A South African college student has won global recognition after inventing an object that takes the water out of bathing.
Ludwick Marishane, a 22-year-old student at the University of Cape Town, invented a product called DryBath, a clear gel applied to the skin that does the work of water and soap.
The invention has wide applications in Africa and other developing countries 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 odorless, biodegradable cleansing film with moisturizers.
Marishane 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.
Marishane said his friend was lazy and wondered why nobody invented something that can be put on the skin for bathing.
He then used his smart phone to search through Google and Wikipedia in pursuit of a formula. Six months later, he came up with DryBath and 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.