Local innovator takes water out of bath

2012-06-18 22:58

Johannesburg - 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."

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-06-18 23:13

    AWESOME Story. Well done.

      Shaun Feldtmann - 2012-06-18 23:39

      awesome work man! you are a big inspiration and a true pioneer for the young apiring kids of RSA! big up

      ettienne.pel - 2012-06-19 06:51

      CONGRATULATIONS! We live in times where water is scarce in many areas, and where disease is on the outbreak due to poor hygiene. This may just be the answer to this and many other problems facing humanity. We all know that water is needed at some time too to cleanse the body of other bacteria, but this is an excellent product for the "in-between" times. Success for your future young man!!

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 08:05

      Well done, but I can not see how you can patent something that is already on the market? Or is it just the fact that his is for all over body wash where the others are hand wash only?

      jandreleroux - 2012-06-19 08:14

      Really great! South Africans are inventive people! And here we see that everybody can make a plan, nie net die Boere nie! ;-) Congrats Ludwick on your achievement! (Hopefully the next Shuttleworth-like dude!)

      ina.cripps - 2012-06-19 09:04

      It must be a godsend in squatter camps, where there is a problem with water and bathing facilities, problem is, is it affordable?

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-19 13:17

      I always said it: the best thing South Africa CAN do to make it in the international market is to invest in the gray matter: the BRAIN! A brain can import or use local raw material and then export a finished product that the world BADLY needs! Look at the asian countries! Hardly any of them are basing their economy only on the raw material that is dug out of the earth or farming! it is the power of the brain! This man is a perfect example of what the potential of South Africa CAN be! Well done to this man! We were WAITING for someone like you!

      Thabang - 2012-06-19 13:18

      From reading this story, the idea came from the lazy guy. Just that He was too lazy to research and implement it. Moral of the story - never underestimate lazy people's ideas. They can give global solutions without them realising it.

      Char - 2012-06-19 14:13

      Merven, actually it is a SIMILAR product, but not the same as handwashes. And, anyway, if this kid saw that there was an un-patented product floating around out there and took the initiative to snag it, alter it, and claim it.. good for him. He is still doing an awesome job. Not to mention that he only had his phone to browse the internet on! Well done!!

      Taetjo - 2012-06-19 20:48


      Preshen - 2012-06-20 08:17

      You do not have to take a shower after sex with this

  • mothusi.mosiane - 2012-06-19 00:09

    U deserv a norbel prize

      DanielDennett - 2012-06-19 13:19

      He will be the first winner of a norbel prize whatever that is.

      Press - 2012-06-19 15:57

      I want to buy shares in your company , where . . . ?

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-06-19 18:17

      Sarcasm regarding your spelling aside - I agree with you Mothusi, he does deserve a noble prize for this!

  • Phae - 2012-06-19 00:23

    This is fantastic news, well done and hope you can manage to give some of your time to inspire youngsters to follow their dreams.

  • Boer - 2012-06-19 00:32

    After some time of applying drybath you are going to have to wash with water. Your body produces a large amount of toxins that aventually has to come out of your sweat glands. Although I like the idea I'am on the fence about this product. And please understand I am not knocking the product. I just dont see how it can replace a normal shower or bath.

      Zeke - 2012-06-19 02:58

      Get where you're coming from but I think it's mainly for those days when you don't have access to water at all. I doubt it's healthy to go without cleaning your body for days

      Brenton007 - 2012-06-19 03:05

      I don't think it is made as a replacement to a bath/shower, it just extends the time between baths/showers. So instead of a bath/shower everyday, with the help of this product you could possibly go a week a two without one.

      Koos - 2012-06-19 03:41

      You still need water to maufacture this product. It's like the energy saving bulbs. Instead of paying Eskom R25 for the 100 watt usage you pay the globe company R30 for the 15Watt globe. In the end it cost more.

      John - 2012-06-19 06:22

      No Koos. -1 for that comment. It's for where water is scarce/unobtainable. Verstaan jy? Make it where you have water. Use it where you don't have water. Easy. Good thinking on this laaitjie's part though.

      Morné - 2012-06-19 07:43

      I don't think this product stops you sweating. It sounds like you apply it and then rub it off (together with the 'toxins'). Daily baths are pretty much a modern day thing. We definitely overdo it. As far as I know, in terms of the health of your skin, less is more. Every bath/shower removes some of the natural skin oils forcing us to replace it artificially. I never heard anyone dying from not having had a bath. The smell might indicate otherwise, and you will certainly have less friends, but a bath once a week or less is probably healthier. It certainly sounds to me like DryBath provides a BIG answer to water scarcity. It's success in everyday application now just depends on the cost (financial and environmental). Kudos to Ludwick Marishane.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 08:07

      Just hope he is making the money and not some producer or marketer.

      Char - 2012-06-19 14:10

      I think the French will disagree with you. they are notorious for not bathing/showing frequently (as are the English). I think the product is more for a temporary solution, such as water shortage, travel etc. Nothing can replace good old soap and hot water for cleaning.

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-06-19 01:56

    It is stories like these that must be promoted and taken to schools for motivating the young ones.

      Boer - 2012-06-19 02:10

      Nkosingiphili I gave you a thumbs up for motivating children but reality must also be applied. Fare.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-19 03:37

    Powdered water works even better!!

      Koos - 2012-06-19 03:42

      Dry power!

      Revelgen - 2012-06-19 11:18

      Personally, I like dehydrated water. Minimal packaging, and to use just add water. Seriously though, thumbs up to Marishane. We need more and more Black entrepreneurs like him.

  • pierre.hough1 - 2012-06-19 04:54

    Great! Well done. Now, use your talent and continuously improve.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-19 05:27

    A great story! You are proof that if one applies him/ herself you can break free from poverty.

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-06-19 05:38

    Fantastic - now start working on food for the starving masses.

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  • Cappuccinno4u - 2012-06-19 06:08

    fantastic work son.. Give this product to the african man in Sunnyside Pretoria, i bet this cud b their ideal product..

  • jaco.hoffman - 2012-06-19 06:51

    Where can I buy this product?

  • hlengiwe.khanyile.73 - 2012-06-19 06:55

    Congrats brother we need such young innovative minds in our society,breaking poverty cycle, but plz don't sell them your products rights seek legal advise first so that u don't loose out in your royalties,we've read so much about SA inventors who ends up poor cause of not getting good legal advise.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-19 06:56


  • hlengiwe.khanyile.73 - 2012-06-19 06:58

    Congrats brother we need such young innovative minds in our society,breaking poverty cycle, but plz don't sell them your products rights seek legal advise first so that u don't loose out in your royalties,we've read so much about SA inventors who ends up poor cause of not getting good legal advise.

  • Vicky - 2012-06-19 07:34

    I hope you get to clean up now

      Retha - 2012-06-19 08:47

      Clean up as in make mucho mucho money, I hope you mean :-)

  • vkhafu - 2012-06-19 07:42

    Fantastic product from a young mind.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-19 07:55

    well done man, its great to see young black entrepreneurs coming to the fore

  • Ryno - 2012-06-19 07:57

    thinking out of the box - this is what we need in SA!!!

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  • Mfundi - 2012-06-19 08:23

    Now this is wonderful news!

  • ludi.birk - 2012-06-19 08:25

    Thumbs up and Hats off - Congratulations and celebrations.

  • Moi - 2012-06-19 08:29

    Wow, what an inspiration! Just goes to prove that hard work and dedication does pay off! Well done Ludwick!

  • - 2012-06-19 08:33

    Another young millionaire in the making.... I'm still waiting for my "eureka moment"... :/

  • andrew.kannemeyer - 2012-06-19 08:41

    What a great story! Inspiring to say the least! Can my day get any better? Congrats young man, you make us proud!

  • mshokoane - 2012-06-19 08:48

    Well done boy, your mom Lovey should be happy about you now.

  • Regan - 2012-06-19 14:50

    give that man a double bells

  • Brandon - 2012-06-19 15:25

    I wonder if I can use this to wash my cat?

  • vessela.hobson - 2012-06-19 15:29

    great, now we'll be like the French :(

  • Larry - 2012-06-19 19:50

    If you can bottle it, brand it, then you can sell it. regardless of the contents and claims. It would be nice to know HOW this drybath works. A little technical info is needed, otherwise most will treat it as a can of fart.

  • boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-06-19 20:35

    The only problem is, use it for more than 9 times and you become light skinned. Use it more than 20 times and you dissapear. This could become a problem for regular users.

  • robqb - 2012-06-19 22:04

    Absolutely brilliant. One of these days when you might only have water for drinking?!

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-06-19 23:29

    We need more inspirational stories like this one.

  • Billy - 2012-06-20 00:00

    epic. well done.

  • Horatio - 2012-06-20 07:23

    Lekker broetjie... !

  • beatrice.chandia - 2012-06-21 07:12

    great but i would prefer soap and water

  • mxolisi.82 - 2012-06-22 18:32

    That's what we call creativity.

  • mxolisi.82 - 2012-06-22 18:37

    Target market, taxi drivers. LOL

  • Serame - 2012-06-23 11:32

    WELL DONE BOET..U make us proud..keepm up the job job..we look foward to other new inverntions!!Ha la la

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