My kids are gross. I mean this in the nicest way. Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughters. But anyone who thinks that little boys have cornered the market on dirty and icky are dead wrong. On the average day my six year old comes home from school coated in grime, mysterious paint and marker stains, mud, sand and goodness knows what else. Her finger nails look like she’s been apprenticing with a grave digger; often torn, always coated in dirt with goop up under her nails.
Needless to say one of her first “after school jobs” each day is to wash her hands with soap. She swears she washes them throughout the day at school. I disbelieve. The four year old is, believe it or not, slightly less filth prone. However she likes to touch EVERYTHING everywhere we go and also has a habit of chewing on her finger nails and putting her fingers in her mouth. Yuck. Can you say “tiny ugly germs”? Between the two of them I feel like I’m living in a germ factory.
I am on them all of the time to wash their hands. It’s probably the number one thing I nag them about. “Did you wash your hands? Really? Because I didn’t hear the water running? Oh yes, I see. Maybe you forgot. Right, well head back in there.”
Of course half the time I’m already in there with them because the four year old has yet to get our soap pump to work on her own, so I need to head into the bathroom and dole out the soap each time she needs to wash up. She loves that mommy is helping, but seriously, it’s annoying. I’ve tried those “designed for kids” pumps and she just hasn’t mastered them yet. I suspect she’s intentionally stubbornly not figuring it out because she enjoys making me come in there and watch her wash her hands four hundred and sixty two times a day.
Enter the Lysol® No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Soap System.
We had the chance to give the Lysol® No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Soap System a trial run. I perked up at the phrase “antibacterial”, as that’s something I usually look for in our hand soap. I live with a pair of two legged germs factories, disguised as cute little girls — aka I need all the bacteria fighting help I can get.
I was a bit torn over whether to place this in the kitchen or the bathroom, but decided to put it where the girls would use it most. Though I did worry a bit, needlessly, about how well this automated dispenser would work with kids. No fear, the no touch dispenser automatically senses hands, even tiny wiggly hands, and dispenses just the right amount of soap.
The Lysol® Antibacterial Hand Soap Refills are available in a variety of scents and is enriched with moisturizing ingredients. We tried out the odor neutralizing “Refreshing Citrus” and the moisturizing “Aloe Vera & Vitamin E” soaps. I didn’t mind the scent of either of the two soaps, I even actually kind of like the citrus scent.
The very first thing I noticed about the dispenser was that it stays clean! Our old refillable white plastic soap pump used to turn grey from the filth my kids left behind. I was constantly wiping the thing down. It was gross. I quickly realized that the best part of this whole “no-touch” thing is that no one needs to touch the soap dispenser. Which means no grimy little grey finger prints and no yucky germs left behind. Yay! Anything that can help my family stay healthy by preventing the spread of germs is a win in my books.
My girls are in love with this sensor based soap dispenser. They like using it, and they can use it all on their own, without any adult help required. Let me be clear here, this thing has tricked my kids into thinking it’s fun to wash their hands. Now, I’m willing to admit there is a strong chance that the novelty of the “magic” soap dispensing pump will wear off. But right now the girls are still completely “let’s wash our hands six extra times” enchanted with it.
I find myself ending the day with kids who actually have clean germ-free hands, which is awesome. I also find myself wishing I could send one of these “magic” Lysol® No-Touch soap dispensers off to school with the six year old. The teacher would totally understand why she showed up with this in her backpack, right?
Personally I’m planning on picking up a second system for the kitchen, or maybe the guest bathroom. I’m leaning towards the kitchen; no touch tap plus no touch soap dispenser equals no more goopy hands come cooking time. That sounds dreamy. Of course never having to scrape grey goo off the refillable plastic pump in the basement bathroom also sounds like a lovely idea. Ok, so really what I need is two more Lysol® No-Touch Antibacterial Hand Soap Systems.
What about you guys? Have you tried out the Lysol® No-Touch System? (Also please tell me I’m not the only one out there with gross kids?)
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