MadSci Network: Other

Re: Are microwaves and clothes compatible

Date: Thu Jun 29 11:41:35 2000
Posted By: John Haberman, Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Center, Greenbelt MD
Area of science: Other
ID: 955967310.Ot

Hi Amanda,

  There are companies that make microwave clothes dryers primarily for use 
with delicate clothing.  You can find links to information using a www 
search engine and the keywords "microwave" and "clothes" (without 
quotes.)  HOWEVER, you cannot dry clothes that have any metal parts 
(zippers, snaps etc.)  Also some plastic parts mignt be damaged by the 

  Theoretically a microwave clothes dryer is a great idea.  Microwaves 
interact primarily with the water in the clothes.  This interaction causes 
the "bonds" in the water molecule to vibrate more vigorously.  This 
generates heat and causes the water to evaporate.  However you must be 
very careful because once the clothes are dry the microwaves will continue 
to heat the clothes and will eventually cause the clothes to burn.

John Haberman

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