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.
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.