The CDC estimates that if people would routinely wash their hands 1,000,000 deaths per year could be avoided. According to a Harvard Health Publication, lathering up for 15 seconds reduces bacteria by 90%. Add another 15 seconds and that figure reaches 99.9%. How well are your children washing their hands, especially if you are not doing the washing for them? Vincent and Rebecca Trotta have a patent-pending solution that will empower children to wash their own hands and to free up space in the bathroom.
Living in Philadelphia with three children all under the age of six, can be challenging. The narrow, stair-filled home merits good space economy. And while the step stool in the bathroom is necessary for the kiddos, it can also be encumbering for the grown-up’s morning routine. However, this gray area between convenience and inconvenience is precisely what led to collaborations and eventually prototypes of the Whaleywasher.
The Whaleywasher is a whale that washes. Ok, let me provide a little more detail. This product, first of all, is an extension to your bathroom faucet allowing children to wash their hands on their own without requiring a stool. Secondly, it is a whale—or at least the plastic semblance of one. The whale housing has a chamber for liquid soap and at the base of the housing is an aerator pushpin to start and stop the flow of water with a touch.
The Whaleywasher attaches to your sink tap just like any universal water filtration device such as Brita. The faucet can then be set to the appropriate water temperature and pressure. Now, your child cannot blast water all over the counter with excessive pressure or burn his or her hands with the hot water. The Whaleywasher provides a controlled water and soap release literally at the fingertips of your youngster—no stool required. You can back this project for as little as $25 on their Kickstarter campaign page and expect your own Whaleywasher to arrive in September.
When I spoke with Vincent it was clear that he and his wife had given a lot of thought and due diligence towards this product. It helps children, relieves parents of kid hand washing duty, saves space, and avoids messes. The product also has a lot of legs—product extensions. Whaley—the whale for which the product is named— will soon have friends introduced into the product line. Already, there are plans for a pink version of Whaley. Also in consideration are objects such as sports balls and/or mascots.
The natural retail path to peruse for the Whaleywasher would be Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby, but the Trottas have some non-traditional outlets in mind too. One that particularly caught my attention was Disney World. “Imagine kids using the Whaleywasher all week and upon leaving decide they have to have one at home. So the parent goes down to the gift shop and picks one up.” Of course, Disney would license the design and substitute the whale for a variety of their Disney characters.
For right now, the Trottas are focusing on the core business—getting Whaley used to the water! What a solid POP!