The Water-free South African Bathing Solution
A clever South African, Ludwick Marishane, has developed a clear gel that works like soap and water but doesn’t need H2O to get a person clean.
Intrigued, he started doing research on his web-enabled mobile phone. He trawled through the search engine Google and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to find what would work as a water-free wash. After six months of research, he came up with the formula for Drybath and ac
® quired a patent. Now the strategy of Headboy Industries Inc., – the company set up by Marishane, is to sell DryBath to corporate clients and in turn donate a free sa
® chet for each sale to Drybath ’s global charity partners,
® who will distribute Drybath to poor communities either
® for free or at a subsidized cost.
Drybath works in a different way by not requiring water or
® alcohol to complete the washing. The liquid gel is odourless and biodegradable, moisturizes and does not need to be rinsed off. It instead leaves users smelling fresh and “tackles the hygiene and water consumption problems in a manner that has never been used before.”
The product is called Drybath and uses a “proprietary blend of a biocide, bioflavonoids and moisturisers.” It differs from common liquid hand anti-bacterial cleanser products that people use to sterilize hands. Those products use alcohol to simultaneously kill germs and evaporate the liquid.
It also comes in a special package developed in South Africa. Easysnap tm sachets allow users to quickly snap the package and dispense the solution onto their hands to have a wash.
Drybath ® will go a long way in helping communities
Marishane, a 22-year-old student at the University of Cape Town, told Reuters that the idea for Drybath had come to
® him when he was a teenager living in his rural home. It was wintertime and his friend didn’t want to bother washing because there was no hot water available.
“He was lazy and he happened to say, ‘Why doesn’t somebody invent something that you can just put on your skin and you don’t have to bathe’,” Marishane said. Marishane believes that his product will be particularly popular with certain industries: flight crews and passengers on airlines; hotels looking to save on water usage; the military for soldiers serving in the field; and NGOS and charities providing services to poor communities, in particular during emergency situations when it is difficult to provide a reliable water supply.
Marishane has won several awards for his invention, including Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011, and is considered South Africa’s youngest patent holder.
“Drybath will go a long way in helping communities,” he be
® lieves. – (September 2012)
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Drybath comes in a handy plastic dispenser for ease of use.