Why is human hair good at mopping up oil spills?



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    The idea of cleaning up oil spills with human hair began when someone noticed that an otter’s fur had absorbed oil in a spill. Human hair was implemented in cleaning the spills. The way this works is that the oil clings to tiny scales on hair shafts. Apparently this is a very stinky process.

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    Human hair, animal fur, and chicken feathers all have a high affinity for oil. This allows them to absorb high quantities of oil. The reason for this affinity for oil is not well understood, however.

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