Forget Elbow Grease ... Use Your Microwave!



If you think your microwave oven is only good for heating leftovers, think again — it could be saving you loads of time and effort around the house!


  • Heat up a clean, vinegar-soaked sponge for a powerful grime-remover.

  • To decrystalize honey in a glass jar, remove the lid and warm on medium for 30-60 seconds.

  • Warm up an old roll of masking tape to make it sticky again.

  • To disinfect a plastic cutting board, wash it, then rub with a cut lemon and heat for 1-2 minutes.

  • Zap lemons or limes for about 20 seconds before squeezing to get more juice!

  • Soften up hardened brown sugar in the package by adding a few drops of water or an apple slice and warming on medium power for about 15 seconds.

  • Crack hard-shelled nuts easily! Microwave in a bowl of water until boiling, let cool a bit, then dry and crack.

  • Dry fresh herbs between 2 sheets of paper towels by cooking for about 40 seconds on high — no more waste!

  • Dry out fresh breadcrumbs to use for breading.

    You can save even more work by making your microwave “self-cleaning” ... just follow the simple instructions on page 6 of Uncommon Solutions to Common Everyday Problems!


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    • FC&A Staff Writer