Can You Microwave Paper Coffee Cups?
The disposable paper cup is divided into high temperature resistance and high temperature, if the high temperature cup bottom is marked, but generally it is not resistant to high temperature so it can not be put into the microwave oven.
The heat resistance of paper cups and plastic cups is far from that of stainless steel cups or ceramic cups. Generally, it is only suitable for warm water or cold drinks with a temperature below 60 degrees. If heated in a high temperature microwave oven, it may release a large amount of bisphenol A substance which is harmful to human health and dissolve into water or drinks to enter the human body. However, online rumors that “paper cups are 30 times poisonous than plastic cups” are not reliable.
Disposable paper cups and plastic cups are not encouraged, because the quality and technology of these two kinds of cups are still lack of strict national standards, and the remaining standards are not mandatory, so many “problem” paper cups and plastic cups which contain bisphenol A or heavy metals and lead over standard are rampant. Since we can not control the system, we must take precautionary measures. In the process of preventing the damage caused by unqualified cups, do not put a cup of paper and plastic cups into the microwave oven for heating.
What Are the Dangers of Putting Paper Cups in a Microwave?
- The first thing that happens is the plastic film on the inside of your cup melts and starts to leach chemicals into your drink. These chemicals are potentially carcinogenic and can cause some serious health problems if they seep into your beverage.
- The second thing that happens is your entire cup starts to come undone and tear apart because the glue that was keeping it together starts to burn. As a result, your drink spills everywhere, and you have a mess to clean up.
- The third thing is a potential fire in your microwave oven, which can cause severe damage to your appliance or even start a fire in the kitchen. It is dangerous and not worth the risk for something as simple as reheating your coffee.
So You should never put paper cups in the microwave oven. While it may be convenient to pop your coffee mug in the microwave, this begins another process that can have dangerous consequences.
At best, the glue holding the paper together will start to loosen up and cause your paper cup to tear apart, leaking your drink everywhere. At worst, the paper turns into a fire hazard and a health hazard if the chemicals from the paper leach into your drink.
Avoid using paper cups whenever possible, even if they have been specially designed to withstand being microwaved.
Even though these types of cups seem harmless at first glance, they still pose a risk of leaching chemicals into your food and drink and posing a fire hazard.
The safest alternative to reheating your food and beverage is using a microwave-safe dish. This will minimize your risk of swallowing toxins you don’t need and decrease the chances of causing a fire in your oven as well.
If you’re wondering if a specific container is safe for microwaving, look for a “microwave-safe” label and check if it passes the water test. This can help you determine if your container is safe to use in a microwave oven or not.