What’s your favorite thing to use your microwave for?
Yeah, it’s probably sort of a strange question to ask, but you use your microwave so often, so why not think about it?
Some of us might even use it more than we cook!
There’s the go-to options of a mug cake, or even just a simple microwave dinner.
People even throw their sponge in the microwave to get rid of the bacteria.
But there’s a whole untapped area of what you can use your microwave for that you’ve never even tried!
We’re here to introduce you to some awesome microwave hacks that will transform the way you do everything!
1. Make stale potato chips crunch again
If you put the pile of chips you waited too long to eat in the microwave on a paper towel and briefly heat them up, the towel will absorb moisture and make the chips crispy again!
2. Eat stale bread
The potato chip trick works the same way with bread. Wrap up the piece of dry and unappetizing bread in a damp paper towel. You only need to cook it in the microwave for 10 second bursts until it’s at the level of softness your stomach desires.
3. Easily peel fruits and veggies
Foods like peaches and tomatoes are so annoying to peel, that you try to avoid doing that prep step at all costs. But, make the process painless by heating the food in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then letting stand for two minutes. The skin will slide off easily!
4. Peel garlic
Garlic works the exact same way, in an even faster amount of time! Just throw a clove in the microwave and heat it for 15 seconds. You’ll never have smelly garlic fingers again!
5. Juice more citrus
Throwing a lemon or lime in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds will completely change your juicing experience. NO more single tablespoons of lemon juice after squeezing the thing for five minutes. If you put the fruits in the microwave first, you’ll double the amount of juice you get from squeezing the citrus.
6. Make a hot compress
Don’t waste water by waiting for the sink faucet to get warm. If you need a hot compress, soak a towel in water and then heat it in the microwave on high for about a minute. Plus, you’ll probably have it ready faster than you would if you were waiting for the water.
7. Get new life from old honey
The longer honey is stored in the pantry, the more it’s going to crystallize, making it near impossible to get the last couple of spoonfuls from the jar. This is instantly fixed by putting the jar in the microwave, sans lid, on 50 percent power for two minutes.
8. Self-clean it
When’s the last time you gave the microwave a good scrub? It’s actually a lot easier than you’re making it out to be, and doesn’t take much effort on your part. All you need to do is throw a bunch of wet paper towels into the microwave and heat them for three to five minutes. The steam produced from the moisture in the paper towels will soften all the sticky grime and leftover food, and then you just use the paper towels to wipe it all away.
9. Dry out herbs
If it’s the end of the week and you haven’t used up all your produce, don’t throw it away. Take those herbs that are a little on edge and throw them in the microwave on a paper towel for two to four minutes. The result is perfectly dried herbs!
10. Stop your tears
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work for all criers. But, if you have tears in your eyes from cutting onions it definitely will. Before you start the painful chopping experience, trim the edges off the onions and throw them in the microwave for 30 seconds. When you go to make a cut, your eyes will thank you.
11. Reuse stamps
Don’t worry, we won’t rat you out to USPS. Grab the envelope with the stamp and place a couple drops of water over the already pasted stamp. Microwave the whole thing for about 20 second, and then easily peel of the little square.