Kitchen roll is a common household item that is both practical and useful for everyday life. But what happens when you put it in the microwave? Will it burn or not?
In this blog post, we will explore the science behind putting kitchen roll in the microwave and look at some of the potential risks associated with doing so.
Some people have reported that they put a kitchen roll in the microwave and it burst into flames. This is usually caused by putting too much paper on one side of a microwavable dish, which creates an uneven distribution of heat leading to fire from rapid oxidation or self-ignition (some sources call this process “spontaneous heating”).
The kitchen roll is an absorbent, disposable towel made from paper. As such, when a kitchen roll is placed in a microwave, it can be burned to create heat – this process creates heats quickly due to its absorbent quality (some sources call it “convection heating”).
Kitchen roll is used to clean up spills in the kitchen and other areas of a home.
It can be tempting to use kitchen roll when microwaving food that has been soaked with oil or grease from cooking on high heat (e.g deep frying), such as bacon fat gone wrong).
There are many risks associated with using your kitchen roll in this way because it will cause the paper to burn, which in turn creates heat. If you happen to walk away and leave your kitchen roll unattended in the microwave, this can inadvertently cause a fire.
Alternatives to using Kitchen Roll in your Microwave
Kitchen roll is a popular household item often used to clean up messes and spills. It’s also the go-to material for drying dishes in the microwave, but there are alternatives to using this paper towel product that can give you a little more bang for your buck.
There are many ways to avoid using your kitchen roll in the microwave, such as swapping out for paper towels or cloths specifically designed with microwaves and fires safety considerations – these will be less likely to disintegrate when heat is applied on high settings over time.
If you just plan on cleaning your microwave, then there are some wonderful alternatives!
To help with your search, here are some of our favourites:
- Using a dry sponge and water (or vinegar)
- Freezing it for 30 minutes then using ice cubes as an abrasive cleaner
- Applying salt or bicarbonate soda on top of dried food remnants before heating up again