8 Microwave Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Adulting can be difficult enough as is, so why not let your microwave do some of the heavy lifting? Yes, that kitchen box that we hate to love, yet love to use. For those of you out there who have been able to go cold turkey with your microwave use post college life, when it and Easy Mac were necessary, I applaud you. However, I'm still an avid user — and can attest that my life has been made easier through its fast electronic genius. Plus, its uses go way beyond apple and cinnamon oatmeal or Cup of Noodles.

Ahead you will find eight hacks for your kitchen's publicly least favorite, privately coveted, appliance. These tips go far beyond reheating and even cooking, to the lands of baking, cleaning, and much more. (There may even be a bonus hack involved.)

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1. Corn On The Cob
You can cook corn on the cob in your very own microwave with no messy husking involved.
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2. Soften Ice Cream
A timeless microwave tip that will never go out of style — especially when bodegas freeze their pints to rock solid status — just zap that pint (lid off) for 15-20 seconds.
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3. Cook An Egg
Scramble, poach, or omelette-tize — no frying pans required.
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4. Make A Baked Potato
Whip up a savory spud in just 5 minutes.
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5. Make A Mug Dessert
Bake a single-serve dessert, like a Nutella mug cake, all within a minute of cooking time — no need to preheat that oven.
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6. Get More Juice Out Of Your Citrus
Juice up your lemons, limes, or oranges with a quick 15-25 second zap in the microwave.
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7. Steam Veggies
Say goodbye to tedious water boiling.
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8. Cook Your Grains
No need for stovetop monitoring — just set your microwave and forget it.
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9. Bonus Hack
After all this hacking, your microwave may be a bit dirty — no worries! Clean it up with a little lemon and water.
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