Softsoap Healthy Hand Washing Giveaway

Sharing is an important lesson for young children to learn, but not when it comes to germs.

Children can touch and retouch over 300 surfaces in just 30 minutes!  To encourage healthier environments, Softsoap liquid hand soap and the NACCP have partnered to educate families on how to prevent the spread of germs and illness among children.

Proper hand washing is one of the most important preventtive measures to help children avoid getting sick and spreading illness to others.

You can teach your children “hand washing moments”, such as before eating meals, so it becomes a habit, and also to:

* Refrain from touching the eyes and mouth
* Sneeze or cough into their inner elbow
* Frequently and properly wash their hands with soap and water

Proper hand washing techniques include washing hands with soap and warm water for 20 secnds, which can be a difficult and feel like a long task for children.  To help teach children this practice, Softsoap has teamed up with the APHA to feature “Get Ready” hand washing timers that easily attach directly to Softsoap soap pumps.  When pressed, the timers play a fun song for 20 seconds, helping children stay engaged to get hands clean and wash away germs.

The niftiest thing about the hand washing is that it also fits on top of the ‘foaming’ dispenser pumps, which are ideal to place in bathrooms and kitchens with young children.  This prevents the problem of children pumping too much soap on their hands, as the soap dispenses out foam in just the right amount for smaller hands.

To make hand washing seem even more fun and not quite so much a chore, pick up a Kids Foam in fun scents like the Berry Foam Works or in your children’s favorite characters like Sponge Bob or Dora.

Our daughter loves the foam dispensers far more than liquid soap.  It’s great because it has a nice large pump which makes it easy for children to press down on.  Adding a timer ensures that hand washing doesn’t turn into a “swipe and wipe” as we call it (swiping the hands under the water stream, and wiping them quickly on the towel!).

For more hand washing information, tips and activities, visit and APHA Get Ready campaign.

One reader will receive a Softsoap Foam Soap and a Get Ready Hand Washing Timer.

To enter the giveaway visit Lather Up For Good Health, and tell me something you learned.  You can enter daily.  (When you have completed the mandatory entry once, each subsequent day, you can simply comment with “daily entry”).

Open to US Residents ages 18+, ends February 21, 2011 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  E-mail must be in comment or submitted when entering.  By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read my **Privacy/Rules statements and agree to them.

“I wrote this post on behalf of Softsoap and received media samples to aid me in my review.”

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