Scrub Bugs

Children's Hand Scrubber

Squeaky Clean

This children’s hand scrubber was inspired by the tools surgeons use to wash up. It was designed by a mom determined to fight back against her children’s constant colds.

Scrub Bugs are, firstly, adorable. The sweet, buggy design will appeal to little kids. The soft sponge and bristles combination gets hands cleaner than using just soap and water, because Scrub Bugs have an innovative hand washing surface. It creates a better
lather and a gentle yet targeted friction while scrubbing that gets into skin's contours and grooves. The shape is ergonomic to fit little hands, and it stands up on its end to air dry—which is cleaner than sitting on the counter.

Founder Kelly Stewart had had enough with her kids continually battling colds and other illnesses, and she knew that stopping them from touching potentially icky things wasn’t a solid plan of attack. So she created a playful method to make them better hand washers. Cleaner hands can make for healthier kids, which will in turn make everyone happier.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kelly

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Scrub Bugs to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Melissa
    12/20/2016 10:21 AM

    Wow this is so cute! I have a 3 year old and he's just beginning to get good at hand washing. How much better is this than just good old soap and water?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:10 AM

    @Melissa Hi Melissa - Thanks for the question. In the testing we have done, Scrub Bugs are proven to clean kids hands over 3X better than washing with just soap and water. That's because they create more friction on kids hands and the bristles easily get into little creases and under nails which are areas often missed. Plus, kids wash longer with Scrub Bugs since they make hand washing more fun.

  • Brandy
    12/20/2016 10:43 AM

    Do you think that these would work in a daycare setting or would multiple children touching the bug itself while hand washing perpetuate germs?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:13 AM

    @Brandy Hi Brandy - Good question. It is recommended that Scrub Bugs are used individually. We have had daycares order them for group use and the feedback has been great; however it is not the ideal use of the product.

  • Melissa
    12/20/2016 10:52 AM

    Hi! These are so cute! My 3 year old is just getting to be better about hand washing. If he's using soap, how much more clean can this really get his hands?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:15 AM

    @Melissa Hi Melissa - See answer above.

  • Karin
    12/20/2016 10:55 AM

    What a GREAT idea! I needed you 50 years ago!!

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:16 AM

    @Karin Thanks Karin. It is never too late. We have had some adults buy them for their own use too. :)

  • Melissa
    12/20/2016 10:55 AM

    Does this clean as well as a hand sanitizer? I hate the chemicals in those, but if one of my babies gets sick, I do resort to those (though I hate to admit it).

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:23 AM

    @Melissa We get this question a lot. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) prefers hand washing to alcohol-based hand sanitizers whenever possible. The friction created when washing hands with Scrub Bugs specifically removes dirt and germs more effectively than simply rubbing hands together with hand sanitizer. In addition to having unwanted chemicals, hand sanitizers also just cover up dirt vs. removing it and they don't remove all types of germs.

  • mara
    12/20/2016 11:06 AM

    Is it bad to remove TOOmany germs?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:30 AM

    @mara Great question. Some germs that live on our skin are considered to be good for our health in that they may prevent the growth of "bad" bacteria; however since Scrub Bugs use is limited to the hands the overall bacterial balance in the body is not impacted. Using Scrub Bugs helps keep kids healthier by empowering kids to do a much better job washing their hands (which are the #1 carriers of sickness causing germs).

  • Jennifer
    12/20/2016 11:14 AM

    How do you clean it? Is it dishwasher safe?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:38 AM

    @Jennifer Scrub Bugs can be cleaned the all natural way by soaking the sponge area in white vinegar. It is recommended for optimal results that you replace your Scrub Bug every 3-4 months (similar to how you replace a toothbrush). The product is not dishwasher safe at this time; however we can certainly look into this in the future.

  • Tsehaynesh
    12/20/2016 11:35 AM

    Great idea! How should the Scrub Bug be cleaned, and how often should it be cleaned? Thanks!

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:55 AM

    @Tsehaynesh Another good question. By nature of using soap while washing your hands, Scrub Bugs always have a certain level of clean. Unlike kitchen sponges they are not exposed to lots of food and grime that can get stuck in a sponge. That being said, the best way to ensure your Scrub Bug stays the cleanest it can be is to squeeze the excess water out of the sponge and stand the Scrub Bug up on its end after washing for faster drying. We specifically added this stand up feature to ensure hygienic drying. You can also soak your Scrub Bug in white vinegar to clean it the all natural way. Last but not least, we recommend you replace your Scrub Bug every 3-4 months for optimal performance (just as you would your toothbrush).

    12/20/2016 11:42 AM

    Any plans for a ladybug ??

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 11:56 AM

    @RICHARD We don't yet have a ladybug in the works, but I can tell you that it is the #1 requested future version so we should get working on it. :)

  • William
    12/20/2016 11:43 AM

    What age group is this recommended for? Thanks.

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 12:02 PM

    @William Scrub Bugs are recommended for use by kids ages 3 and up. There are plenty of adults who could benefit by using one too. :) Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorses hand washing in kids as early as 2 years, it is not until 3 years of age that a child would likely have the dexterity needed to use a Scrub Bug. Kids younger than 3 years of age may need the help of an adult to use the product effectively.

  • Lauren
    12/20/2016 12:55 PM

    Can it also be used for under-nail grime?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    12/20/2016 1:06 PM

    @Lauren I am glad you asked this since under nails is an often missed area where germs love to hang out. Yes ... Scrub Bugs are great for under nails. The bristles on the Scrub Bug are not only for general washing, but also for nails. Kids just rub their nails back and forth across the bristles while they are washing just like they would on a nail brush. It's even better than a nail brush since kids use Scrub Bugs with soap and they typically wouldn't put soap on a nail brush.

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