Does It Work? The Grease Bullet

Does It Work? The Grease Bullet
SEATTLE - This week's "Does It Work?" report takes on a product a lot of us have wondered about: It's a cookware cleaner known as "Grease Bullet."

The term "bullet" implies speed and refers to the bullet-shaped container, which actually holds 12 round wafer-like cleaning tablets that are supposed to remove burnt-on grease and residue from your cookware.

The commercials make a big deal about "no scrubbing". It's $10 for 12 tablets, but does it work?

Here's what part of the commercial claims:

"Just fill your sink with hot tap water, drop in the grease bullet and soak your toughest baked-on cookware. They'll sparkle like new inside and out! With no scrubbing!"

Arla Henley of Seattle owns a house cleaning business. She wanted to try Grease Bullet on some kitchen stove burner liners that have stubborn, baked-on grease.

"These are very hard to clean," she says, pointing to the hard caked-on stains.

The Grease Bullet commercial make stove burner liners look like a snap to clean.

"This stove ware looks ruined. Grease Bullet is armed with special enzymes that eat away grease and grime making your cookware look like new again," the commercial claims.

The commercial also touts fast work on barbecue grills.

So Arla's husband Mike grabbed a rack from the backyard. The instructions call for one Grease Bullet tablet for every 2 gallons of water. We filled a laundry room sink with about 6 gallons of hot tap water, so we used 3 tablets, then stirred it until it was dissolved.

Since the grill rack was too big for the sink, Arla submerged a portion of the greasy grill and added the three dirty burner liners.

You have to soak for at least 30 minutes -- and longer for really tough jobs. We waited about 40 minutes to check the results.

Like many of the newer grills, Arla and Mike's barbeque grill racks are black, so the greasy build-up tends to blend in with the grill wires. You're not supposed to have to scrub, but the instructions do tell you to rub, to remove remaining residue.

Arla can easily remove a lot of the cooked-on grease with her fingers, but the grill is clearly not sparkling clean like on the commercial.

On the other hand, the burner liners show noticeable improvement.

"I've actually used oven cleaner on these and they're actually coming cleaner than the over cleaner," remarked Arla, looking at the clean spots on the liners.

Still, a lot of the baked on dirt had not budged. Remember the commercial claims Grease Bullet will make your cookware look like new again. <>P> Arla is not impressed.

"I was under the impression they would clean up magically, which they haven't", she said. "I'm not really impressed with the product, to tell you the truth."

She even tried soaking the burner liners overnight as the instructions suggests, with no improvement.

Grease Bullet gets a big thumbs down, not only from Arla, but from other consumers who also give a thumbs down to the money back guarantee when you order the product off television.

They say you can only get your money back if the product is returned unopened.

At nearly a dollar per tablet and all that soaking, they call it calling it a waste of time and money.