Young South African invents: DryBath, hygiene without water | Biz weekly

As almost two billion people in the world without adequate access to water and sanitation, there must be a market for DryBath, South African Ludwick Marishane thought. The inventor of DryBath and founder of Headboy Industries came up with a hygiene product for the millions of people in Africa that do not have the luxury of being able to consume an average of 80 litres of water to bathe or shower.

On CNN, Marishane said: “It is our goal for DryBath, and other products like it, to change the way society practices personal hygiene, and to provide cheap personal hygiene alternatives to the poor. DryBath is a germ-killing gel that allows people to take a bath without using a single drop of water or soap. All you need is to apply the gel on your skin and then vigorously rub it off using your hands.

The 23-year-old entrepreneur came up with his idea in 2007 after an outdoor activity in the hot sun. Still in high school, Marishane did his research for creams and lotions on the internet, learning about their components and manufacturing methods. He devised his own special formula and at the age of 17, Marishane became South Africa's youngest patent-filer. Marishane, won the global student entrepreneur award in 2011, with his product that will help not only people that lack access to clean water and sanitation. DryBath may also be an attractive option for corporate groups – from airlines, hotels, gyms – who want to encourage their clients and users to save water.

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