Ever since the microwave oven was invented, it has been considered a staple inside the kitchen. Most homes undoubtedly have one, and it is probably one of the hardest working appliances inside the kitchen, but odds are, it is often used simply for reheating leftovers, defrosting frozen food, or preparing a quick meal. But did you know that the microwave oven is so versatile that it can also be used in unexpected non-food related tasks?
1. Disinfect kitchen sponges
You probably already know that kitchen sponges are teeming with bacteria that can make you sick. One of the easiest ways to disinfect a sponge is to saturate it with water and then zap it in the microwave for 2 minutes at high power. Just make sure you do it safely as the sponge can get very hot. Give it a few minutes to cool down or use tongs to pick it up. And never microwave a sponge that contains metal.
2. Clean socks in a jiffy
Do you sometimes find yourself needing a clean pair of socks quick but you don’t have enough clothes to run a full load in the washing machine? It may seem unhygienic to put dirty clothes inside your microwave oven but killing germs is one thing that microwaves are good at. Simply soak the dirty socks in a large bowl of soapy water then microwave the entire thing on high for 10 minutes and you’ll get them clean and disinfected just like that.
3. Test microwave-safe containers
To find out if a food container is safe to use in the microwave oven, simply get a mug that you already know is microwave-safe and fill it with cold water. Place it in the middle of the container you want to test then put them all in the microwave oven and heat on high power for one minute. If the water becomes hot and the container remains cold, then it is safe; but if the container becomes hot, then it is not microwave-safe.
Knowing how to maximize the microwave oven’s potential can truly save you a lot of precious time and provide so much convenience, which is why more and more people are choosing to have one inside their kitchen. Good thing that Whirlpool, the number one appliance brand in the world, has a wide variety of microwave ovens to choose from. Whirlpool microwave ovens range from 20L-30L and have different pre-programmed controls so you can cook your favorite meals with ease. The patented microwave distribution system cooks your food fast and evenly by emitting microwave energy in the cooking cavity three-dimensionally rather than uni-directionally and the Quartz Grill lets you enjoy grilling inside the comfort of your home without the smoke. Certain models are also built with a high-quality anti-finger print stainless steel control panel and door frame which is rust- and scratch-resistant while the stainless interior cavity is easy to clean and facilitates better heating of food.
Whirlpool microwave ovens have 2 years warranty on parts and magnetron as well as 1 year warranty on service which you can claim in any of over 200 Whirlpool service centers nationwide. For more information about Whirlpool products, you may visit their website at www.whirlpool.com.ph or like their Facebook page at facebook.com/WhirlpoolPhilippines. ADVT.