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Old 02-09-12, 12:45 PM   #1
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Microwave your shorts?

Here is an article/study that shows that microwaving kitchen sponges and towels will kill bacteria.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/fo...-germs-sponges

I am wondering if after washing with soap/ tap water, it would be beneficial to microwave shorts to kill any bacteria. Do you think the microwave could damage the fabric?
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Old 02-09-12, 12:56 PM   #2
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Other than melt it and make a smokey, smelly mess, no.
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There is no way that it's a good idea to put a garment that says "hang dry" in the microwave. You would probably end up with a stinking melted pile of black goo....with a chamois attached to it.

I'm more concerned about your super-bacteria that doesn't get killed in normal washing conditions!
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Nuking your shorts is a bad idea. Lycra is sensitive to heat. Here's a chart from the Penn State that supports that statement.
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here's a hint: the kitchen sponge traps moisture and bacteria food in its many pores. This gives bacteria a fertile ground in which to multiply like crazy. What is worse, it's used almost every day and can almost never dry itself out.

Cycling shorts, as long as they are washed and dried after use, will not have the same problem.

This is why a lot of garments will stink when they cannot be dried out within a timely manner.
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Nuking your shorts is a bad idea.
As an aside, why do people always refer to microwaves as "nuking". There's nothing nuclear about it. Microwaves use high frequency radio waves to excite molecules in water, fats and sugars, therefore creating heat.

I always think it's funny when some moron freaks out if you open the microwave door before it turns off... like some sort of toxic radiation is going to leak out or something... lol.
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While nuking your shorts may be a bad idea the best way to clean your helmet is by putting it in the washing machine.
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...the best way to clean your helmet is by putting it in the washing machine.
That's a good way to clean cats too.
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I dont know why people say "nuking", but being composed of water, fats, and sugars, I'm not crazy about being near a microwave that's running with the door open. Its not much of a concern though, they have circuitry that shuts off the wave generator thing if the door isnt closed.
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As an aside, why do people always refer to microwaves as "nuking". There's nothing nuclear about it. Microwaves use high frequency radio waves to excite molecules in water, fats and sugars, therefore creating heat.

I always think it's funny when some moron freaks out if you open the microwave door before it turns off... like some sort of toxic radiation is going to leak out or something... lol.
Microwaves are non-ionizing radiation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation#Microwave
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I think nuking just comes from the time it takes to cook and not because people think it's really radiation or something. I mean, your oven takes so long, and the microwave is much faster. So You just say that The microwave is like cooking with a nuclear bomb (lots of heat really fast) as opposed to your oven that's more like a few 200lb bombs being dropped. I don't know. I hope no one really thinks it's radioactive in there!

I've never ever heard of people being scared of opening the door before the time runs out before this thread! I actually always open the door before the timer runs out just so I don't have to hear all of the beeps.
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As an aside, why do people always refer to microwaves as "nuking". There's nothing nuclear about it. Microwaves use high frequency radio waves to excite molecules in water, fats and sugars, therefore creating heat.

I always think it's funny when some moron freaks out if you open the microwave door before it turns off... like some sort of toxic radiation is going to leak out or something... lol.
Pedant alert.

Myself, I can't stand people saying "hydrate" when referring to the mundane task of drinking.

Back on topic, unless the OP has major rash or other bacterial fungae infection in the nether regions of said shorts, washing as normal will do. If ever that happens, it's a little to late to nuke the damn thing - simply throw it away.
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Why do cyclists always insist on making work of simple things? Wash and dry your shorts has now morphed into microwaving your shorts.

Does this sport (cycling) attract OCD types? Or, do perfectly normal people turn obsessive compulsive after getting into the sport?
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Why do cyclists always insist on making work of simple things? Wash and dry your shorts has now morphed into microwaving your shorts.

Does this sport (cycling) attract OCD types? Or, do perfectly normal people turn obsessive compulsive after getting into the sport?
I think its internet forums. Its a combination of boredom and OCD normalized by a group of similar "enthusiasts".
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Yes.
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I am wondering if after washing with soap/ tap water, it would be beneficial to microwave shorts to kill any bacteria. Do you think the microwave could damage the fabric?
Wool is naturally anti-bacterial. Bacteria can't live on the surface of the fibers. That's why it doesn't smell like BO after a long, hard ride in the sun.
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As an aside, why do people always refer to microwaves as "nuking". There's nothing nuclear about it. Microwaves use high frequency radio waves to excite molecules in water, fats and sugars, therefore creating heat.
Why the hell does everyone drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?
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Okay, I did have a friend one time that was pretty convinced that the microwave would get hotter if you set the time for longer. So putting something in the microwave for 10 minutes and then taking it out after 1 minute is way hotter than just setting it for 1 minute in the first place. Seriously.
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Why do cyclists always insist on making work of simple things? Wash and dry your shorts has now morphed into microwaving your shorts.

Does this sport (cycling) attract OCD types? Or, do perfectly normal people turn obsessive compulsive after getting into the sport?
My first thought was more along the lines of Darwin award contestants.

If anything, cycling has made me less OCD. Heck, yesterday I wore the same unwashed shorts I'd worn the day before (and hung out to dry). Nothing has fallen off yet. Hmmm, maybe I'd better fire up them radiatin' waves and throw them shorts in the nuclear heater!
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I think nuking just comes from the time it takes to cook and not because people think it's really radiation or something.
Well, it is really radiation. Just not the hard radiation with a radioactive halflife that most laymen think of when they hear 'radiation'.
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Even if microwaving bike shorts worked, I would hate to put my dinner in the microwave afterward.
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