You probably think that’s a great idea, but a recent study found that microwave-safe toothpastes can be more toxic than plain water.
Now scientists are trying to figure out what to do about it.
Researchers at Stanford University have found that the ceramic soap can release more toxic chemicals into the environment than plain, uncoated water.
They also found that microwaves are more likely to break down ceramics than water.
The findings, which were published in Environmental Science & Technology, may be a sign of things to come for water, said Michael T. Miller, a water scientist at Stanford.
“We have no idea how to protect water in this environment,” he said.
It’s not just microwave-related The new findings raise concerns about water quality in water supplies across the country, Miller said.
Microwaves are not just a water-saving measure, he said, but also an essential one.
Microws can produce high levels of hydrogen sulfide, which can leach into water and cause algae blooms.
Water quality is a lot more complicated than just just washing your hands.
A study from a couple of years ago found that drinking contaminated water from a wastewater treatment plant could result in higher levels of nitrates and other pollutants.
And that same study found high levels for chloramines, a toxic chemical linked to lung and gastrointestinal problems.
Miller and his colleagues are trying a different approach to water pollution: by analyzing water quality through the eyes of people who use it daily.
They’ve tested about 40 people who work in wastewater treatment plants in Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado.
“We’re trying to understand how much of the water is safe to drink,” Miller said, noting that some people may drink it regularly.
In one of the studies, for example, the researchers tested the water from three people working in a wastewater plant in northern Minnesota.
The water quality was better than it would be at a normal drinking water treatment plant, but it was still high.
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