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Dial For Kids

By David Lynch

This box seems kind of plain for a kid's soap. Our digital unfoldment picture includes samples of Power Purple and Screamin' Strawberry.


I recently purchased four bars of Wild Fruits n' Berries Scented Dial For Kids antibacterial soap from my local Kroger. The bars weigh 3 oz each, and are pediatrician tested. The bars each come in a separate box, which is slightly smaller then a cassette box, but as thick as two cassette tape boxes. The boxes are color-coded to match the hue of the soap contained inside, with aquatic patterns printed upon them. the boxes are held together with a sticky label completely covering the top of the box. the label is brightly colored in blues, pinks, and greens with various undersea denizens smattered across it. It features the Dial logo in bright yellow letters, with "for kids" written next to it in a childlike scrawl. "For" is written in pink, the "k" is written in green, the "i" is written in yellow, the "d" is written in pink, and the "s" is written in light blue.

The variety of Dial for Kids I have chosen to review today is Clean Green, as opposed to Power Purple or Screamin' Strawberry. The box for Clean Green Dial is light green with dark green sea horse printed on it. The top and sides are devoid of printing, but the flaps intended for opening have the Dial for Kids logo printed on it, as well as "Clean Green" in a wavy pattern to simulate the motion of the ocean. Correction: "Not Packaged for Individual Sale" is printed on the back of the box. All in all, the box isn't very impressive.

The soap itself is a very light green, with a very unusual shape. It's similar to the shape of Zest, but it seems smaller, and the bottom is curved inwards to correspond with the shape of one's arms and legs. I was somewhat impressed by this, and found it convenient when washing. The Dial logo is inset on the top of the soap in lower case letters. The soap smells very much like Pixie Stix, the confectionary delight of children everywhere. BUT Dial for Kids tastes just as putrid as any other soap, and poisonous to those of us hopelessly addicted water, and not good for eating. The odor is quite alluring.

All that was left was the field test. I wrote "MEATLOAF" on my hand with a black ink pen. I was amazed to find that it took a full 2 minutes and 23 seconds to completely remove the ink from my hand. That's much more time then it took to wash off ink with Lava or Neutrogena. I was saddened by this failure. There is no way to test its antibacterial prowess in my own home, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The soap does work up a very nice lather, however.

So all in all, I was very pleased with the aesthetics, but was sorely disappointed with its cleaning abilities. I'm not sure I would even recommend it for children, as the odor could entice them into eating the soap without proper training. In addition, children tend to get dirtier than adults, so they'd want a much more powerful soap. I guess it's a good training soap, but I wouldn't recommend it as anything more than a novelty soap. Maybe Power Purple or Screamin' Strawberry are better, but I have my doubts.

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