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How To Use The Microwave In Alternative Ways

Most people have a microwave in their kitchen and this item can be used to cook and heat a wide range of dishes in almost no time at all. However, what many people don’t realize is that there are lots of other things you can do with your microwave besides cooking. Here are some of the alternative ways you can use your microwave.

Clean Sponges

We all know that bacteria can build up on kitchen sponges very quickly and as soon as they start to smell or feel a little greasy it is tempting to throw these sponges in the bin. However, the microwave can come to the rescue and save a lot of time by effectively disinfecting these sponges so that they are clean and fresh once again. All you need to do is lightly wet the offending sponge and put it in your microwave for two minutes. The heat from the microwave will kill off all of the bacteria in a jiffy. The great thing about this is that you can microwave the sponges every time you use them if you wish and they will not disintegrate in the microwave. However, it is important to make sure that your sponge does not contain any traces of metal before throwing it into the microwave. Another good way to clean your sponges with the microwave and leave them smelling good again is to spike the water that you soak them in with a little lemon juice or white vinegar.

Revitalise Bread

Home cooked bread is so much nicer than bread that is bought from the shops. The only downside with bread that you make yourself is that because it does not contain any additives it can quickly become stale in the summer time or damp in the winter when there is a lot of excess moisture in the air. Before you resort to throwing this bread away, turn to your trusty microwave for help. The first step is to wrap the bread in a damp cloth or a paper towel. Next, place the break on a microwave safe dish. Microwave the bread on the high setting for ten seconds. You can repeat this process as often as you want and it will leave your bread feeling light and fresh almost as if it just came from the bakery. The other great thing about microwaving stale bread is that it will release the delicious aroma of the bread. However, it is important to make sure that you wrap your bread and ensure that there are no gaps in the wrapper, otherwise the bread will dry out and be very unappealing.
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