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.


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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