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Paper Shower Looks to Clean Up

This story appears in the March 2012 issue of Start Up.

So Fresh and So CleanIt all started because he was really sweaty. Dr. Jim Bahcall, an avid cyclist, spent his mornings biking before work, usually stopping at a local Starbucks in his hometown of Chicago to cool off. Then he would clean himself up using hand wipes.

One particularly hot and humid morning, Bahcall's method just wasn't cutting it. "Although [the wet wipe] is high in alcohol so it dries quickly, it just wasn't drying, and I felt so wet all over," he says. "I had to go into the bathroom and use a paper towel to dry myself off--that's when the 'aha' moment came. I said to myself, 'They should come out with a dry towelette along with this.'"

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