A South African college student has come up DryBath – an invention so simple, it’s amazing no one had thought of it before now. DryBath is a shower gel that needs no water.
One small packet of DryBath replaces one bath. Ludwick Marishane’s inspiration for his invention was a lazy friend, but his invention will change the lives of those who live in areas where clean water is hard to come by.
The gel kills germs, moisturizes the skin, and gives off a light, pleasant aroma – unlike hand sanitizers, according to Marishane’s website, Headboy Industries. The gel comes in easy-to-open sachets that were a South African invention.
Marishane decided to sell individual packets when he learned that the world’s poorest people buy things in very small quantities.
In poor areas, Marishane he sells DryBath for $0.50 per packet, according to an interview with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Marishane won the competition’s top prize in December of last year.
For corporate clients, DryBath packets cost $1.50 a pop. Marishane donates one packet of Drybath to charity for each corporate packet sold.
Marishane, 22, a student at the University of Cape Town, said he was inspired as a teen growing up in South Africa. He recalled that once, when he bugging one of his friends to take a shower, his buddy quipped, “Why doesn’t someone invent something you can just put on your skin and avoid the need to bathe?”
“A light bulb went on as I realized that I would be willing to pay money out of my pocket to buy such a product,” Marishane said.
He didn’t have access to a computer, so he started searching with his web-enabled basic phone. After soon discovering that no one had invented such a product, he got to work.
Over the course of the next six months, he used Google and Wikipedia to come up with the shower gel’s formula. He even wrote out his business plan on his cellphone.
He now holds the patent and trademark for Drybath.
So what do you think? Would you shower without water?
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