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Sanitize Much More Than Sponges
Everyone from A Bowl Full of Lemons homekeeping blogger Toni Hammersley to scientists use the microwave to remove bacteria from damp kitchen sponges (all it takes is a minute). But if you use a designated microwave sterilizer, you can also sanitize baby-related items such as bottles and small toys. And if you're a gardener, we've got great news: zapping soil before planting seeds in it will result in healthier plants, since the microwave removes pathogens.