I was recently sent a review sample of Squid Soap by the makers of Airborne. The parent hack potential was high: the idea is that kids "ink" their hands with the built-in stamp, then wash with the soap for 20 seconds to get it off. Turns out the CDC says that 20 seconds of scrubbing is what it takes to properly get rid of the germs.
I liked the idea that this is regular, old soap — not the antibacterial stuff which provides no foreseeable cleaning benefit but could, in the long term, promote the emergence of resistant bacteria.
Plus my kids happen to be hugely into squid, so I knew it would cause a minor uproar around here.
True to form, my kids loved the soap, and immediately removed the squishy squid and started dancing with it around the house. (Note to Airborne: please include two squid per bottle.) The soap smelled good and the bottle looked cute in the bathroom. But after 1-2 "inks" the novelty had worn off (unlike the ink) and they were back to washing their hands for about 5 seconds a pop.
After 3 days, the protective seal around the ink had popped off, and pink ink was seeping around the base of the bottle. It washed off the sink easily enough, but was a nuisance. I can only imagine what would happen if a stamp-happy kid got a hold of it and decided to decorate the bathroom walls.
All-in-all, a fun product and a good idea, but not something that makes it to parent hack status.
Anyone with tricks for teaching kids to wash their hands properly?