There are few households in which you won’t find a microwave these days, because this once limited appliance can now do a lot more than just defrost and reheat your food, and it can be found at affordable prices as well. However, whether you have one of the 2016 most reliable microwaves or an older model, we guarantee, that there are still a lot of things that you don’t know about it.
You might not know this, but in addition to preparing your food and doing a lot of different amazing things, the microwave can be used to ease your life considerably as well. This is possible due to some interesting and ingenious microwave hacks, and if you want to start making your life easier right away, read the following lines to find out some useful microwave hacks and start using them yourself.

No more tears when you cut onions

Chopping onions is by far one of the most unpleasant and annoying cooking tasks, but it unfortunately has to be done. While it’s impossible to avoid cutting these “evil” vegetables, you can use a simple microwave hack to make the experience an actually pleasurable one in which you won’t cry like your favorite soap opera character died. To prevent the tears from making an appearance, simply trim off the ends of the onions and put them in the microwave on full power for 30 seconds. After the time has passed, you can proceed to chop them, and they won’t sting your eyes anymore, therefore no more tears will appear.

Cleaning hacks

The microwave gets messy really quick due to the fact that many foods have explosions while they are getting heated, and the gunk that is on the walls of the microwave unfortunately hardens fast if you don’t clean it immediately after every use. The 2016 most reliable microwaves have special interior coating in order to be easier to clean. However, if you have an older oven, you will have a hard time cleaning it.
Thankfully, there are some tricks you can turn to, the best one by far being to place a bowl filled with a mix of water, white vinegar, and lemon juice inside the microwave, and leaving it inside the appliance for 5 minutes while it’s on full heat. After the time passes, you can simply wipe the gunk from inside the microwave, and make the once dirty appliance clean again. Another great cleaning hack is to place wet towels inside the microwave, run it on high power for 3-5 minutes, the steam that comes out of them making the grime soften. When the towels cool off, you can use them to wipe the interior of the microwave clean, making it shine again.

Peel garlic quick

Garlic may not make you cry like onions do, but it’s very hard to peel the skin off of it.
Instead of wasting your time concentrating on peeling it, make your life easier by placing the garlic clove in the microwave and blasting it on full power for 15 seconds. The heat inside the microwave will draw out the moisture found inside the clove, this way loosening it and making it easier to peel off the skin.

Soak beans in only 10 minutes

In the old times, you had to let the beans soak in water overnight in order to be able to use them in various recipes, but this isn’t the case anymore thanks to the wonderful microwave.
All you have to do is to put the beans inside a bowl, put a pinch of bicarbonate of soda inside, pour water until the beans totally submerge, and put it in the microwave for 10 minutes on high power.
When the 10 minutes pass, you just let the beans cool off for 30-40 minutes, and then you can proceed to using them in the food you are preparing.