Children’s Product Reviews: Got Swine Flu? Get Shandle

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Swine flu has hit my school. Yesterday we had over 10% of our students absent, district wide. Today it was only 8.7%. I’ve heard lots of advice, some of it pretty crazy, but no matter who you talk to or what you read, handwashing is the constant advice.

I wash my hands and you wash your hands, but what about your kids? I know I am not as vigilant as I should be. However, the people at have a great new product that helps remind kids to wash hands when you can’t (or don’t…sometimes I’m just lazy!)

The Shandle is a little device that sticks to your toilet seat. It reminds kids to wash their hands. The Shandle has an antimicrobial coating as an additional guard against germs. They have lots of kid-friendly designs and even some modern designs to compliment your bathroom décor.


My girls, ages 3 and 4, were pretty thrilled with The Shandle. We have the frog design, which they adore. They sometimes say, “Goodbye, Shandle,” when they leave the bathroom, after washing their hands, of course.

Frog Shandle

In my household, we have 3 girls and one boy, my husband, whose mother taught him well. Thanks MIL! We don’t have toilet seat issues. However, my friends with boys all said how much they would love this for the toilet seat reminder-ness! Even husbands might take the hint! I have to say, the thought of kids touching the toilet seat, then not washing, then touching things everywhere…yuck! This would go a long way in solving that problem, especially if you don’t clean your bathroom very often…or ever.

The Shandle is only $6.99 with free shipping. It has a 100% money back guarantee so there’s really no risk. Hey, this could be a delightful stocking stuffer for every man on your list!

If this hasn’t been convincing enough, check out this information from the website. If this doesn’t get your credit card out, I don’t know what will!

These are only a few examples of germs that are derailed by proper hand washings.

  • Streptococcus: Strep throat is a contagious disease caused by the streptococcus bacteria. Strep is most commonly seen in children between the ages of 5 and 16. Although there is no perfect way to avoid strep throat infections, experts agree that washing your hands often is an excellent start.
  • Staphylococcus: Staph contains over thirty different types of bacteria and is responsible for a number of illnesses. If staph is present around your kids- hand washing will go a long way to keeping it at bay.
  • E.Coli: A sick child who doesn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom can spread bacteria throughout the house in a matter of seconds. Teaching kids the importance of hand washing will reduce the likelihood of germs spreading.
  • Shigella Bacteria: Most common during the summer months Shigella typically affects kids 2 to 4 years old. Symptoms include cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. The infection is very contagious and can be prevented with good hand washing practices.

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