The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Low-Tech Toys

I’m already looking ahead to Christmas and thinking about what kind of toys I’m going to buy my son this year. I’m really leaning towards going low-tech for a change, which means no Nintendo DS games, no motorized dolls like Tickle Me Elmo — in short, nothing that requires a battery or has a built in WiFi connection.

I would love for my son to discover the low-tech toys that I grew up with. For example, he has never experienced the joy of putting together a jigsaw puzzle or the delight of assembling and flying a balsa wood airplane. It seems that all my son ever does these days is play video games, and now he’s getting interested in my computer, so I want to open his eyes to some simple toys that can be just as fun as anything else he has.

I’ll probably cave in and buy at least one DS cartridge, but I’m going to try to get my son to play with the other stuff first.

Think this plan will work?

Germ-X Hand Sanitizer

GermX As the parent of an active child, I’ve learned that I have to carry around lots of extra items in my purse — just in case. I’m talking about things like Band-Aids, tissue packs, wet wipes, and, of course, Germ-X antibacterial hand sanitizer. Whenever we go anywhere, I’m sure to use at least one product out of the bunch I just listed, and it’s usually the Germ-X.

In case you’ve never used this product before, I’ll tell you a bit about it. Germ-X is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that you simply rub on your hands and then let air dry. It’s marketed as a product that you can use when soap and water aren’t available, and as such, it comes in handy sizes. I carry around a 2oz. bottle in my purse, which I refill from a 15oz economy size bottle.

I know that there’s been a lot of controversy over whether or not these waterless hand cleaners actually kill 99.99% of bacteria as they claim, but I’m not really worried about that. I rarely use Germ-X alone, so it doesn’t matter anyway. Usually, I’ll get my son into the bathroom, wash his hands with soap, and then add a little Germ-X for good measure.

Overall, I find Germ-X to be a very convenient product. It’s great when we go shopping because our trips to the store are usually followed by lunch at McDonald’s or an ice cream cone from Baskin-Robbins. I always cringe at the thought of all the germs on the shopping cart handles, so Germ-X does a lot to restore my peace of mind.

And no, I have no way of knowing for if the product really works, but I like to think it does! My hands sure feel cleaner after I use Germ-X and that’s good enough for me. Besides, if I’m really in doubt as to what kind of germs I’ve come in contact with (like if I’ve touched raw meat or poultry), there’s no way I’d just use hand sanitizer alone. I’d definitely find some soap and water in those cases!

At any rate, Germ-X is great to carry around in your purse and is a must if you have kids. Give it a try!