Faucet Extender for Kids, DIY

With two toddlers running around, I am always needing to be in two places at once, know the feeling!? One child is always needing to wash their hands either because their hands are an absolute mess (Little Brother) or they discover a speck of dirt on their finger (Big Brother). We bought a stool for our bathrooms so they would be able to wash their own hands, but they still can’t reach the water flow out of the faucet. Ugh!

A few months ago, I saw a fabulous product that I knew would solve all our family’s problems… ok, well maybe not ALL, but I thought it was ingenius! It was a ‘professional’ faucet extender so that little ones could wash their own hands! LOVE IT! However, I could not believe they were charging $15-$20 for a tiny piece of plastic and were not willing to provide one for a review/giveaway…the nerve! So, I made our own! SO EASY, SO CHEAP, SO PERFECT! I know you’re going to love it! :) 

Materials:

  • Dove Liquid Body Wash (travel size) -You could probably use another bottle of similar size and shape!
  • Scissors/ Knife

Directions:

1. Cut out the bottom of the container.

2. Turn container over and cut from the top to bottom along both sides about 2/3 of the way down. Cut across to detach the piece.

3. Pinch the sides close to the bottom to slide on and over your faucet!

4. WALA! You’re done! Keep one in each bathroom for no cost at all! I LOVE that I can keep this on our faucet downstairs in our guest bathroom and when guests come over I can slide it off and tuck it in the drawer!

This is completely a Cheerios and Lattes original, so please link back if you reshare! 

PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  1. Great idea! Can’t wait to come to your house and use this extender!
    MOM

  2. Awesome idea! My kids don’t need that anymore, but I wish I had had that years ago!

  3. So quick and easy! No need to buy one when you can make it. :) I would love for you to share it and others on my new blog hop Frugal “I Did It!” Tuesday. http://offthegridat-30.blogspot.ca/2012/07/frugal-i-did-it-tuesday-2.html

  4. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts today! I will be featuring your project on my round up of party favorites tonight! Please stop back in an grab a Featured at Someday Crafts Button for your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Unbelievable! I have one year old twins, so I’ll be needing this soon. This is one of those things you don’t realize you need but can’t live without! Pinning this for when the boys are able to wash their own hands. Thank you for sharing!

  6. That is a great idea for the little ones!!! Look at you being thrifty and doing it your own way! I love it!!!

  7. Love it Mackenzie!!! Such a smart idea!! Definitely a GENIUS MAMA MOMENT!! :)

    xx m

  8. What a neat idea! And it would save me from hitting my toe on the stool everytime I go into the bathroom! Thanks for linking it up at the Keep Calm & Link Up party :)

  9. This is a great idea but if they cant reach the faucet they cant reach the handles to turn the water on. Do you have any ideas for that or are you just turning the water on and off for them? Id love for our daughter to be able to turn the water on and complete her bathroom routine by herself with me just supervising so she can get used to it, plus she loves showing mommy how shes a big girl :)

    • Amanda- I’ve totally toyed with ideas for this, but haven’t quite come up with the best solution… yet! ;) Big Brother (3) uses a stool to reach far to turn the water on, then he stands comfortably to wash his hands. The problem is when they are straining to actually wash their hands: 1. They don’t get them completely washed and 2. They make a huge mess! So in its entirety Big Brother needs a stool AND the faucet extender. Both together work great!

  10. Great Idea, Mackenzie. I totally need this for S. But like Amanda said, she still can’t reach the handles like K can yet.

  11. Joy Campvell says:

    Thank you so much! I can’t afford a $20 extender and your idea worked well. Can’t wait til my girl gets home so we can test it. Lil brother is still too short. I don’t know how your scissors worked so well. I had to use a utility knife and pull back the plastic on the bottom of the container. Thanks again.

  12. fantastic!! i just made this and only had an aubrey shampoo bottle which was a little hard to get through, but we did it & it works wonderfully!! thank you so much for the great idea! :)

  13. What a clever mama you are! I absolutely LOVE simple ideas like this! Have never seen such a thing before. Pinning.

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