THANKFULLY we’re in the “home stretch” for getting rid of this horrible pandemic that has plagued our lives for over a year. I cannot wait for the day when I can safely walk into a store without wearing a mask. It’s not that I have much issue with wearing a mask (I don’t like it, but I know it needs to be worn), it’s just that I miss being able to see the smiles on people’s faces, as well as having the opportunity to smile at others as well.
Three of my family members (me, my husband and our daughter) are vaccinated. Our son, whose in his early 20’s, chose not to get vaccinated. Since he’s an adult, I cannot force him. As long as he takes the necessary precautions to keep himself safe, I’m OK with that.
When it comes to children, having them follow the social guidelines, as well as handwashing, is easier said than done. I work with children (K-5th grades). They are required to wash their hands often, but from my own experiences with them, they do a horrible job. They either use really cold water, they don’t use soap, or they don’t wash.
Unless you are standing over your child when he/she washes their hands, you have no idea of knowing how well they did. Did they fully wash their hands? Did they wash them for at least 20 seconds?
There are some fun products on the market that encourage handwashing by making it FUN. Yes, handwashing can be fun.
Here are some products worth checking out.
Clean with Color
Clean with Color are a new products line from Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. If you’ve never experienced Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, it’s A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I reviewed the putty back in 2012. I still have it! It’s been about 9 years, and I still have my Thinking Putty.
Clean with color is a line of soaps that combine Crazy Aaron’s amazing color technology with gentle and effective cleansing that’s fun for kids,
I was sent some of these soaps to check out for myself.
Crazy Aarons Hypercolor Foaming Hand Soap works like any normal foaming hand soap. What makes it fun is that when you pump the soap into your hand, it’s the color specified on the bottom (in my case, blue, magenta and green). The soap starts out that color, but as you wash your hands, the foam turns into white. You need to wash your hands a few seconds to see it change color, thus prompting kids to wash their hands for several seconds, instead of pumping soap in their hands an immediately rinsing it off (I have seen my “work kids” do that on many occasions).
The above photo is not a good representation of what the soap looks like, but hopefully you can see the green color.
The color DOES NOT come off in your hands (meaning your hand is not colored or stained in any way).
I think this is a great idea to not only encourage children to wash their hands regularly, but also to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds (hopefully they wash for at least that long).
In addition to the colorful foaming hand soap, Crazy Aaron also carries kid-friendly hand sanitizers. Not only do they featured kid-friendly designs, but they are also colorful, as you can see in my photo.
For more information about these and other Crazy Aarons products, visit CrazyAarons.com.
Another brand that helps encourage children to properly wash their hands is called SPLATZ.
SPLATZ is a new eco-friendly hand soap that literally SPLATZ when kids squeeze them under water.
If you have ever seen or used water beads before, this is essentially the same thing. They are small, soap filled balls that pop open in your hand when you use one to wash your hands.
I tried to take a photo of the soap “balls” in the container, but it’s not the best photo.
I would not recommend these for very little kids, only because I would worry about them squeezing them open before their hands are in the sink, which could be messy. But I guess each parent would have to make that decision since they know their child/children the best.
This brief video shows you what SPLATZ! looks like “in action.”
As you can see from the video, SPLATZ are certainly something kids would love to use. Kids would certainly think they are cool.
If you would like to learn more about SPLATZ, visit OneFun.com.
The brand WeCool Toys also has fun hand soaps and hand sanitizers that kids love.
I’ve reviewed products from WeCool Toys in the past, and their products are certainly created to be a lot of fun for children (and us “big kids” too). I LOVE their butter slime. It’s my all-time favorite slim.
I was surprised that WeCool Toys soap products that encouraged children to not only wash their hands, but also to sanitize their hands when soap and water is not available.
WeCool’s 20 Second Hand Soap encourages kids to wash their hands correctly and have fun at the same time.
The 20 Second Hand Soap comes in a pouch with many individually packaged “soaps.” They remind me of Alka-Seltzer tablets in a way.
The tablets are very colorful (more so than the ones in my picture – below). They also come in different shapes.
I like that they are individually packaged. These would be great to tuck into a purse, backpack or even a soap pocket, just in case you need to wash your hands and there is no soap available.
Sadly, I’ve been in many restaurant and store bathrooms that were out of soap. If I had these soaps in my purse, that would never be an issue ever again. In fact, I do keep some of these soaps in my purse for just those occasions.
I have seen school bathrooms without soap too, so these would be important to have in your child’s backpack or lunchbox.
The tablets are scented, but I honestly didn’t really smell that much scent. They are very lightly scented at best.
To use, simply place a tablet in your hand, add a little water, and rub your hands together. As you rub your hands together, the tablets breakdown and turn into soap. I never actually timed it, but I would say it takes a good 10-20 seconds for that to happen, and 20 seconds it the recommended amount of time to wash your hands.
These tablets also encourage children to actively rub their hands together in order for the tablet to breakdown and dissolve, which is another way to teach children the proper way to wash their hands.
In addition to the soap, WeCool Toys also has a line of scented hand sanitizers.
They sell different types of hand sanitizers. I happen to like the ones that come with a carrying case so that they can easily attach to a backpack or purse.
These hand sanitizers are lightly scented, which would make them even more appealing to children, and hopefully encourage them to use them when soap and water are not available.
These are lightly scented. Of the ones I received to review, Frosted Strawberry is my favorite scent.
If you would like to learn more about these products from WeCool Toys, or to see what other fun things they have to offer, visit WeCoolToys.com.
Lastly, the brand Pikotaro also has a handwashing product that is great for both children and adults.
I have honestly never heard about Pikotaro before. Apparently he’s famous for his viral song PPAP (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen). Now he’s back with a new version of his famous song to promote proper hand-washing as well as a new hand soap, PIKOWash!
Here is the music video, in case you are like me and have never heard it before (maybe only parents of little kids are familiar with it).
I think it would drive me bonkers if I had to listen to that song over and over again. Ha Ha.
This product is a soap bar (more like a ball) instead of a foam wash. It’s made with olive oil to help gently moisturize the skin as well. Let’s face it, when you wash your hands a lot, it can be very drying on your skin. That is why I appreciate products that can add in some moisturizer as well.
As a bar of soap, I don’t think this would encourage children to wash their hands frequently, however, if you pair it with the music video, little kids are sure to want to wash their hands like they do in the video.
If you would like to learn more about PIKOWash!, visit PikoWashOfficial.com/en/ (for the English version of the website).
What do you think about these products? Are you familiar with any of them? What product (or products) do you think your child would most enjoy? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.