Monday, 14 December 2015

Care For Your Bear: A Campaign From Dettol

As a mom, you spend a lot of time keeping your toddler clean. Jack gets messy so many times during the day. Whether its through putting food in his hair, through messy play or outdoor fun - if there is a way to get messy, Jack will no doubt find it.
 
I was recently sent some information from Dettol's Care for Your Bear Campaign which highlighted the importance of keeping your child's soft toys clean to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. The information shocked me.
 
New laboratory research by Dettol has revealed that a child's soft toy/teddy has the highest levels of bacteria in the family laundry basket. 3/4 teddies do not get washed after a child has been ill and 1/5 have never been washed at all!
 
I spend so much time trying to keep Jack away from germs and keep him healthy. Whilst I hoover, clean and wash Jack's clothes, I never considered that so many germs could be on his teddy bear. The information below really surprised me. In particular the fact that 25% of teddy bears contained bacteria linked to faeces and 66% of teddies contained Staphylococcus Aureus which is linked to food poisoning and skin infections.
 

The Dettol Care For Your Bear Campaign, supported by Hygiene expert Lisa Ackerley, aims to raise awareness of the germs and bacteria found on teddies and soft toys whilst also helping you prevent it.

The Dettol Care for Your Bear Guide (shown below) has some helpful tips on how to keep your child's teddies clean. One of their tips really caught my eye. They suggest washing your teddy bears separately to avoid cross contamination. This is something I hadn't even considered doing. On the occasions where I have washed Jack's teddies, I have usually just put them in with other items.


 
 
Alongside the information regarding Dettol's Care For Your Bear Campaign, I was also sent a bottle of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser. 
 


When you wash clothing at a temperature of below 60 degrees Celsius, bacteria can survive in your washing machine and on your clothes. Working alongside your usual detergent, Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria. All you need to do is add two capfuls to the fabric softener drawer of your washing machine.
 
If you want to join in with this campaign, then all you need to do is head over to Dettol's Twitter Page @dettolteddy and share a picture of your child's favourite teddy bear with #careforyourbear. Entrants will automatically be in with a chance of winning a Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser.

DISCLAIMER - I was sent this item for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
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