Wash Your Hands! (A Giveaway)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on September 26, 2008

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands is one of the most important things kids and adults can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness.

Did you know that mothers are the number one influencers in teaching children to wash their hands? I remember my mom always telling us to wash our hands. We sang the ABCs, while washing – just enough time to wash the dirt and germs away.

To help us in our efforts to teach our children about hand washing, Dial Complete foaming hand wash has launched the Campaign for Clean Hands, a program designed to engage and educate families about the importance of proper hand-hygiene.

Dial Complete brand’s Campaign for Clean Hands

The centerpiece of the Dial Complete brand’s Campaign for Clean Hands is an informative Web site – www.campaignforcleanhands.com – that features a Campaign for Clean Hands video contest for kids. Your kiddos can submit a 15-to-30-second video telling the world “Why Clean Hands Are Important.”

At the campaign headquarters you can also find an online “DC Germ Blaster” video game, as well as a variety of fun, educational hand washing materials that you can print and share with your children, including a home hand washing chart, coloring and activity sheets, bookmarks and a memory game.

The site also features a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a year’s supply of Dial Complete foaming hand wash. Head over and enter and then come back, because you can win a case of Dial Complete foaming hand wash right here!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave me a comment on this post, before 9pm (pacific) on October 15th, with how you get your kiddos to wash their hands. Do you have them sing the alphabet to mark the time they spend playing in the sudsy water, like we do?
  • For an extra entry in the random drawing, feel free to subscribe to my blog feed , but you must remain a subscriber at least through the duration of this contest. Make sure you leave me a separate comment saying you subscribed.
  • 1 lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a whole case of Dial Complete foaming hand wash. The winner will be notified via email, so make sure you leave a valid email address in your comment.

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. A winner will be notified soon.

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{ 222 comments… read them below or add one }

toughturtles September 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

desert needs clean hands


Beverley September 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm

We sing Happy Birthday to the happy frog on the counter, with an encore.


Megret September 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm

We sing a little song that goes, “This is the way we wash our hands…” It works!

musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com


kristilb19 September 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm
msrodeobrat September 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

i got one of those kits where it has the liquid that you put on your hands and the blacklight to show you the germs.


Tamara September 29, 2008 at 8:50 pm

We always sing the ABCs when we are washing our hands together.


Anonymous September 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Money money


Kristen M. September 30, 2008 at 8:37 am

My daughter has always been a good hand washer, my son – not so much. For him it’s all about letting him pick out the soap (if he likes the container, he is more likely to use it).


Kristen M. September 30, 2008 at 8:41 am

I’ve subscribed to your feed.


littlelatina September 30, 2008 at 8:53 am

He likes the suds and bubbles yeah!


Heather September 30, 2008 at 10:03 am

I am logical – washing heads helps stop the spread of germs so washing hands will help prevent illness. I also watch them when they are washing their hands to make sure they are doing a good job.


chris September 30, 2008 at 11:20 am

foaming soap is key to getting the kids to wash! It makes lots of suds and bubbles!!


b-me September 30, 2008 at 11:30 am

My kids love liquid or foaming soap in fun kid-friendly bottles. We always encourage everyone to wash hands every time we come home — this way anything we picked up on the outside gets washed away right away. Thanks for a great contest!


lindanuts September 30, 2008 at 1:16 pm

We use the same timer as they use for toothbrushing–a little yellow ducky. We prefer the foamy stuff. Also do not run water during washing–only for rinsing…..we use the antibacterial wipes when away from the bathroom….


dwhogan September 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

good luck to all


cstironkat September 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

We pretend there is a wicked witch who will take our desserts if we don’t wash our hands.


shiloh September 30, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Love liquid soap in the bathroom, seems most kids enjoy using it.


Armywife73 October 1, 2008 at 6:59 am

I remind them that dirty hands spreads germs therefore, it can make them sick. That gets them running to go wash them!



Armywife73 October 1, 2008 at 7:01 am

I subscribed to blog feed. Thanks!



wv_mom October 1, 2008 at 8:00 am

My kids love to wash thier hands. We started with the ABC song and they still sing that, but they also love the flashing Clean team hand soap pump (you can refill it with any brand).


dcala October 1, 2008 at 10:49 am

I use fun liquid soap that my daughter picks out.


vmkids October 1, 2008 at 11:38 am

taught them to sing happy birthday to make sure they wash long enough


Ma Val October 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm

We already use the Dial Foam Pump to wash our hands. The kids enjoy washing their hands so much that my problem has been getting them to stop! Great product, Thanks.



Kari October 2, 2008 at 5:09 am

Thank you for the chance!


sarah October 2, 2008 at 10:38 am

i get them to sing their ABCs!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com


Bonnie P October 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

All kids need routines. If you start when they are old enough to walk telling them when to wash their hands, they will be come so use to doing it that you no longer have to preach.

My kids know that when they wake up in the morning, before and after potty breaks, before they eat and when they walk through the door from school – they have to wash their hands. Now I don’t even need to say it and they do it on their own all of those times and more!


Anna October 3, 2008 at 7:51 am

I remind him of the “tiny ugly germs” of Yo Gabba Gabba fame


flared0ne October 3, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Our youngest is autistic, so we’ve spent a lot of time establishing a whole pattern of self-care routines that he has memorized — in fact, if the hand soap is empty, he lets us know in no uncertain terms that we are not keeping up our end of the deal!!

And with recent reports of a local high school student dying of a MRSA (antibiotic resistant) infection, it is good to know that organism IS vulnerable to the ingredients in hand soap.

Thanks for a public service!
Reach out to me (with clean hands) on gmail via flaredz0ne (that is a zero), thanks…


Christine October 3, 2008 at 10:09 pm

My 4 year old will go wash his hands when I tell him to. He doesn’t fight me on it. My 1 year old likes to play in the water.


SJ October 4, 2008 at 10:26 am

My boys sing Happy Birthday, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while washing their hands. When the song is done, they are done washing. It works out great!


agsweeps October 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm

We soap up and then sing Happy Birthday before washing off the soap.

agsweeps [@] hotmail [.] com



tiff October 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm

well, we sing his favourite nursery rhymes. it helps to get him motivated but i don’t know after how long i’ll get sick of twinkle twinkle little star. lol.



Aura October 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm

My five year old lost his twin brother last year to a heart condition so he has been growing up very germ conscious. He washes his hands like a surgeon and corrects others on proper hand washing techniques. He is also a bit obsessive with foam soap and has actually been known to use up an entire pump in 2 days so we have instituted a one pump for each hand wash rule.
aahaft at gmail dot com


Noggy October 5, 2008 at 2:28 am

I found that getting my boys to wash their hands was easy because I hand painted a personalized ceramic pump dispenser for each of them. It seems there is something about having your own toiletries that instills pride and reinforces good hygiene or maybe they just like using their cool soap dispensers. I know their friends loved them too.


Rachel October 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

I simply explained that germs spread when we do not wash.


Roberta October 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm

I have a cheery kid pump soap in each bathroom and since potty training have never really had to nag as he knows it is part of the routine. (If only every part of my life as a mom was so easy)



cathyhall October 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm

My thoughts go out to Aura, my boy is a bit compulsive with hand washing and teeth brushing (as am I ) – so will think about the one pump per wash rule. thanks for the giveaway.


sahd davey October 5, 2008 at 2:13 pm

My child basically does anything to avoid washing his hands, it a nightmare. Usually, I simply state that we can’t leave the room until the job is done. – the above comments have given mt tips, thanks,

davidjnorris at ntlworld.com


heppy3 October 5, 2008 at 3:24 pm

My children always washed their hands. It was taught when they were young. They don’t question it they just do it.


Proud Wife of a U.S. Soldier October 5, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I make it fun by singing “Happy Birthday” while washing hands!

Thanks for the chance to win.


Brooke October 6, 2008 at 5:32 am

My middle daughter washes her hands because she thinks it’s a grown up thing to do.


The Family =) October 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

The only way to really get my son to wash his hands for as long as i can is to buy some over priced kid-targeted bottle of foam soap. The thing with the foam-types of soap though is that they last a fairly long time.


The Lady Riposter October 6, 2008 at 8:29 am

I think just using a fun soap, either foaming or from a fun bottle usually does the trick! I’ve also found that letting kids have a bottle “all to themselves” can be helpful.


kinchst October 6, 2008 at 11:33 am

My 3 year old sons hates to be dirty. He thinks that if he doesn’t wash his hand, that bugs will grow on them. He thinks that same about not brushing his teeth.


vboackle October 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm

we sing crazy songs together.


Meg Marie October 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm

My mom always made me sing Happy Birthday.


tlcfromtn October 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

We just explained about germs and the importance of clean hands. Besides they love the squirt bottles and playing in the bubbles! Thanks!

braaisjo at gmail dot com


OlyveOyl October 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm

No problem getting kids to wash their hands – they actually remind others – when they got old enough to understand a little about germs I guess we grossed them out enough that they are always wanting hand sanitizer and hand soap at most places we go!


Millie October 7, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I use “cool” soap.. lego shaped animal shaped whatever keeps the boys attention! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
cade will 14 @ yahoo . com


Danielle October 7, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I have never had a problm getting my kids to wash their hands. They have just always done it as part of a routine. They know that after using the potty, sneezing, or playing outside and before eating or helping in the kitchen, they MUST wash their hands.

ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com


Anonymous October 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

I just yell at them until they listen!



Deb October 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm

I simply insist that they wash their hands….often! Consistency breeds habit. THanks for the great giveaway.


julie October 9, 2008 at 5:11 am

my daughter is immune comprimised so everyone in the family has been taught from day one to wash wash wash
3beez at bellsouth dot net


denyse October 9, 2008 at 10:15 am

I have to go hand over hand w/ my youngest- He hates to wash his hands…


Darcy October 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm

We also sing songs as well have a light-up soap dispenser that plays a song. Thanks for the chance!


Darcy October 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm

I am a subscriber. Thanks!


Rachael October 9, 2008 at 8:19 pm
Anonymous October 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I explain to them about the “little germs crawling” and they scrub and scrub.


Cecilia October 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm
Shannon C. October 11, 2008 at 8:12 am

I buy great smelling soap. My girls love it!

I am a subscriber, too.


Susan October 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm

We always made my daughter wash her hands thoroughly before & after handling her puppy. Now she is convinced it keeps the puppy healthy so she is glad to do it.


Jen October 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

We sing a song that was taught at preschool. It is just the right amount of time to get squeaky clean!


idahodad7 October 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

My boys need this.


jsc123 October 11, 2008 at 11:15 pm

We make a game out of it that involves laughing a lot and singing. as they get older and can wash alone they still sing our silly songs as they wash their hands.
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
I would LOVE to win !!


carol drury October 12, 2008 at 9:32 am
idahomom October 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

The Alphabet song sounds like a good idea.


Tammy October 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Well if they don’t wash their hands they don’t get food, that’s incentive enough around here!


Ardy22 October 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Teaching the little ones to wash frequently can sometimes be challenging. For their own good!


ky2here October 13, 2008 at 2:57 am

Withholding food and love can be an incentive.


Sarah Berry October 13, 2008 at 9:21 am

Right now I still wash Brea’s hands for her but there are some great ideas here. We will probably do the alphabet. I think that it is also important to mention that it is important to make sure that kids are rubbing there hand together and don’t forget the fingertips. Friction is the best germ killer.


Kasey P October 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm

With a new puppy in the house it hasn’t been hard to get hands washed at all lately.
beausdorei at gmail dot com


Anonymous October 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm

We all wash our hands together so I know that all of us have clean hands! Thanks! senekers(at)comcast(dot)net


Faither October 13, 2008 at 5:55 pm

By emphasizing playing with the bubbles while they rub their hands together.


paula h October 13, 2008 at 6:37 pm

My youngest, I wash his hands for him. The older kids have learned that that don’t eat if their hands aren’t clean. Since no one wants to have to get up and go wash their hands, they make sure to show up to the table with clean hands and faces.


Brandy October 13, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I buy scented soaps to encourage hand washing. :)


Brandy October 13, 2008 at 6:53 pm

I’m a subscriber. :)


J. D. October 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I say cheerfully, “Washing paws time!” Often I go in with my son and help him, and sing “Singing In The Rain” while we wash.

jdelehant (AT) cox.net


Sandy October 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm

It’ll be embarassing when he’s singing the ABC song when he washes his hands as an adult :o)


yadgirl October 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I remind kids to wash their hands.


blueviolet October 14, 2008 at 7:33 am

I always taught the kids to sing the happy birthday song so they’d wash long enough and it made them remember to do it also.


blueviolet October 14, 2008 at 7:34 am

I am subscribed too!


redron October 14, 2008 at 9:20 am

by example.


dhunt October 14, 2008 at 10:47 am

Thanks for yet another great contest.


angie October 14, 2008 at 11:02 am

I just keep plenty of sudsy, good smelling soap on hand. My daughter is old enough now that she doesn’t need reminders. When she was young, I’d let her play with the suds in the sink. She always wanted to wash her hands. :)


pitaharmon October 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

It helps if you have a cool or fun pump for the soap. I also tell the kids I am gonna hold their hand, I can tell just by that if they have washed or not. Most moms will know what I mean, you know a hand is dirty when you’re holding it…


dvice October 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm

We made it part of our standard routine so it always happens


ssmina October 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm

if he sees me washing my hands he wants to…


chromiumman October 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I tell them – go wash your hands


Suz October 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm

We make a game out of it.

suzannellewis at gmail dot com


Helen October 14, 2008 at 7:40 pm

My kids loved washing their hands after I bought them these cool nail brushes.


ms-texas October 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm

no problem for my kids – they like washing their hands


Tipper October 14, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I usually takes alot of convincing for me, so what ever will make it easier!


Mollie G. October 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

By dint of much much much repetition, we’ve finally gotten him to rub the soap on his hands BEFORE he puts his hands back under the running water. It is all part of “the regular routine” though, by now — if we travel and don’t take his soap pump with the fish floating in it, he will get very uncooperative.

Splash me via gmail with d#3addr#0p (take out the # in front of the numbers), please!!


JLYNNF76 October 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Getting my son to wash his hands isn’t a problem. It’s getting him to stop playing with a water that’s a problem.


jessica a October 14, 2008 at 11:19 pm
Jessilyn82 October 15, 2008 at 12:45 am

I found these cute little shark and alligator washcloths at our local dollar store that they have fun with-combined with foaming soap they usually don’t seem to mind too much!


Jess V. October 15, 2008 at 3:01 am

I tell them that it keeps them healthy and they won’t have to go to the doctor as often.


Anonymous October 15, 2008 at 5:25 am

This is really a smart prize!


Mtlgrl4evr October 15, 2008 at 5:31 am

My youngest daughter loves to wash her hands, I just give her the soap and she plays with it and then rinses her hands.


masonsgranny59 October 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

My grandson loves to wash his hands, the problem is getting him to stop BEFORE HE DROWNS THE BATHROOM!:)


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