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Microwaving water for tea: Good, bad, or insignificant?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I read that someone did an experiment with giving their plants straight up water, and water that had been microwaved and then cooled. Long story short, he says the plants given the microwave water died. I'm suspect of the source, but if there is something to this, I would probably take heed and go back to the ol' tea kettle because I routinely heat water in the microwave for herbal teas.

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on July 15, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Yay! I can stick with my lazy ways!

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I was going to post that :) Makes me want to go out and buy three pot plants...

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on July 14, 2011
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I don't think there is anything wrong with using your microwave, I used to do that for my french press but got tired of it. So I bought an electric kettle instead, I like that better and seems to be faster.

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Insignificant is putting it nicely. Ridiculous is more like it. You should feel just fine microwaving your water.

Microwaved water- see what it does to plants

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 15, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Yay! I can stick with my lazy ways!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I was going to post that :) Makes me want to go out and buy three pot plants...

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Did he give the plant teapot-boiled water, too? Was the study appropriately blinded (ie. someone else handed him the containers of water to pour on the plants without letting him know which had been treated which way). Were there enough plants in the study to be sure the results weren't coincidence? If the study was the quality of a middle school science fair project, I wouldn't let it change my behavior without further examination.

That said, we don't own a microwave, and I don't see any reason not to just use a teapot if it concerns you in the slightest.

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Did the study list the vessel that was used to contain the water while heating it in the microwave? Something could have leached out if it was plastic, badly/toxic glazed ceramic, etc. I don't have a microwave, wish I did sometimes for all the damn potatoes I cook each week, but @Shari's link is on the money. Continue with your hot water heating in the nuker but if I were you.. only use glass in there.

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