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As your DC get older and begin to close the bathroom door, how do you ensure they are still remembering their intimate clean routine? £250 spa voucher and a month supply of Andrex® to be won! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Jun-14 12:01:54

The team at Andrex would like to hear about the tips you use to ensure your children stick to their clean routine once the bathroom door begins to close.

Andrex® say “As you get older you start to become more self-conscious, different rules start to apply. From research 28% of parents reported that door closing happens at around 7+, with 14% reporting is happens as young as 4 years.”

So have a think about how your child has changed as they get older – at what point did you realise they took care of themselves in the loo and what tips do you use to ensure they are keeping their intimate areas clean?

We know of course, all children are different and that for some children these milestones are either not always achieved or are achieved at a later stage. All comments welcome, whatever your circumstances.

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Thanks and good luck

Hakluyt Mon 28-Jul-14 13:56:03

I don't think I can take part in this survey- I can't get past my revulsion at "intimate clean routine". Particularly now I discover that when I do, I come across "intimate areas".


AuntieStella Mon 28-Jul-14 14:12:08

OP refers to bathroom and hygiene, and also to loo and a big paper manufacturer.

Are you asking about wiping bottoms, or whole body hygiene?

Though I suppose for both it comes down to sniff test.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Mon 28-Jul-14 14:30:23

I'm none to happy at the phrase "intimate clean routine" either sad

However, the simple answer is that you can't and don't do anything. As with everything else, you trust that you have taught them well, and you deal with the consequences (illness, infection etc) should they arise at any point. Kids need to learn by their mistakes.

Byrdie Mon 28-Jul-14 14:41:49

Andrex wet wipes by every loo - paper within reaching distance and a step in front of the sink. And screaming "have you wet wiped? Have you washed your hands" a lot.

AuntieStella Mon 28-Jul-14 14:43:00

My autocorrect didn't like what I meant to type, which was "bog paper"

Middleagedmotheroftwo Mon 28-Jul-14 14:44:33

You after first prize Byrdie?

micah Mon 28-Jul-14 14:46:13

I line them up once a week and inspect all intimate areas for cleanliness.

What a horrible phrase! If they're old enough to want privacy they're not going to want a parent checking their "intimate cleanliness".

So I have no tips I'm afraid. As long as they get a swish in the bath now and again, I have no need for fancy hygiene products, which is not what I suspect the makers of Andrex want to hear!

Madlizzy Mon 28-Jul-14 14:46:45

I just asked them if they'd wiped. Simple as that, and yes, that phrase is a bit minging.

TheTerribleBaroness Mon 28-Jul-14 14:46:47

Whoever wrote that OP? Please tell me it wasn't really MNHQ!
Look, if they're not wiping properly they'll have mucky pants. You'll know about it door open or closed. It's not rocket science.

TheCowThatLaughs Mon 28-Jul-14 14:47:04

I stand outside shouting "have you wiped your arse intimate areas, ds?

callamia Mon 28-Jul-14 14:48:20

Does this mean that not even half if seven year olds shut the toilet door? Crikey.

I've cringed too hard at 'intimate clean routine' - say what you mean for goodness sake.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 28-Jul-14 14:54:43

Mine's 12, and since I potty-trained him I've never asked about his "intimate clean routine", and am never likely to, unless I see skidmarks in the laundry - which I haven't so far. The first day I see skidmarks will also be the last, of course, as he will never hear the end of it otherwise.

puddock Mon 28-Jul-14 15:16:28

"intimate clean routine"? Bleurgh.

They bathe.

We have normal recycled toilet paper, and using it is part of toilet training from the start. I disapprove of "flushable" wipes, v bad for the sewers and the environment. I agree with the Baroness that inadequate bottom-wiping is evident on pants without any need to invade anyone's privacy.

My (toilet-trained) DS2, who's 3, tends to shout a triumphant "I done a poo" from the bathroom. In one tone of voice, this means "so congratulate me and leave me to it", in another tone, it means "and I require bottom-wiping assistance". So that's the only tip I can think of, for the transitional stage before they can, ahem, "take care of themselves in the loo": work out which tone of voice means which.

CheeryName Mon 28-Jul-14 15:18:30

I know they wipe. Because of all the disappearing loo roll. And I know they wash, because they don't smell. Their pants are skid mark free. What a good bunch of bums I have created!

tak1ngchances Mon 28-Jul-14 15:20:08

Andrex you need to sort out your comms big style. "Intimate clean routine"?? Horrible.

PfftTheMagicDraco Mon 28-Jul-14 15:20:31

WTAF is an intimate cleaning routine?

chemenger Mon 28-Jul-14 15:23:16

"Intimate clean routine", is this what the toilet roll aisle in the supermarket is going to be named now - just down from "feminine hygiene".

GobblersKnob Mon 28-Jul-14 15:26:06

Intimate clean routine wtf?

I make sure we have the following

Bog roll - whatever is on special offer -surely no-one has lavatory paper loyalty?



It all seems to be working well so far.

I did take little packs of flushable wipes camping this year and they were a small joy for my piles of a morning,so thanks for that grin

Hakluyt Mon 28-Jul-14 15:28:03

And it really will only be a way of selling us an additional product -wet wipes- which we have managed without perfectly well for ages, and which will block the sewers, suffocate fish and just generally create environmental havoc in the name of solving a problem that we didn't realise we had until a marketing person thought of it.

Hakluyt Mon 28-Jul-14 15:30:01

Just imagine the supermarket aisles- "Intimate Clean Routine" "Feminine Hygiene" "Snacking" "Recipe Sauces".....: God, we're going to hell in a handcart.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 28-Jul-14 15:33:05

surely no-one has lavatory paper loyalty?

I'm pretty loyal to recycled bog roll, mainly because I live in a building with an old plumbing system, and a plumber told me recycled was much much better, as it tends to have shorter fibres and so breaks up in the water much more easily, thus avoiding blockages.

Hakluyt Mon 28-Jul-14 15:38:12

I'm pretty loyal to recycled too- what with me sort of hoping that there'll be some planet left for my grandchildren......

Which is why I am also anti wet wipe. Sorry, Andrex, I know that's what you're pushing here.

ArcheryAnnie Mon 28-Jul-14 15:40:09

Indeed, Hakluyt. It also seems a real waste to use new wood pulp paper to wipe your backside when there is so much recycled paper cheaply and easily available.

GobblersKnob Mon 28-Jul-14 15:49:12

I tend to buy recycled, but I don't care which. For ages nouvelle was always on offer in the coop, but they never seem to gave it anymore.

I keep saying I am going to trial using washable wipes and an old nappy bucket, but have never quite bitten the bullet.

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