Access to clean water shouldn’t block anyone from sanitation and hygiene.
South African native Ludwick Marishane pondered this very issue when he was in high school and struggled himself to get clean water access, having to take quick baths using a bucket. So, he took the initiative to do something about it.
Ludwick conceived DryBath®, the first waterless body wash, when he was in 11th grade. “One day, a friend asked why a waterless body wash hadn’t been invented yet and a light bulb went on in my head,” he said.
Ludwick is one of the newest Dockers® Challengers – self-starters with big ambitions defining new ways forward for themselves and others. As we recognize Earth Day this week, learn more about the water-saver and how DryBath® is impacting communities on a global scale.
How did you come up with DryBath®?
In high school, living in a rural community without a geyser or reliable electricity, I begrudgingly relied on bucket-bathing to get clean every day. One day, a friend asked why a waterless body wash hadn’t been invented yet and a light bulb went on in my head.
What’s new with DryBath®?
Recently, the Dockers® team and I brought my solution to my hometown, Motetema. With the DryBath® gel, we were able to bathe my whole town with only 20 jerrycans of water. Now, I’m tackling the challenge of making DryBath® affordable and accessible to low-income communities.
What would you tell other people trying to change the status quo?
It’s not just about a great idea — it’s about perseverance, hard work and spirit. You have to be willing to learn and solve problems with limited resources. I started DryBath® with an allowance of $5 a week, using my cellphone for research. What’s your excuse?
Read the full interview at Dockers.com.