Cleaning Your Microwave Just Got Easier With a Volcano That Erupts Stain-Removing Steam

This steamer uses water and vinegar, so you can clean your microwave without chemicals.
This steamer uses water and vinegar, so you can clean your microwave without chemicals.
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Cleaning the microwave won't top anyone's list of favorite household chores (if such a list even exists in the first place). Between those crusty, caked-on stains and the fact that you have to fit your whole arm inside just to reach the back of the thing, you'd be forgiven for putting off this unpleasant deed for a few months. But that fossilized oatmeal isn't going anywhere on its own, so when you've absolutely got to get cleaning, you should at least try to have some fun with it. Next time, put down the scraper and paper towel and head to Amazon ($11) to check out this microwave cleaner in the shape of a volcano instead.

All you need to do is add water and vinegar (a wise cleaning hack) to the base of the volcano and put it in the microwave on high for seven minutes. The volcano will release potent steam from the top that will gradually loosen caked-on stains, so when the timer dings, all you'll need to do is use a sponge to wipe away the residue. Another perk? There are no chemicals needed. When you’re finished, you can throw the volcano in the dishwasher.

If an erupting volcano isn't enough to get you cleaning, maybe this four-pack of steam cleaners shaped like everyone's disappointed and furious mom ($18) will serve as enough inspiration to get to work. Here, the steam comes from her head, putting her boiling rage to good use.

Microwave Cleaner.
We've all seen that face before...
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When you're ready to tackle the rest of the home, give the top 25 cleaning songs on Spotify a listen.

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You Could Get Paid to Watch Disney+ While Social Distancing

She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
She’s excited to belt out both parts of Aladdin and Jasmine’s "A Whole New World."
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In October 2019, Reviews.org chose five lucky couch potatoes for its “Disney+ Dream Job,” a position that paid people $1000 and gave them a year-long Disney+ subscription to watch 30 Disney programs in 30 days.

Now, the technology review site is accepting applicants for a similar (albeit less time-consuming) role: 10 people will receive a $200 Visa gift card and a free year of Disney+ to watch one single Disney film. Since most Disney movies are around 90 minutes long, your one-time wage works out to about $133 per hour.

To enter, all you have to do is send an email to giveaways@reviews.org with “Dream Job” in the subject line and your name and the title of your favorite Disney film in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random, so you don’t have to worry about trying to pick the “right” movie or explaining why you’re the right person for the job. You do, however, have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. Submissions will be accepted through Thursday, April 10, and winners will be notified by email on the following Monday, April 13.

While October’s dream job was more about drumming up excitement for Disney+, which was a brand-new platform at the time, this one is all about encouraging social distancing and supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. With Disney+’s wide array of entertainment at your disposal—from National Geographic animal documentaries to animated classics you loved as a kid—you might feel a little less bored while you’re camped out on your couch.

If you want to check out Disney+ for yourself, head here to learn how to get a free seven-day trial.

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This 'Practically Impossible' Clear Jigsaw Puzzle Is the Perfect Antidote to Boredom

While looking for relaxing activities to do at home during quarantine, many people have broken out their jigsaw puzzles. But if you prefer your puzzles to be more challenging than relaxing, check out this one from ExpressItBest, which is available on Amazon for $22. The puzzle for adults consists of 150 clear pieces, and it takes a lot of brain power to put it together.

Every .75-inch piece in this set is perfectly transparent, which means the only clues you have as to what goes where are the outlines. The makers call the "practically impossible" brainteaser "our hardest puzzle for the most hardcore dissectologist." It's so difficult that ExpressItBest gives away one free custom puzzle a week to someone who posts a picture of the completed puzzle with the hashtag #Puzzibility on social media.

Clear jigsaw puzzle.
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If you succeed in solving it, you won't get a full-color photograph or a soothing landscape to display on your coffee table. Instead, you'll have a 10-by-12-inch clear rectangle and the satisfaction of conquering the near-impossible.

If this one still looks too easy for you, the wooden fractal puzzle, the infinite galaxy puzzle, and the 1000 color puzzle on this list may pose more of a challenge.

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