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How to:... use your microwave in ways you'd never thought of

19th May 16, 2:53 pm

Here are 6 surprising things you might not have known your microwave could do!


  • If the oven is already full on Christmas Day, warm the plates by sprinkling or spraying each one with water – pile inside the microwave. High heat 30 seconds


  • Sterilise damp kitchen cloths by zapping them in the microwave. High heat for 1-2 mins


  • Squeeze more juice from a lemon by softening it first for 15-30 seconds in the microwave


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  • Sore muscles after a workout? Make a heat compress by filling an old sock with rice or beans (uncooked!). Heat in 15 second increments until the desired heat is reached


  • If honey has solidified inside the jar, uncover the jar (no metal lids inside the microwave), and heat for 30 seconds-1 min (NB be careful not to overheat). This will liquefy the honey ready to be spread


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  • Save a dried out mascara. If your gunky mascara is giving you blobby lashes, try heating the tube on high for 30 seconds. Test consistency and heat longer as needed


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