Damaged Currency

Here’s a tip: you can’t fix dirty money in a microwave.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

In an attempt to clean her cash of coronavirus, an Israeli woman first bleached the money, then put it in the microwave.  And it did likely destroy any trace of virus and also all thirty-five hundred dollars when the cash incinerated.  Beyond this silly way to disinfect and destroy cash, we often tear or wash bills accidentally.  So, what happens to money you’ve damaged?  
According to the Federal Reserve, a dirty, torn, or worn out currency note that is more than one-half of the original note, and whose value you can easily determine can be exchanged, so take it to your bank for a fresh bill.  If less than half the bill remains, or its value is questionable then trained experts at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) need to examine it so go to bep.gov for instructions.  Also, rather than trying to sanitize the bills, next time, sanitize the hands that touched them.

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