AMAZING THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A MICROWAVE
When you have a recipe-or a cocktail-that calls for fresh squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice, give the fruit a quick blast in the microwave.using the high setting for 20 to 30 seconds will soften the cell walls of the fruit, allowing you to extract significantly more juice than squeezing or reaming alone.
If your kitchen sponges are getting a bit nasty and smelly, don’t chuck them in the trash¬ clean and deodorize them in the microwave. Soak the sponges in water with a tablespoon _of white vinegar or lemon juice, then heat on high for about one minute. After they cool, remove the sponges from the microwave-they’ll be as good as new!
Never let fresh herbs go to waste again with this quick tip for drying them in the microwave. Make sure all the water .has been removed by patting them dry first-otherwise they’ll cook! Pick the leaves off the herbs, then sandwich them between two paper towels on top of a microwave-safe plate. Heat for about a minute. If they haven’t fully dried, continue to heat the herbs in 20-second bursts as necessary.
The microwave provides a chemical-free solution for disinfecting plastic cutting boards used to prepare meat or fish. Wash the board well, rub it with the cut side of a lemon, and heat on high for one minute to kill the bacteria and get your cutting board fresh and clean.
Wax On, Wax Off
The decorative jar is often the main reason we purchase a candle, but removing the wax so the jar can be reused sometimes feels like an impossible task. Instead of chipping away wax to no avail, turn to the microwave for the solution. First, use a knife to remove as many of the large wax chunks from the jar as you possibly can. Then, checking first to make sure that the jar is microwave-safe, put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. This will melt the wax so you can just use a paper towel to wipe it clean.
Dyeing fabric can be a tricky process, but the microwave can help. Mix your dye and warm water in a microwave¬safe container, making sure you measure enough water to ‘ completely submerge the item you’re dyeing. Soak your article of clothing in either vinegar or water-it d ends on the type of dye you are using-then wring it but, and place it in the container. Cover the container with plastic wrap, and put it in the microwave for up to a minute. Keep a careful watch throughout this process-microwaves function at different powers, and you don’t want your paste wrap to melt! When the process is finished, follow the directions that came with the dye to properly wash and dry your item.