10 Things You Can Do With Your Microwave Other Than Cook

In response to the University of Florida study that showed that microwaving sponges kills 99.9% of bacteria (p.s. they’re supposed to be wet) the Guardian has compiled a list of 10 things one can do with a microwave other than cook. Our favorites:

•Get more juice out of lemons and limes, by softening them on high for 15-20 seconds.

•Get extra life out of a dried-up mascara stick by heating for 30-40 seconds on high – with a cup of water in the microwave beside it for safety’s sake.

•Warm plates – though not if they’ve got metal edges or decoration. Sprinkle each one with water and pile them up. Heat on high for around 30 seconds.

Our dad is obsessed with that last one. He’d warm salad plates if Mom would let him.—MEGHANN MARCO

You use your microwave to cook? How pass

. . .[Guardian via Hackzine]


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  1. reginae says:

    Or, I suppose you could also warm blood in your microwave. Not that a lawsuit would be soon to follow or anything.

  2. SuperJdynamite says:

    We used to put CDs in microwaves, but only those owned by the dorm. Also, you can put a florescent bulb in a microwave and it will light up. Sadly, it will also render the bulb unusable outside of the microwave.

  3. “Also, you can put a florescent bulb in a microwave and it will light up.”


  4. SexCpotatoes says:

    My flourescents are too long to fit in the microwave, you people must have some huge microwaves!

  5. grouse says:

    Please don’t put anything metal (like a light bulb) in your microwave oven. The resulting arcing could damage the oven.

  6. Scazza says:

    Our family puts plates in the oven while the food is on to warm them up. Now they are going to use the micro.. So many burns… thanks mom!

  7. homerjay says:

    Sterilize garden soil, huh? Thats a good way to kill off all the beneficial life thats going to keep those plants growing.

  8. Yozzie says:

    Or, you can use it to warm up that rubber dong full of somebody else’s pee…


  9. “Sterilize garden soil, huh? Thats a good way to kill off all the beneficial life thats going to keep those plants growing.”

    Actually, HomerJay, lots of fungi and bacteria that will kill all your garden plants will hang out in the soil for between 3 and 15 years. When you buy a sack of topsoil, you ALWAYS want the sterilized soil. When you make compost in your backyard, it HAS to get above a certain temperature to kill all the dangerous pathogens. People who do fancy seed starting and stuff often sterilize their soil at home.

    Pitching a handful of normal garden dirt (preferably from a part of your garden that isn’t diseased) into your sterilized soil (whether in the begonia pot or into the flowerbed) will recolonize that sterilized soil with appropriate microbes very quickly. If you’re putting sterilized soil down on top of existing (healthy) soil, you don’t even have to do that.

    Sterilizing the soil also kills those sturdy, too-tiny-to-see weed seeds, which are generally an annoyance rather than an actual menace, but it’s still nice.

  10. acceptablerisk says:

    Whatever you do, don’t try to boil water by tipping your microwave on its back and filling it with water. My buddy working over in Sharp telephone support fielded a call about this one. Turns out it doesn’t work.

  11. reginae says:

    When my brother and I were little we figured out a way to get the microwave to run without having to close the door first.

    That one was short-lived. For some reason, Mom wasn’t too keen on the idea.

  12. denki says:

    “…microwaving sponges kills 99.9% of bacteria…”

    This kind of anti-bacterial action is something I just love to tear a new asshole. Now that .1% of the bacteria can multiply without competition from other bacteria, and you can’t clean your sponge in the microwave anymore as most of it will be high heat resistant now. Same kinda thing with Lysol and other cleaners that claim to kill 99.9% of germs/etc. It is such a harsh chemical that the remaining .1% ends up being quite strong and resistant to that agent, meaning to kill it you have to use something even stronger (but unless it kills 100% all bacteria it’s the same situation) or wait for the bacteria to mutate enough that you might be able to kill it using something else. It’s the reason why hospitals, despite being cleaned all the time to “protect” people from diseases, sometimes create strains of things that are resistant to almost all forms of anti-bacterial solutions. It’s the price we get for using drugs for almost everything, we don’t allow (even at a young age when it is most important) for our bodies immune systems to build up their strength. There will always be bacteria, so lets try to keep it as benign as possible, hmm?

  13. crayonshinobi says:

    I second SuperJdynamite. Microwaving CD’s is great fun. It beats the hell out of cutting them up.

  14. pestie says:

    Another vote for microwaving CD’s. I do so on high for 3-4 seconds at most. It doesn’t take long at all, and it guarantees data destruction to the point where no CD-ROM drive will ever read the disc again. It does tend to smell a bit nasty, though.

  15. i’m with denki.

    but also i don’t have a microwave.

  16. Jim C. says:

    DISCLAIMER: Do at your own risk. Not responsible for damage to microwave, you, or anything else.

    unwise microwave experiments