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Alternative Uses for Your Microwave

The microwave was the small domestic appliance which redefined an entire era of home cooking. Rising to popularity in the late 1980’s, it’s wasn’t long until the microwave ovenbecame common place in most households. Despite initial worries about health risks from the microwave radiation, more and more people disregarded their fears in place of convenience, and purchased this kitchen wonder for their own home. Quick and convenient, the microwave oven is perfect for defrosting foods, zapping ready meals and even cooking your vegetables.

But are you aware of the other uses for your microwave oven?

alternative uses for your microwave

Preloved’s Favourite Alternative Uses for Your Microwave.


  • Help Your Favourite Charity:

Supporting charity is one of our favourite things to do here at Preloved, and some people don’t realise that a lot of charities now are collecting postage stamps to help raise money. You can find a few of the animal charities taking part in this scheme here. The way it works is that charities ‘make money’ from used stamps by selling them on to collectors. Although your local charity will accept stamps which are torn off the envelope, still attached to the paper, you can help them further by neatly removing the stamp at home.  By just popping a few drops of water on the stamp and popping in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, the stamp can then be removed really easily!

  • Soothe Your Aching Muscles:

If you’ve overdone it in the gym, or your muscles are feeling a bit achey, then you will more than praise the wonders of a hot compress against those aching muscles. Take a small hand towel or flannel and dampen it under the tap, then pop it in to the microwave for a minute or so. Before you put it in, roll the towel up like a swiss roll and the microwave warms it from the inside out, so the outer layers are just the right temperature to hold against your skin.

  • Make a Microwave Cake:

There are so many options on sites like Pinterest when it comes to Microwave Cake Recipes that making a cake in your microwave is one of those simple life hacks you have to give a go. Within a minute or so you can make your own delicious creation to curb a sweet tooth. Whether you’re after a chocolate fix, or a plain sponge to slather in yummy sweet sauce, check out the range of microwave cake recipes online to get inspired!

  • Disinfect Sponges and Chopping Boards:

If your kitchen sponges have started to get a little smelly then you can soak them in water, lemon juice and white wine vinegar for a little while and pop them in to the microwave for a minute. This will disinfect and clean your sponges in record timing, making them safer to use on your kitchen surfaces. Apply the same method to your chopping board after chopping raw meat and chicken to make them fresh and clean after use.

What other unconventional uses do you have for your Microwave?

If you’re looking for a new microwave or small gadget for your kitchen, don’t forget to browse the range of quality second hand appliances on Preloved today!

Adele Gardner

Adele Gardner

Creative Writer

Adele is a creative writer for Preloved. She loves literature, travelling, baked goods and is always hunting for new music.