We had a lovely day yesterday making hand puppets out of rubber gloves, all inspired by the Dettol competition at Mumsnet. You can win a professional puppet show in your own home just by making a puppet out of a rubber glove and sending them a picture.
Potty training is a slow and painful process at the moment. There is definite progress â€“ small one has spent the last week largely knickerless except for naps and bedtime and she hasn’t had any accidents…. But then she hasn’t had many successes either! It proves she has admirable control, but I don’t know how we are going to get past the fact she would rather wait and go in a nappy.
For now, we are doing everything we can to make it a fun process so I was excited to be offered the chance to test a Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System as a novel way of encouraging small one to wash her hands.
The handwash system is a small battery-operated liquid soap dispenser that works like the ones in nice public loos â€“ you just wave your hands underneath and a measure of soap comes out.
I am a fan of the Dettol brand â€“ it’s full of childhood nostalgia for me, and their Mission for Health gives it the feelgood factor, supporting things like Save the Children’s Eat Sleep, Learn & Play campaign. So, I was sorry my first thought was that this product was probably a bit of a gimmick. Nothing wrong with that if it encourages personal hygiene in the small one (and the rest of the household…) but we tend to use cheap unscented bar soap in the bathroom and I haven’t felt desperate for an upgrade.
That aside, one of the things that I liked when I read the product description, was that for once the scent choices didn’t make me want to run and hide. In fact, the fresh sounding Hydrating Cucumber Splash and Cleansing Green Tea & Ginger options really appealed. I react very badly to strong perfumes and small one has had bouts of urticaria, so we are very picky about scent in our household and it’s unusual to be tempted away from the safety of fragrance free.
The dispenser came with a refill pack of the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E scented soap, which had a pleasant, light fragrance, a creamy texture and didn’t cause any problems with either mine or my daughter’s skin, so a good start.
The design is simple and fairly inoffensive, although it does look a little more at home in the kitchen than in the bathroom. It looks a little like a travel kettle â€“ small, sleek and silver. Being picky, I would have preferred it in a plain white or a more â€œplastickyâ€ colour.
Setting it up:
It was easy to set up â€“ just click the refill into place, switch it on and go! It takes 4 AA batteries, which are included in the starter pack.
The dispenser works incredibly well. Just wave your hand under the nozzle to activate satisfying whirring as a perfectly measured glob of soap drops onto your palm. The on/off switch is a useful feature with younger children (although you must remember not to wave your hands underneath the nozzle as you switch off if you don’t want to have to wash your hands again…).
Having used it for a couple of weeks now, I’m a complete convert. It has saved me a lot of cleaning – we don’t have soap scum collecting all over the flat surfaces of the sink where the bars have started to go soggy, and it doesn’t seem to get clogged and grubby like normal pump action liquid soap bottles. You can also get pretty much all of the soap out without resorting to techniques usually reserved for glass ketchup bottles.
The kids love it, and there has definitely been a lot more hand washing going on. Despite this, we haven’t gone through the soap as fast as I expected, thanks to the measured doses.
The dispenser generated a lot of excitement from the children.
Small one (age 2) has taken us to the bathroom to wash her hands more times than she has actually sat on the potty.Â Curly one (age 11) was beside herself, actually bringing a couple of friends to see it, which I take as a positive… The lumpy one (age 18) was obviously too cool to get excited about it, but amused himself trying to convince Curly’s friends that it was a toothpaste dispenser. Luckily, they had â€œseen it on the tellyâ€, so didn’t fall for it.
My Mum has been quietly coveting our soap gadget and, although she felt the dispenser a little bit of a luxury, I suspect she may end up with one as she is a keen gardener and the hands free element for washing muddy hands really appeals.
Mr MilkChic and I rather like it too. It’s one of those surprisingly great products that we never knew we needed and we will definitely be buying another refill. In fact, if we could get a white version, we may end up with one for the kitchen AND the bathroom.
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System (250ml) is available at RRP Â£9.99 which includes dispensing base, one refill and x4 AA batteries. Five varieties of refills (250ml) are available at RRP Â£2.99 each.
Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post but I did receive a product sample to test and keep. I follow the Britmums Blogging with Integrity Guidelines â€“ I always write honest and truthful reviews and disclose any perks I receive!