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Tell Andrex® how you remind your DCs and the rest of the family about the importance of keeping clean - £250 spa voucher and a month's supply of Andrex® toilet tissue to be won! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Jun-14 11:59:00

Following the thread earlier this month about the honest things your DC say whilst learning to keep clean, the team at Andrex® would now love to share their “Andrex® Clean Routine” with you and find out how you encourage cleanliness with your family.

Andrex® say, “One in 5 of us doesn’t know, or isn’t sure of how best to keep their bottom clean, which is why we’ve developed the Clean Routine.”

Andrex® want to know what you think – how do you encourage your family, from toddler to partner to keep their intimate areas clean? Have you got any other tips that you have shared with your family that work well?

Add your comment to this thread and you’ll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 Spa voucher and a months supply of Andrex®. Please note comments may be used by MN and Andrex® on social media, on the Andrex® pages on MN or possibly elsewhere: anon of course – but please only add your comment if you’re happy for it to be used like this!

Thanks and good luck,


telsa Fri 04-Jul-14 17:43:44

No secret tricks here, I just watch over them to make sure they wipe and then wash hands, and I relate lurid stories about bugs and germs that could result if they fail to do it well enough.

YourHandInMyHand Fri 04-Jul-14 17:55:19

My son has taken it upon himself to check his bottom in a mirror! Eeuw!

This is despite my perfectly reasonable advice of wipe, check, if anything there get a fresh piece and start again.

When he was littler we did the hand washing song that goes to the tune of row your boat. smile

CMOTDibbler Fri 04-Jul-14 18:51:11

Nagging about hand washing <sigh> My ds likes to try and keep Andrex in business by using far too much toilet roll, but seems to have a blank spot about washing his hands

BellaVida Fri 04-Jul-14 19:02:24

Well, as a mum of 4, I'm a huge advocate of getting them to do be as self sufficient, as soon as possible, in the 'intimate' and hand cleaning department! It is a fundamental part of being independent and taking responsibility for good hygiene early on in life.

So, here goes.

For bottom cleaning, we work on the basis that "If it wipes white, you got it right!"

We also do the "Get the knack of always front to back".

I don't want them to use unnecessary amounts of toilet roll either. It's not environmentally friendly and it blocks the toilet. So, I tell them to "Remember the trees please".

As for hand washing, we use the hospital technique. My youngest daughter's nursery had a doctor come in and demonstrate it and it really made an impact. Now she does (in a good day!) - wet, soap, palms, between fingers, around thumb, nails, rinse, dry, done.

Oh, and a decent toilet paper you don't put your fingers through, or have to use 3 times as much is obviously better and -ahem- more comfortable. We get through a lot with 6 in the house, so a month's supply would be enormously helpful! ;-)

WowOoo Fri 04-Jul-14 19:14:55

My children often use one or two flushable wet wipes first and then toilet roll when they are at home.

I get them to check by wiping all around - if it's clean, their bottom is likely to be clean.

I'll help my youngest child when he asks and be around in case he needs help. I trust my 8 yr old son -he is quite capable of dealing with his own bum!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 04-Jul-14 19:37:04

DD1 has been trained to call for assistance after doing a poo to make sure she's properly clean. She knows to wipe front to back after a wee and is more than capable, but she's not so good after a poo yet. We use a flushable wipe, because they're generally more effective. These days she adopts the downward dog position and shouts for me, which always makes me smile.

sharond101 Fri 04-Jul-14 21:18:30

We do a head to toe "Where is your ?????, let's wash that." We mix some of them up like saying DS's nose is his toes or his arms are his tummy and he loves correcting us. We do his private parts in the same way and he likes to wash himself all over this way.

boptanana Fri 04-Jul-14 21:32:08

Jobs lots of nagging and double checking. We are working towards independence for my dd as she starts school this year and nobody will be there to check she is clean.

alfieolliejackxxx Fri 04-Jul-14 21:50:42

my 3 yr old ds wasn't wiping his bottom properly and he didn't want me to do it because in his words he is a big boy now so i bought some andrex moist toilet tissues....problem solved!! we all feel clean after using them....good job andrexsmile)

MakeTeaNotWar Fri 04-Jul-14 22:44:14

Dd starts reception in September so I've got the rest of the summer to work on this. We're a 2 sheet family though! She ,over to wash hands with soapy bubbles but still some way off cleaning bums properly, wet wipes a good tip - but won't be flushing them, in the bin

rockpink Fri 04-Jul-14 22:49:13

We like the Andrex moist toilet tissues (although no-one wants the last, crispy one) and we also say if it's white then you've done alright.
Considering it's paper to wipe your bum on, nice Andrex soft paper is so so SO much nicer and better than those dreadful "nizal" nasty rustling paper sheets we used to have at school!

CocktailQueen Fri 04-Jul-14 23:00:43

I can't believe that over one in four adults in the UK aren't sure of the best way to wipe their bottoms!! Who would admit that? And it's hardly rocket science...

andream34 Fri 04-Jul-14 23:07:18

Keep wiping until the paper comes back clean, wash your bum every morning, and always wash your hands after the loo! Sounds simple... but some people, especially men, just don'[t have a clue!

moonegirl Sat 05-Jul-14 13:38:22

we encourage the dcs to use flushable wipes and to wipe front to back.
when their in the shower we tell them to start at the top and wash their way down, doing their bums and front last.

ILoveMyCaravan Sat 05-Jul-14 21:35:37

One of my DC willingly uses Andrex moist wipes, the other is quite adept at using normal toilet roll on its own. Happy to say that we've never really had a problem with bottom wiping, although I do admit to carrying around a pack of travel wipes for emergencies when we're out and about, thanks Andrex!

Fairylea Sat 05-Jul-14 21:40:54

I've always just tended to say keep going until there's nothing left to wipe! - not literally wiping their bottoms off (!) But certainly until the paper comes away clean.

Spottybra Sat 05-Jul-14 22:17:34

I have voices. A robotic one for my robot mad ds aged 4trs 'did you flush, have your hands been under the soap and water?'. For dd aged 3 (just) who is just starting on her own loo journey it's;
'which way do we wipe'
front to back mummy'
'then what do we need to do?'
'wash hands mummy'.

Several thousand times a day (or so it feels).

MerryMarigold Sun 06-Jul-14 19:45:45

Trying to remind dd to wipe after a wee is tricky. I always say, 'Did you remember to wipe?' and she says 'Yes' with a guilty look on her face!! And I say, 'You didn't, did you?'. And the next time I try and remind her whilst she is on the toilet.

The best story was when dd (5) was at a friend's and did a poo. Came out of toilet.
Me: "Did you flush?"
dd: "Yes"
Me: "Did you wash hands?"
dd: "Yes."
Me: [horrible thought occurring] "Did you wipe?"
dd: [Guilty pause and small voice] "Yes."
Me: "You didn't, did you?"
dd: "No."
Me: "Okay, you need to go back and wipe."
[dd goes back and does her wiping]
Me: "Did you wash hands?"
dd: No
Me: <sigh> "Okay, you need to go back and wash hands."

Wipe, flush, wash just seems to be too overwhelming for some. My other 5yr old (her twin brother) has been fine to do this since 2. Different children...

WheresTheCoffee Sun 06-Jul-14 21:38:13

Nothing special goes on here, I quiz Ds when he comes out of the bathroom and send him back in if he's not done it properly!

WheresTheCoffee Sun 06-Jul-14 22:10:30

DS gets grilled after each and every bathroom visit...I'd feel sorry for him if he wasn't so grimy! grin

unadulterateddad Sun 06-Jul-14 22:17:21

it's the Spanish inquisition when DS comes out of the toilet - what did you do? Did you wash your hands, is it all clean? Is the toilet seat clean? if any answer is no, then he is sent back.

Poofus Sun 06-Jul-14 23:39:40

My DS is only 2 so I do it all for him. He provides a running commentary on the process and is very interested, so I'm hoping that bodes well for the future. If only I could encourage my partner to be so interested in hygiene!

billyfarrell1981 Mon 07-Jul-14 00:43:59

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AndHarry Mon 07-Jul-14 15:07:55

I have a 4yo who sometimes forgets, or rushes or can't be bothered so I've taught him to wipe his bottom at least 4 times and keep going if the tissue's still dirty, I remind him of the 4 wipes and to wash his hands every time he goes to the loo and if it's me in charge at home I check that he's done it. I also wash his hands with him when we're out so he knows how to do it properly.

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