Did you know that there are more ways to use your microwave other than just to warm up your favourite dishes?

YouTube creators from the account Household Hacker, have come up with a variety of microwave tricks that you will wish you’d known sooner.

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From taking the dreaded ‘sting’ out of onions to helping dough rise, these are some of the most surprising ways people are putting their microwaves to use.

Fix stale bread

We all know how quickly bread can go stale when not stored properly, well there’s a hack to help you bring it back to life.

To do this you simply need to pop the loaf in a moist paper towel then put it in the microwave.

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It only needs 20 seconds to come out as good as new. This will only work with stale bread though, if it’s off just throw it away.

No more tears when chopping onions

Shedding a few tears when chopping an onion feels inevitable because no one really knows how to avoid it.

Luckily there is an easy way to stop this from happening and all you have to do is cut the ends of the onions and microwave them for 30 seconds.

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Finally, you will be able to cut them up without shedding a single tear.

Get more out of your lemon

To avoid wasting your lemons by not squeezing them properly try placing the sour fruit into the microwave for 10 seconds.

The heat excites the water molecules, making the flesh softer and weaker which makes the lemon easier to squeeze.

It also makes the membranes holding the juice easier to burst so that you’ll get more juice out of it.

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Make toasted nuts

To toast nuts all they need is a plash of oil and 60 second increments in the microwave until they’re done to your liking.

To switch it up you can add some chilli powder, cumin powder and salt before heating.

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Help dough rise

Waiting for dough to rise before you bake it can be a long process but you can actually speed this up by zapping it in low heat for three minutes in the microwave.

All you have to do is fill a glass with one cup of water, place it in the microwave and heat it for two minutes.

Then place the dough alongside it and shut the door. The glass of water and the heat from the microwave will create a warm, moist environment that will help the dough rise faster.

Leave it for 30 minutes and make sure you don’t turn on the microwave.

Loosen brown sugar

Solidified sugar can dampen the mood if you are trying to make a cake or a cup of tea.

To loosen it up you need to put the hard brown sugar in a bowl and place a wet paper towel on top and microwave it for 20 seconds.

As soon as it’s done take out a spoon and give it a stir.

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Baking a cake in no time

If you hate waiting for your baked goodies to bake in the oven then opt for mug cakes that you can make in your microwave in 5 minutes.

Good thing is they’re easy to make with ingredients you probably have at home plus its only a single-serving so if you’re cheating on your healthy diet, no one will know.

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