A new innovation through the Dell Social Innovation Challenge is called DryBath, and it eliminates the need for a full shower to clean one’s person.
A shower without hot water, you say? That could only rival in pleasure a Diet Coke without caffeine, a nap on concrete or an aspirin without the pain relief. As a convenience, it’s not a very desirable one.
But that view of DryBath is an entirely first world one, where lack of hot water is a one-day convenience if the burner fizzles out, and much of the world does not have daily access to a pleasurable showering experience.
Enter DryBath, which is a bit akin to a hand sanitizer for your whole body. 22-year-old Ludwick Marishane is a student at the University of Cape Town and inventor of the clear gel formulation, which when applied to the body, eliminates the need for a full shower.
Reuters explains that the product differers from “anti-bacterial hand washes by eliminating the heavy alcohol smell,” and produces “an odorless, biodegradable cleansing film with moisturizers.” The site says that Marishane conceived the product as a teen living in a poor rural area.