We’re finally counting down the last two weeks of summer ‘vacation’ until my twins enter Pre-K!
Amazingly, they haven’t had a single cold the ENTIRE summer!
I know, however, that that’s going to change as soon as they get to school.
Schools are breeding grounds for all kinds of bacterial and viral mayhem. Whether it comes from the kids who pick noses, slurp same and think nothing of then touching your child’s crayons during art class, or the sneezes with a 75mph (really!) wide-mist-dispersal field, or the bathrooms where many children and adults often give short-shrift to the basics of good hygiene, or if it comes from the kids that other parents knowingly send in sick, sometimes going so far as to mask the symptoms with over-the-counter meds, my kids are going to get it with both barrels.
Pro-biotics can only do so much to combat this constant onslaught.
Short of sending Halle & Zanna to school in little haz-mat suits, we’ve done our best to instill in them the virtues of handwashing, sneezing into their elbows, and more handwashing.
Washing hands is one of the landmines of bathroom time in my home. I know you have to hum the Birthday Song twice, but getting the kids to actually wash and not splashplay is………..difficult.
First, there’s The Pump. This $1.50 special, straight from the exclusive shelves of Walmart, is a royal pain in the neck to operate. You wouldn’t believe it to look at it, but I think it could be used as a device of torture. First of all, the pump apparatus sticks, and when the soap does come out, it is with such force that it always splashed out of your hand – and into your eyes – where it feels just like someone is now carving out your eyeballs with a Ginsu.
Clearly this is not good for the kiddos. Not to mention the fact that you operate it when your hands are already teeming with bacteriological pestilence.
So I was VERY happy when LYSOL® sent me this:
An automatic pump dispenser! Woo-hoo! (Yes, this Mama can appreciate the simple joys in life!)
After setting it up, I tried it out.
Ah…what bliss! What ease! And no after-effect of eye-carving!!
The only prob was that the soap had quite a strong scent. From past experience, I knew that this might put off my kids a bit, as well as my husband. I’m sure the soap was just as anti-bacterial as its packaging said it was, but it wouldn’t do a bit of good if hubby and kiddos didn’t use it.
So, enter Mama Ingenuity! I took a little medication syringe that I got from my local pharmacy for free and with it I sucked out all the soap from the dispenser bottle like so:
Then, I took our mild baby soap and injected that.
Voila! After I reassembled the dispenser, it worked like a charm, and now, 4 refills later, it’s still working like a dream!
The kids love it! They just wave their hand under the ‘faucet’ of the dispenser and lo! magically, soap comes out…nay, it oozes out! And nary an eye is tortured in the process!
Coasting on the high of this amazing thing, the girls then get on with the business of actually washing their hands. And they don’t splash! Much.
It also helps that I told them that if they splashed then I would take the dispenser away.
They love the dispenser, so no splashing around.
Thank you LYSOL®!
Next, I tried the package of LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes.
These are really nice! On the one side is the usual soft surface which wipes and disinfects, and on the other side is a slightly rough raised pattern that can be used to scrub at more stubborn spills.
I like using this on the girls’ dining table. It really gets up the gunked-on stuff and disenfects at the same time. I don’t need to worry that if the girls start licking the table (as children do) that they’re ingesting a petrie dish of bacteria.
I’m hoping that LYSOL® will make a little portable packet of their Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes for mamas to take with them on the go. Sometimes a good scrubbing down and disinfecting of a restaurant table would go a long way toward reassuring a mama that her kiddies aren’t going to contract something loathsome and hideous at a mall food court.
And a little travel pack would also come in handy for disinfecting snacktime tables at school, too!
You can check out more info about Lysol’s new Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System and LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes on their own product webpages on the Lysol website, and also check outLYSOL’s® Facebook page! They have a sweepstakes going on for a Stainless Steel Kitchen Set!
Helpful Links from LYSOL®:
Handwashing Tips – Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs. Every time you touch a contaminated surface, you can transfer germs to and from your hands — but proper and thorough hand washing removes most germs from your hands.
Handwashing Poster – Make handwashing fun by downloading a handwashing poster to read together and hang by your bathroom sink.
Back-To-School Basics – Traditionally, classrooms are breeding ground for germs. Every desktop, pencil sharpener, doorknob and faucet that an infected child touches becomes colonized with germs.
And LYSOL® was generous enough to sponsor a giveaway right here at Twice Blessed Life to one of our readers to win their own set of LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System and LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes!
And we’re doing it as another Rafflecopter giveaway, which makes entering even easier!
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*I received a LYSOL® Healthy Touch® No-Touch Hand Soap System and LYSOL® Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes for review purposes. No other compensation was given for this review, and the opinions are my own honest feelings about the products and were not influenced in any way.