Dry Bath productWith inspiration from a friend too lazy to take a shower and a few months of research on the Internet, South African university student Ludwick Marishane has won global recognition for an invention that takes the water out of bathing.

The 22-year-old invented a product called DryBath, a clear gel applied to skin that does the work of water and soap with wide application in the developing world where basic hygiene is lacking and hundreds of millions of people do not have regular access to water.

Marishane’s website calls DryBath the world’s first germicidal bath-substituting skin lotion. The proprietary ingredients differ from hand-sanitizers (which are alcohol-based and have pungent odors). The new product contains a blend of biocide, bioflavonoids and moisturizers that kills germs, and leaves the user smelling fresh.

The great benefit of its germ-killing ability could save the lives of millions of destitute people who suffer from easily treatable diseases like trachoma, diarrhoea. It is labeled as non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, non-sticky/greasy, and long lasting.

(READ the story from Reuters)

Thanks to SmartPlanet.com, and its column called  “It Exists” which spotlights innovative solutions to common problems – and to Kevin Ryan for sending the Reuters link!

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