The Wa­ter-free South African Bathing So­lu­tion

Southern Innovator - - WASTE & RECYCLING -

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)

• head­boy.org/dry­bath • head­boy.org

Dry­bath comes in a handy plas­tic dis­penser for ease of use.

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