Special tips for using your microwave

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Although the first microwave wasn't actually invented for food purposes, many people seem to only use them to warm up their dinners or popcorn.

Five surprising ways to use your microwave:

Over 90 percent of homes in the US have microwaves, but the majority of people don't use it to its full potential.

Stick a stamp on the wrong envelope? Don't let it go to waste. Place a drop of water on the stamp and put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. Then the stamp will easily peel off.

According to the USDA, your kitchen sponge harbors some of the most dangerous sources of disease causing bacteria in your home. Luckily, if you put your damp sponge in the microwave for just 60 seconds it kills 99.9 percent of the germs.

Ever go to make a sandwich to realize your bread is stale? Use the microwave to bring it back to life. Wrap the bread in a moist paper towel and put it in the microwave for 20 second increments. It will taste freshly baked

And if peeling potatoes is just not your thing, make it easier by putting them in the microwave for two minutes. Just be sure it's on low so you don't end up with baked potatoes.

You can even use the microwave to clean itself. Place half-a-cup of vinegar in the microwave for two minutes and easily wipe away stuck on food.
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