How To Make Hand Washing Easy for Shorties.

Washing my daughter’s hands has always been a pain in the neck. She’s so dang short that even with a step stool pulled up close to the sink, she still can’t manage to stick her hands under the water. So that means that I either have to:

a. Hold her suspended over the sink with one arm while trying to get her soaped up and rinsed off with the other.

b. Let her sit on the actual counter top so she can just bend over and stick her hands in.

c. Stand her on top of the step stool and use a cup to splash her hands clean.

Choice A bites because it’s impossible to both get her adequately clean and keep myself from getting soaked. Choice B is not a good idea because she ends up sitting all the way in the sink—getting an impromptu bath. And choice C doesn’t really work because my girl? Is too independent for her own good. And having mommy rinse her hands (even with a cup) just makes her all kinds of mad.

Long story short, more often than not I skipped the hand washing altogether—making do with a baby wipe instead. Which might be part of the reason why she’s been sick so often this winter.

Until, that is, the Aqueduck Faucet Extender entered our lives.

Aqueduck Faucet Extender

The Aqueduck. My new favorite invention.

This nifty little product acts just like one of those protective spouts you put over the faucet on your bathtub. To use it, you just squeeze the flexible plastic piece on the end and fit it over your faucet, like this:

Installing the Aqueduck

It's super easy.

It takes all of five seconds. When you’re done, the water flows along the yellow duck bill and (hopefully) onto your kiddo’s hands.

Happy camper using the aqueduck

*I had hoped to get a picture of my own kid. But she hasn't been feeling photogenic.

On our sink, the Aqueduck Faucet Extender propels the water to within three inches or so of the rim—well within Tori’s reach. Did I mention I love it? Because I really do. She actually asks to wash her hands now.

Best of all? It was invented by a mom, and is available on her website for $12.99 (you can get it on Amazon too, but it’s more expensive there). I like supporting Mom-owned businesses.

But you, lucky ducks that you are, can win one of your very own (Get it? I called you ducks. I am amazed at my own wit). How, you ask? Well, first of all, you’ve got to leave me a comment telling me how an Aqueduck Faucet Extender would make your life easier.

Want some extra credit? Then “like” Peachy C0. (the people behind the Aqueduck) on Facebook. That counts as one. You can also subscribe to my blog, follow me on twitter and like me on Facebook to get even more entries (each counts as one).

Leave me a comment for each thing you do, okay? It’ll make life easier for all of us. I’ll pick a winner (at random, of course) on April 28.

I was given a complimentary Aqueduck Faucet Extender to review by MomSpark Media. However, all opinions stated here are my own. And seriously? I think it rocks. For real.

30 Comments on How To Make Hand Washing Easy for Shorties.

  1. one cluttered brain
    April 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Sweet invention!
    Love it, count me in for the giveaway!

  2. Rebecca
    April 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm (5 years ago)

    What I think sucks is that places like Toys R Us do not have stools in the restrooms so kids can wash up…..ggrrrr. This looks great though.

    • Susanna Lee
      April 28, 2011 at 12:35 am (5 years ago)

      I hated that too! That was why I was determined to invent one and hopefully stores and restaurants will use it.

  3. Jenny
    April 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a three year old who usually sits on the counter to use the sink. This would be awesome for her!

  4. Jenny
    April 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm (5 years ago)

    I liked you on Facebook.

  5. Jenny
    April 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm (5 years ago)

    I follow you on twitter.

  6. Musingsfromme/Jill
    April 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great idea! My daughter was super independent too. She would have loved this. It’s super cute too!

  7. Lolo
    April 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Aquaduck would make my life so much easier so I do not have to hold up my little guy to the water . He gets heavy! Plus, it will help him wash his hands by himself.

  8. Lolo
    April 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm (5 years ago)

    I peachy co on fb

  9. Elona
    April 22, 2011 at 4:26 am (5 years ago)

    Don’t need to be in the give away because the cats can reach the sink no problem!

    Don’t kill me, but that thing REALLY reminds me of the little device that was invented to help women pee standing up (like in the woods or a port a john).

  10. Amanda West
    April 22, 2011 at 8:30 am (5 years ago)

    AHhhhhhhhhh this is too cute! I love this invention and it would totally be perfect in our house! Of course I don’t think I could use this out in public but would love it in our home

  11. Teri
    April 22, 2011 at 9:05 am (5 years ago)

    It would allow my children to be able to wash their hands without me holding them up!

    I actually seen this product before and worried it would not be as grand as described. Now seeing your in use photos and reading, I want one!!! My children are always at their tippy toes when they try to reach the faucet to turn on and wash. Sometimes it causes a mess. AT 12.99, this is well worth a try (do you know if they carry them in stores anywhere or just online). THANKS

    It is a great day at Mom to Bed by 8. Make sure to stop by and say, “hello” sometime.

    • Susanna
      April 28, 2011 at 12:44 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Teri,

      We do have them in stores. Please check our retailer list page to see one that is near your area:
      If you don’t see any that’s near your area, please suggest some!
      Thank you!!

      Have a nice day :)

  12. Jenn
    April 22, 2011 at 10:05 am (5 years ago)

    OMG! This would be perfect! Perfect! What a genius idea.

  13. Jenn
    April 22, 2011 at 10:07 am (5 years ago)

    Sorry – I was so excited, I forgot to mention why it would be perfect … because my daughter is exactly like yours. Too short even with a stool. Too independent to just ‘let me’ wash her hands. She ends up in the sink, etc. But, typically, we just use baby wipes like you mentioned. No good at all. This would be fantastic!

    And, I like them on Facebook!

  14. Sandra
    April 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

    It would be great to not have to step over the stepstool all of the time.

  15. Gail
    April 23, 2011 at 9:13 am (5 years ago)

    I totally want this thing. I am not going to lie, more often than not, we skip the handwashing gig all together too.
    So…I like you on facebook, and totally am going to follow you on Twitter (I can’t believe I don’t already!), and I’m going to Like Peachy Co. Sign me up!

  16. Pam
    April 26, 2011 at 9:07 am (5 years ago)

    This would be great in my home. I watch little ones in my home and have to lift them to wash hands. Usually we just sanitizer,but washing hands would be better.

  17. one cluttered brain
    April 26, 2011 at 9:10 am (5 years ago)

    I forgot to mention how perfect this would be too.
    My 3 yo stands on the toilet to wash her hands and the other day she fell off and bruised her cheek.
    This would be perfect if she could actually get the water without standing o the toilet…

  18. Rachel @ The Lazy Christian
    April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am (5 years ago)

    I. Love. This. And I need this! It’s really uncomfortable for my son to balance him on my knee so he can reach, and with the stool he can’t quite reach without me pulling his arms out of socket. I need an Aqueduck! :)

  19. erica
    April 27, 2011 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

    Brilliant Idea!

    I already follow you on Twitter and FB… but I am too lazy to post extra comments for it:)

  20. Joni Fry
    December 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Love it, count me in for the giveaway! Make sure to stop by and say, “hello” sometime. It would be great to not have to step over the stepstool all of the time. I need an Aqueduck!


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