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Bath Without Water
Would You Take a Bath Without Water?
Well, would you? The fact of the matter is that some people are unable to bathe regularly.
This is the story of a young entrepreneur who set out to find a solution...and it has the potential to save the health of millions of people!
As a 17 year old student Ludwick Marishane from rural Limpopo in Africa came up with the idea of DryBath after his friend decided he was too lazy to bath. It was four years later in 2011, while studying at the University of Cape Town, that he was awarded the Global Student Entrepreneur of the year by the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Program.
Photo by Lyn Bell
The Limpopo River - In flood
This is where the story starts...in the Limpopo...home of Ludwick Marishane.
Carrying water on the head...
In Africa, as in many parts of the world, women carry pots on their head to collect water from wells that may be miles away. There's no tap to turn on and take a bath for them and their families! This carrying of water on the head has been a tradition for many years and one that still continues to this day.
With limited resources Ludwick Marishane researched the internet and found some startling figures such as the fact that about 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have proper access to water and sanitation - 450 million in Africa alone. This brings about disease such as Trachoma which can lead to blindness. Sadly (or should I say luckily) this disease can be prevented by just washing the face! No medication...just water!
This shampoo is not DryBath but it is a product that helps keep hair clean when washing is not an option. Think of when you have been bed ridden following an operation or you may have elderly parents...
Allergic to Water
Yes, there is a condition called Aquagenic Urticaria which is a reaction to water. Even tears and sweat can cause pain and hives.
I certainly don't know much about this condition but I did meet someone a couple of years ago who was afflicted by Aquagenic Urticaria.
It came as quite a surprise as he never appeared to suffer in any way that was visible to the audience that he spoke to on the day of his revelation. I'd never heard of it before and can't imagine how awful it would be to experience pain while taking a shower!
He did tell us (he was the speaker at a networking group I attended) that he was able to drink water and this did not affect him.
DryBath could possibly help for occasional cleansing in the case of this allergy. However, as 80% of the ingredients consist of water it should be used only with caution.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have to gather your water in pots?
Listen to Ludwick Marishane's amusing and inspirational speech...
Brightest Minds in the World
By the time he had completed his final year of business science at the University of Cape Town Ludwick Marishane had been chosen as one of the 12 'Brightest Minds in the World' at the Google Zietgeist conference in 2011. This annual competition is designed to find 12 extraordinary, enthusiastic and inspirational young people from across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Google Zietgeist seek young adults who are seen to be making a positive difference to their world.
By this time he had also completed an internship at Goldman Sachs and made the finals of the Global Business Plan competition held in 2010 by Singapore University.
- Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water.
If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenie
- The official website ~ this is where you can purchase this product
The official website for DryBathÂ® the world's first germicidal Bath-substitutingÂ® skin gel. It is a proprietary blend of a biocide, bioflavonoids and moisturisers.
Who Do You Think Could Benefit From a Bath Without Water?
- Poor people who do not have running water.
- People who live in drought areas of the world. When I lived in Africa I know that being able to bath without water would have been a real boon!
- Travellers on long journeys on planes and trains. They'd arrive refreshed!
- The elderly and infirm cannot always get into a shower.
- When trekking through rough territory without the usual facilities most of us take for granted.
- Those that just can't be bothered to take a bath or shower!
- People who are afraid of water! ~ Called Aquaphobia.
- When a major catastrophe strikes such as an earthquake. Believe me I been there too with no water for more than four days.
- When recuperating following an operation.
- I thought I'd add astronauts for fun after all the shower or bath water would splash in the cabin!
If you had water flowing from the tap would you consider a bath without water?
This is not the DryBath that this article is about as, apart from direct buying through the official website, I have been unable to find a place to purchase. You can find the link to the website in the links above. (Please note I am not an affiliate to the product).
This bath solution is used by NASA astronauts and is considered suitable for personal needs. There is no need for rinsing and matches the shampoo previously described. It is well respected by its users.