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Surprising Uses of Microwave Oven

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By Kaleem Ullah

The prime reason why the advent of technology has received such a warm welcome from the world is because of the many conveniences that it brought along for all. One such great gift of technology are microwaves that have become almost an inseparable part of a modern-day kitchen. Microwave ovens are one of the vital home appliances that can make life a lot easier. Based on the Canstar Blue research, at least 96% of households have one microwave in their kitchen.

A microwave oven is the “go-to” appliance when heating leftovers. However, if you only use your microwave to heat leftovers, you are not using it to the fullest. Also, if you don’t have a microwave oven, you are missing out on one of the most important and useful home appliances.

Here, you will discover some of the surprising uses of a microwave oven which you might not even be aware of. Perhaps after reading this post, you will consider having a new microwave oven in your home.


While most people think that stoves and cooktops are used for cooking, there are certainly many foods that can be cooked in a microwave oven. Even multifunctional microwave ovens can be used for grilling, blanching, baking, boiling, grilling, roasting, and even steaming foods. A  microwave oven is extremely versatile in that it allows you to do all these things without using separate kitchen appliances.

Reheating Food

The major use of a microwave oven is for reheating foods. Electric microwaves are very efficient at this. It will not make your food soggy, and you will retain the essential nutrients. Additionally, microwave ovens are great for reheating any food.

Citrus Fruits Juicer

One of the best things you can do with your microwave oven is to turn it into a citrus fruit juicer. Hence, the next time you get an orange or a lemon from your refrigerator, don’t get tempted to juice immediately. Instead, place the fruit in the microwave for 20 seconds. In this way, you can squeeze out more juice!

Disinfect Kitchen Items

You are probably not aware that microwave ovens can also help disinfect kitchen items, including sponges and plastic cutting boards and sponges. Dip your cutting boards and sponges in lemon juice, then place them in the microwave for one minute. Aside from disinfecting, it can also deodorize your kitchen items.

Roasting Garlic

Do you like having roasted garlic on most of your dishes? Roasting a bulb of garlic will usually take about 45 minutes; however, if you place it in a microwave, it only takes 8 minutes. Don’t forget to season your garlic bulb, then use plastic wrap to cover it. Finally, roast it!

Heating Beauty Products

Some beauty products feel great on the skin once they are heated up before applying. However, warming up these beauty products can be very annoying; you can use a microwave oven to make things much simpler. For example, a microwave oven can heat hot oil conditioning packs, facial masks, and gel packs.

Decrystallizing Honey

Are you struggling with solidified honey? Well, not anymore; the best solution to decrystallize honey is your microwave oven. First, open the jar of your solidified honey, place it in the microwave, and heat this up for about one minute. After knowing this, there is no reason for you to throw away that solidified honey again!

A microwave oven is a versatile home appliance that can do so many things aside from reheating foods. It can cook food, be used as a citrus fruit juicer, disinfect kitchen items, roast garlic, heat beauty products, decrystallizing honey, and a lot more.