwave instead. A full pot of wax should melt, without becoming uncomfortably hot, in ten seconds on 80 percent heat. Be sure to test the temperature before using the wax on your skin, though!
4. Make a heat pad
Instead of buying gel heat pads, fill a sock with lentils and heat it for two minutes in the microwave. A large sock should offer soothing warmth for about 20 minutes, and can work wonders for sore backs and aching muscles.
5. Revitalize mascara
If your favourite mascara has dried out, put it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it usable again. Be sure to check that the tube and wand don’t contain any metal though.
6. Clean your sponge
Sponges can harbour a lot of nasty bacteria. Zapping your sponge in the microwave for a few seconds (or one minute) once a week can help to get rid of those bacteria, making your sponge last longer. Soak the sponge in a water and white vinegar mix before doing this.
7. Loosen stamps
If you collect stamps this trick will save you a lot of time. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the stamp and heat it for 20 seconds in the microwave. The stamp should peel right off the envelope with ease.
8. Loosen chewing gum
Have your kids got chewing gum stuck to their school uniform? Heat a cup of vinegar in the microwave for a few seconds, and then dab the warm vinegar onto the gum with a cloth to loosen the gum.
9. Disinfect cutting boards
Plastic cutting boards are another thing that can harbour bacteria. Just washing cutting boards isn't always enough to get rid of the bacteria that grows inside the smaller cuts and nicks on the board. After washing, rub it with a piece of lemon and put it in the microwave for a minute.
10. Wash socks
Instead of running the washing machine for a couple of socks, put them in a large bowl of soapy water and heat it in the microwave for ten minutes.
11. Sterilise soil
Before you plant seedlings, sterilise the soil to get rid of bacteria and give those seedlings the best chance of surviving. It takes seven minutes to sterilise a kilogram of compost, and 90 seconds to sterilise a 400g plate of soil.
12. Open oysters
Place oysters in a microwave-safe dish, round side down, and cover it with a paper towel. Heat the oysters for a few seconds, and watch them open.
13. Sterilize jam jars
Pour an inch of water into a jam jar and heat it in the microwave for one minute, so that the water boils, removing stubborn jam remnants from the jar.
14. Oiling wooden cutting boards
If you use wooden chopping boards, you can seal oil into them by heating the oil in the microwave on a low heat for several minutes before applying it to the board.
15. Warm plates
Before serving a fine meal, sprinkle water on your plates and heat them for 30 seconds. Serving food on a warm plate makes any meal fit for a king.
This article was written by Amy from appliancecity.co.uk. Amy is a writer with a keen interest in all aspects of the home. She is always looking for unique projects to undertake and new ways to make day to day life easier! Connect with them, here.