Saturday, April 12, 2014

Teacher Problem #29423: Hanitizer

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Y'all, I don't know about you, but hanitizer has almost become part of my vocabulary.  For those of you that don't know what it is, it is the words hand sanitizer put into one, hanitizer.  It is so adorable when someone so small asks for it ever so innocently, but really, how do such small hands use so much hand sanitizer so quickly!?

Well, part of the problem is that the bottles are made for grown up size pumps, and even that is too much.  Teaching little ones to "just push down a little" is very difficult for those with weak fine motor skills, and it is also difficult to get away from the kids who think that it TASTES and SMELLS so good.. YUCK!

I have solved this problem in my classroom with a simple rubber band.  Yup, that is really all you need to get enough sanitizer into your students hands and they can even do it themselves!  Place the rubber band around the neck of the pump, and it will only go down about a quarter of the way, it give your students the perfect amount.

Now bottles of sanitizer are lasting much longer in my classroom, and there is much less waste, which makes everyone happy!

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  1. Lydia, I had trouble finding your post; in the link, there is no dot before the com. I'm glad I persisted - this is a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much for telling me, the problem has hopefully been fixed, I had no idea!

  2. I just did this to my bottle this week! It is an amazing idea!
    Teaching Ever After

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  4. Lydia, I don't have a sink in my boy's bathroom, so they do have to use hanitizer. And they ALWAYS use too much. This is a great idea!

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    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  5. This is so simply smart. Thank you. I run a computer lab where students must use hand sanitizer before using the computer and this is about to save me so much money.

    Technically A Media Specialist