I don’t know about you, but my whole house is filled with antibacterial products now. It’s crazy how this has exploded in the last year, given everything that’s been going on. I have antibacterial handgel, antibac soaps, sprays, wipes… the list goes on. It’s kind of strange when you think about it because what we really need is an antiviral, but that’s beside the point. It’s never a bad idea to get rid of germs and I don’t believe you can ever be too clean. So, when I was given the chance to sample some antibacterial slime from Canal Toys, of course I jumped at the chance. What ASMR enthusiast/mother wouldn’t?
This was a gifted item, so I’ve marked the post as gifted, but also as an ad, to be on the safe side. I haven’t received any money for this post and no incentive other than a wee freebie. As always, all opinions are my own (and in this case, my son’s) and my views are in no way affected by the gift. Now that I’ve gotten that legal disclaimer out of the way, lets talk about the slime.
As I write this, I’m waiting for the results of a covid 19 test. I’m pretty sure it will come back positive. It’s gutting because I haven’t been anywhere risky and I always ALWAYS wash my hands. I’m pretty paranoid about it now. But my ten year old son isn’t quite so vigilant. He’s difficult to get through to when it comes to hygiene and handwashing. That’s boys for you! But still we keep persisting and telling him to sanitize, wash, sanitize, wash, sanitize… you get the point. That’s why this will be such a great idea because it’s antibacterial slime and he won’t even feel like he’s washing or sanitizing.
One of the biggest issues that my son has with handwashing is clumsiness. His fine motor skills have always been poor and he finds handwash dispensers, taps and even rubbing a bar of soap between his palms difficult. Of course, many kids have no problem with this but a lot of them do and I really feel something like this slime could be an answer to the prayers of their mothers! All they have to do is simply play with it. They put it between their hands, let is slide through their fingers, dig their nails into it. It’s a great way to get clean without actually washing.
It doesn’t really smell of anything in particular. There was a faint whiff of something antibacterial in nature when I first opened the tin but that quickly vanished. Like all slime products, this feels cold and wet when you first touch it, even though your hands are bone dry. It has a nice gooey consistency and it stays bound together quite well.
Another thing that I like about this is that the antibacterial properties last for a month. That means it can be used again and again and it is still antibacterial! It’s something I might even consider using myself because I suffer from pompholyx eczema and traditional alcohol based handgels really irritate my skin. Sometimes they irritate so much that my skin cracks and bleeds and it’s all down to the alcohol content. So, I can’t comment on whether this is a better alternative yet because I’ll need to see how my skin reacts to it, but the fact it is alcohol free really appeals to me and it would be great to keep a little tin of this in my handbag that I can play with after washing my hands or just for a quick antibac freshen up. It kills 99.9% of bacteria on hands which is exactly the kind of stats I’m looking for in a product like this.
This is the first product of its type on the market and it’s a really unique product. If this takes off, it’s something you might see other brands doing in future, but I think I will definitely repurchase this now that I’ve tried it. If you would like to try it too, you can purchase it at Smyths Toys or on Amazon. Single pots cost £2.99 and a stack of 4 pots costs £9.99.
Would you try antibacterial slime? Or have you tried any other unconventional antibacterial products in the last year since the pandemic hit? Let me know in the comments so I can try them too!
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