Give Your Plants a Boost
Sterilize your plant soil for growing seedlings by filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 seconds per kilogram.
Microwaving a wet sponge for 60 seconds can kill 99.9% of most household germs (and around 99.8% of E. coli and salmonella). Try it out.
Make a Heating Pad for Sore Muscles
Cut off the foot off an old tube sock. Fill it with rice, sew the top end together and throw it in the microwave. Now you have a reusable heating pad.
Save Your Stale Bread
Wrap your hard, stale bread in a moist paper towel. Microwave it for 20 seconds. The moisture from the towel will soak into your bread so it’s no longer hard. This works on stale chips, too.
Bake a Cake without the Wait
Baking takes a long time. You can make a single-serving cake in your microwave in just 5 minutes using ingredients you probably already have at home.
Peel Garlic without the Pain
Peeling the skin off garlic just became a lot easier. Just microwave the garlic bulbs for 15 seconds. The water in the garlic steams in the microwave which breaks down the bond between the clove and the skin so that the skin comes off more easily.
Juicing Your Citrus
Before you juice an orange or lemon, microwave the uncut fruit for 10-15 seconds. The microwave will make the citrus juicier to help you get every drop.
DIY Toasted Nuts
Put some nuts or seeds in a microwave-safe bowl and add a little oil. Microwave them in one-minute increments, stirring after each minute. Cook time will vary depending on the type and amount of nuts you’re using, but expect it to take around five minutes.