This has got to be one of the cutest ideas ever for getting kids trained into healthy habits! The cute little squid that surrounds the soap is all rubbery and fun to touch. That attracted the attention of all of my kids. Once you remove the cap, the top of the Squid Soap has a small red dot that will put a bit of vegetable dye onto your child’s hand. If you wash for the 20 seconds recommended, the dot disappears. If they haven’t washed long enough, it stays on.
My usual method of making sure the girls have washed their hands is to buy scented soap, and then sniff their hands. That doesn’t work as well – you don’t have to wash for very long to get the scent. I also noticed that the Squid Soap was eye-catching enough that it disappeared faster than most soaps. I guess that means it was used more! We also liked that it had a light scent and that it is not an anti-bacterial soap. (You can read their FAQ for more information on the dye and soap)
So, we give the idea 5 spotlights – it’s brilliant. Unfortunately, for a total product score, we have to subtract for the implementation of the idea. Our little red dot and the foam ring around it fell off within a few hours of use (normal use for a family of 5, with kids ages 4-9). From what I have heard from other bloggers, our situation was unusual. We live in a small town, and haven’t been able to find Squid Soap at our small local stores to test a second container. A few of our chain stores are on the where to buy page, but our particular stores are probably just too small to stock everything.
If/when I get a second chance to try this product, I will update with new information. We still really liked the Squid Soap, even if it didn’t leave the dot, it was cute, and attracted the attention of the kids. We will buy it again if it isn’t much more expensive than the other soaps.
If you want to give it a try, Airborne has a coupon for you.
Our current rating for the Squid Soap is 3 spotlights – great idea, implementation not as great:
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