Yes, it’s true: Proper hand-washing has become the stress du jour for our families. After last season’s swine flu outbreak, it’s one practice we can’t emphasize enough in our households, no matter how many kids you have or how old they are. While we can’t watch their every move when they are at school or at a friend’s house, we can influence this good habit at home. Many preschoolers/kindergartners are being taught to sing “Happy Birthday” while washing their hands, so they’ll know how long to do so. But if your little diva turns into….well, a diva when it’s time to wash up for dinner, Disney Musical Hand Wash Timers from Healthy Hands can help get the job done. Out in time for National Clean Hands Week, which runs from September 20-26, these timers snap onto any liquid soap pump dispenser you already have at home. They work by playing favorite Disney movie ditties (like “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” and “Real Gone” from “Cars”) for 20-25 seconds–the amount of time recommended by the Center For Disease Control for eliminating germs. Once the song is finished, so are the germs.
In a Nutshell: Let Mickey or Minnie motivate your child to clean up the right way. This way, we can wash our hands of the swine flu once and for all.