South African entrepreneurial firm Headboy Industries has developed a germicidal gel product called DryBath that is formulated as a solution to the dual problems of hygiene and water scarcity faced by destitute populations worldwide. Headboy says DryBath is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, and safe for the whole body. Besides killing 99.9 percent of germs, it has a strong residual effect, moisturizes the skin, and does not have the unpleasant alcohol smell associated with waterless hand cleaners.

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Headboy Industries plans to sell DryBath to airlines, mining companies, hotel groups, and other corporate customers. The firm says that for every sachet (called “EasySnap” — see the illustration here) bought through such channels, it will donate a free or subsidized sachet to a charity partner for distribution to needy populations.

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