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Waterless Shower Now Available

Posted by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/nm/s-african-innovator-takes-water-out-of-showering

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - With 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.

Marishane, a 22-year-old student at the University of Cape Town student invented a product called DryBath, a clear gel applied to skin that does the work of water and soap.

The invention, which won Marishane the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has wide applications in Africa and other parts of the developing world where basic hygiene is lacking and hundreds of millions of people do not have regular access to water.

The product differs from the anti-bacterial hand washes by eliminating the heavy alcohol smell. It creates an odourless, biodegradable cleansing film with moisturisers.

He came up with the idea as a teenager in his poor rural home in the winter when a friend of his said bathing was too much of a bother, made all the worse by a lack of hot water.

"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'," said Marishane.

It was his "eureka" moment.

He then used his web-enabled mobile phone to search through Google and Wikipedia in pursuit of a formula. Six months later, he came up with DryBath and a obtained a patent.

The product is now manufactured commercially with clients including major global airlines for use on long-haul flights and governments for its soldiers in the field.

Marishane also sees it helping conserve water in the poorest parts of the world.

"DryBath will go a long way in helping communities".

by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM
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Tanya93
by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM
1 mom liked this

I was hoping it was a sonic shower like in star trek.




But awesome creation

JAMom07
by on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

 This is wonderful.  Also this might be able to help out those people allergic to water.

Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM


Quoting JAMom07:

 This is wonderful.  Also this might be able to help out those people allergic to water.

And if it becomes more wide spread it could eliminate the need to use our precious water resources for bathing all over the world, also eliminate the need for all the chemical laden shampoos/conditioners/soaps/etc. It could really help the environment all around.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Interesting.

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

 uh..people have been giving themselves 'dry baths' for ages. You use one of those natural bristle shower back scrubbers. The head of it is removable and has a strap for you to slip your hand in. Brush in short strokes all along your skin with it. It removes all of the dead skin cells, which is the main point of bathing. People do it still when they're out in the brush and away from running water.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

 I wonder what the ingredients are.

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

 

Quoting Arroree:

 

Quoting JAMom07:

 This is wonderful.  Also this might be able to help out those people allergic to water.

And if it becomes more wide spread it could eliminate the need to use our precious water resources for bathing all over the world, also eliminate the need for all the chemical laden shampoos/conditioners/soaps/etc. It could really help the environment all around.

 You don't think this new product doesn't have any chemicals in it possible equally as harmful?

Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM


Quoting jehosoba84:

 

Quoting Arroree:


Quoting JAMom07:

 This is wonderful.  Also this might be able to help out those people allergic to water.

And if it becomes more wide spread it could eliminate the need to use our precious water resources for bathing all over the world, also eliminate the need for all the chemical laden shampoos/conditioners/soaps/etc. It could really help the environment all around.

 You don't think this new product doesn't have any chemicals in it possible equally as harmful?

This would be one product used for the entire body/hair, instead of the multiple products most people use now. So yes it has chemicals that will harm the environment, but it will be less than is used now. Still a help to the environment.


storkradio193
by Member on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Interesting

http://www.cafemom.com/home/storkradio193

wenchmommy381
by Wenchy on Jun. 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Sounds like a good alternative for the bedridden and those in countries where running water is hard to come by.

I used to use baby wipes when I was camping-- we called it "shower-in-a-box."

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