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PORT FOURCHON, LA - JUNE 28:A workre uses a vacuum hose to capture some of the oil washing on to Fourchon Beach from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 28, 2010 in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. According to reports on June 28, analysts are saying the economic damage from the oil may not impact the U.S. economy beyond the Gulf region. Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion on the drilling platform. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Jeffrey and David Shiffman have turned their bathroom into a pseudo chemistry lab. The two brothers from Ft. Lauderdale are trying to support relief efforts in the Gulf, by bottling and selling "Oil Spill Water."
"Some people are like, 'who really wants that?'" said Jeffrey Shiffman. "Well, we don't really know who wants it."
But they're about to find out. A two ounce bottle goes for $9.99 on oilspillwater.com. It's real oil and real ocean water, just not from the Gulf. It's a "simulation" of the spill.
At first, they were using samples of crude oil from the Gulf, but shipping was expensive. And since all profits go to three organizations dedicated to cleaning up the gulf, they decided to switch to used motor oil.
"A lot of people are saying, 'cool, but I don't know if I'd buy it,'" said Jeffrey. "But we really want to strike home that this is a donation to help the environment."
So what exactly do you do with a bottle of "oil spill water"? The Shiffman brothers hope that it'll be a novelty item or a conversation piece.
"We want people to keep talking about it and to donate to these organizations," said David.