Hygiene… who would have thought that such a little word could mean so much. Have you ever tried to explain this concept to a toddler? Is it just me or are some toddlers just dirt magnets. I was told that it means they are having fun… but for me it was a nightmare, you see I have a ‘germophobia.’

I look at dirt and where some mom’s see fun and experience, I shudder. I close my eyes and imagine thousands of tiny little germs crawling all over. I was a paranoid mom who always wanted to be one of those moms that “Worry less… and Love More” and today I am – all thanks to Dettol.

10 Hand Washing tricks for your child

I guess that it’s because I know my family is in good hands and that they will always be protected from germs when using Dettol.

If you know me personally, you would know that I have almost everything from their range. I’ve been using the brand for years so I’m not just promoting these products because I’m getting paid for this post. Dettol is my helper in the kitchen, on my floors, my walls, my bathrooms and especially in my handbag….

My favourite Dettol products include the hand wipes, hand sanitiser (which is a must in my handbag), kitchen cleaner (it works so well for de-germing and is a wonder to get rid of ants). Let’s not forget about their automatic hand wash dispenser which is perfect for kids and visitors. I hate using soap that was touched by so many other germs….

10 Hand Washing tricks for your child

How did you explain the importance of hygiene to your kids?

Toddlers, like my daughter Kitana push boundaries and sometimes it takes a lot more than a 5 minute chat to get them to understand the importance of a situation. Washing your hands can be so tedious and time-consuming when you have to finish a game or rush back to your programme! We need to explain the importance of washing hands to the kids or else it’s just another job…

Setting an example is one way to teach them but it’s not the only way. I feel like there’s a lot more that needs to go with it. This is one of the reasons that potty training can be so difficult with some kids. You have to repeat the same routine over and over again. You also have to try different methods with this routine so that they can figure it out on their own. They need to understand it and in a way – own it. Kids don’t like to be told what to do. They want to know… Why?

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