From: Jessica Marshall, Discovery News
Published August 21, 2009 10:15 AM

Grease? New Coating Comes Clean With Water

Removing oily smudges from mirrors, countertops or fabrics usually requires some elbow grease... and a strong soap or solvent.

A new coating developed by researchers at Purdue University promises that grease stains can be wiped away with plain old water.

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Incorporating this material into cleaning products, paints or sealants could reduce the need for environmentally damaging solvents and phosphate-containing detergents, the researchers say.

Phosphate detergents can kill aquatic life by allowing algae and microbes to overgrow bodies of water, suffocating other animals by consuming the dissolved oxygen.

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