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Encouraging good hygiene with a potty training toddler – a review of squidsoap

Encouraging good hygiene with a potty training toddler – a review of squidsoap

As we are in the midst of potty training NOM, we wanted to establish good hygiene routines with her early. This meant teaching her the importance of washing her hands and the reasons why she needed to. This wasn’t difficult as she was already used to this from doing it at nursery and observing mummy and daddy doing it themselves. But I know this is not always the case with all children. Some parents (and teachers even!) struggle with ensuring that children wash their hands after the toilet and before meals – I know from my own teaching experiences, not all children are as willing to engage in basic hygiene routines no matter how much you encourage and try to teach them the reasons behind keeping our hands and bodies clean…

It was then that I stumbled upon a clever product called Squidsoap. I found their product on Twitter after they tweeted about them taking part in the Harrogate International Nursery Fair. They offered NOM the chance to try one of their fab soaps, with its fun and eye-catching design and I was sure she would love it when it arrived!

Squidsoap “Makes learning healthy habits fun!”


The way the soap works is much like a normal pump action soap. The child (or adult for that matter!) presses the top of the pump to dispense the soap but it ingeniously leaves a special ink coloured mark on the hand used to push the pump, whilst leaving the soap on the other hand. The aim of encouraging the child to wash their hands thoroughly is to use the squid soap to wash the ink off the hands completely, which should take around 15-20 seconds. Here it is in action:

using squidsoap

using squidsoapThe soap has a lovely fragrance and the amount of soap dispensed is just enough for a good clean of little and large hands. The soap is available in 4 different coloured squids (orange, green, yellow and purple) and the squid part of the soap is removable creating a floating bath toy once the soap is all used up.

NOM is still using her squid soap now after a few days and has taken to its concept really well. We do sometimes find that it can take longer to wash the squid ink off her hands than the 15-20 seconds it advises, but it just means that she washes her hands for a few seconds more which is not a big issue – just even cleaner hands! You can purchase Squidsoap from Ocado and soon from Jo Jo Maman Bebe with prices starting from £1.99. I think that this is a great price tag for a child’s soap that encourages good hygiene routines, and as it is a  250ml bottle it should last a while.

If you’d like to find out more about Squidsoap, then you can find them by clicking the links below:




*Please note, that in order for me to complete this review, I was sent a bottle of Squidsoap free of charge, but all my comments and views are my own*


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  1. The squid ink dot is just genius! Anything to encourage proper handwashing :)
    Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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  2. Seen a few reviews for this now. Glad to see that people are liking it. I must get some for my son who is a bit lazy with the hand washing lately.

    x x x

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