Scientists hope to end your most dreaded chores

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Wouldn’t it be great if your most hated chores were magically made the least painful?

Well, here’s some good news — your at-home do-it-yourself projects may soon be a bit easier.

Until now, the only way to get rid of stains was by spraying products on kitchen surfaces or toting half-eaten food from the fridge and splashing it on bathroom walls. But a nanotechnology firm — Roomba maker iRobot — is developing technology that could make splashing a thing of the past.

The technology works by breaking down food, hair and even dry skin from human cells and binds the substance together so that it can be turned into a sticky substance that can be used to rid surfaces of stains.

In a technology call ‘hydromelanne,’ the company says it will be able to turn hair into sticky bio-plastic that can be applied to surfaces to remove food and makeup stains. The New Scientist magazine reports that it will be “strong enough to splatter any surface it touches.”

In a demo video, the technique works. A phone is sprayed on the countertop. The first drop of paint coats the screen and a few spots are done in just 10 seconds. Next, the product is used to remove a spot left behind from a dry cheese grater. The paint remains on the surface but beads, a reaction similar to packing peanuts. Allowing for different coatings, the product can be used to remove nail polish and other water-based stains.

When the stain is removed, the paint slowly turns into another source of sticky plastic that will leave little residue.

According to the video, the process takes about six hours and can be applied to surfaces with “very low power.”

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