Forget the old stereotype that microwaves are only for heating up boring, unhealthy microwave meals for one; it’s capable of far more…
With the right cookware, you can create delicious meals from scratch that can be healthy, nutritious and quick to make.
But the power of a microwave doesn’t stop there… Here are some creative uses for your microwave oven which you might not have thought of before.
Brighten up your old clothes – Transform t-shirts in a matter of minutes by dyeing them in your microwave. All you need to do is prepare the fabric by scrunching, knotting, twisting or folding and then tie the fabric tightly.
Make sure you wear a pair of rubber gloves, then empty a pack of fabric dye into a bowl and add 250ml warm water. Stir until the dye is fully dissolved. Continue to add a further 250ml, then put the bowl into a plastic freezer bag and microwave on high for four minutes.
Remove from the microwave and rinse the fabric under cold water until it runs clear. Then untie the fabric and dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
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Sterilising soil and compost – Save money by sterilising your own soil, this removed bacteria and can improve seedlings’ chance of survival.
Start by spreading 400g of soil on a flat, non-metal dish and then heat on a high temperature in your microwave for 90 seconds, or until steaming
To sterilise compost, put 1kg in a covered microwaveable dish and heat on full for seven minutes.
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Clean your socks – Got some odd socks you want to wash? Then pop them in a microwaveable bowl of soapy water for ten minutes on high power.
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Get even more juice out of lemons and limes – If you’re making yourself a refreshing summer drink to cool down with, make sure you get the most out of your ingredients.
Before you start squeezing your lemons or limes, pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften.
What other uses have you discovered for your microwave? Comment below with your ideas!