Do microwave ovens sterilise?

Mr J P Kerslake kerslake at
Thu Feb 5 07:35:58 EST 1998

ShRiKe wrote:
> Bacterias are killed by microwave-radiaton. This is because the bacterias
> cytoplasm consists largely of water. The microwaves heat this water inside
> the bacteria, and so the bacterias die (they begin to boil and explode). So
> it is true that it is done by heat (see post edward appeling), but it is
> heat directly inside the bacteria, not heat from outside (like ordinairy
> boiling).
> Shad Turner heeft geschreven in bericht
> <34d58392.6955097 at>...
> >Hi. I was just wondering something. I know that some types of
> >radiation (namely UV and gamma) will kill some bacteria. So I was
> >
Yes but the microwaves only penitrate about 1 cm so the substance must
be less than this thick.
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