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A revolution in hand washing allows adults to preset water flow & temperature, making hand washing safe, fun & easy for kids!
A revolution in hand washing allows adults to preset water flow & temperature, making hand washing safe, fun & easy for kids!
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The world's first combination faucet extender and soap dispenser allows adults to preset water flow and temperature, making hand washing safe, fun and easy for children.  Children feel confident and look forward to washing their hands with the Whaleywasher. Clean healthy hands are within your child’s reach!

Benefits of the Whaleywasher:

Children no longer need adults to turn the water on and off. With the Whaleywasher children have direct access to both soap and water.
Children no longer need adults to turn the water on and off. With the Whaleywasher children have direct access to both soap and water.
The Whaleywasher connects to your faucet in minutes
The Whaleywasher connects to your faucet in minutes
The Whaleywasher is made from high quality material and will NOT leak!
The Whaleywasher is made from high quality material and will NOT leak!
The Whaleywasher is FUN
The Whaleywasher is FUN
The Whaleywasher is SAFE...unlike the alternative
The Whaleywasher is SAFE...unlike the alternative
The Whaleywasher makes basic tasks like getting a glass of water simple and easy for any child... adults no longer need to turn on the water
The Whaleywasher makes basic tasks like getting a glass of water simple and easy for any child... adults no longer need to turn on the water
The Whaleywasher makes brushing easy
The Whaleywasher makes brushing easy
The Whaleywasher also contains soap
The Whaleywasher also contains soap
The Whaleywasher can be used both inside and outside
The Whaleywasher can be used both inside and outside
The Whaleywasher has been tested with parents
The Whaleywasher has been tested with parents
The Whaleywasher has been tested with kids of all ages
The Whaleywasher has been tested with kids of all ages
The Whaleywasher makes life less hectic for busy parents
The Whaleywasher makes life less hectic for busy parents
    The Dirty Details - when creating the Whaleywasher, it was important that the following criteria were met:
  • Appealing to children
  • Safe for children to use (Materials used are BPA, PVC, and Phthalates free)
  • Durable (so it could withstand the constant use of my 3 children)
  • Affordable for parents (parents spend a lot of money on products to try to improve the quality of life for their children and themselves)
  • Effective in ensuring access to both soap and water (only putting water within reach, but not soap, would only accomplish half the problem in ensuring effective hand washing)
  • Overall design would allow for multiple character options beyond the initial whale representation

The Beauty of This Product vs. the Alternatives

What we love the most about this design is the functionality. It combines the two most important elements of hand washing, soap and water, into a single solution. It frees up counter space by eliminating the need for a soap dispenser. It also frees up floor space taken up by large, bulky step stools. No other comparable product to the Whaleywasher exists!

The Importance of Hand Washing:

Rewards simplified!

You can back our project for as little as $1, but for $5 and above your pledge gets you the following:

  • $5 or more = The Whaleywasher ‘steps to washing your hands poster’
  • $10 or more = The Whaleywasher hand washing reward chart and sticker chart
  • $35 or more = (1) one blue Whaleywasher *INCLUDES US SHIPPING 
  • $60 or more = (2) two blue Whaleywashers *INCLUDES US SHIPPING 
  • $250 or more = (2) two blue Whaleywashers, plus we will post a  picture of your child using the Whaleywasher on our website *INCLUDES US SHIPPING
  • $2,500 or more = join us in Las Vegas at the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas

The Whale Tail :)

My name is Rebecca and I am a busy mom of three. I have two boys ages 6 and 4, and a girl going on 2.I also have a PhD in nursing research and practice at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. In health care, hand washing has been, and continues to be, a major initiative.So getting my children to wash their hands sounds like a no-brainer, right? If only it were that easy.Helping my children wash their hands is more like a circus act than simple process, mainly because they are just too small to reach the faucet. Even with a step stool, it’s a challenge. What’s more frustrating is that they want to be independent and do it themselves. Invariably, I end up hoisting them up so that they can turn on the faucet, reach the soap, and also reach the water. Now repeat this process multiple times a day. Translation?  DISASTER!

An Easier Way….Despite my desperate search, I couldn’t find anything to help me. So, with help from my husband, I invented the Whaleywasher. Thanks to the Whaleywasher, children feel confident and look forward to washing their hands.

To date we have personally financed the following:

  • Intellectual Property (Patent pending)
  • Name, Logo, Trademarks
  • Website
  • Prototypes

We will use the monies raised on Kickstarter for:

  • Molds
  • Initial MOQ
  • Testing, certification, etc.
Whaleywasher faucet extender & soap dispenser
Whaleywasher faucet extender & soap dispenser
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About the Creators:

My name is Rebecca Trotta, and I am a busy mom of three. I also have a PhD in nursing research from the University of Pennsylvania and practice at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. I have professional experience in health care, particularly in nursing and geriatrics. My knowledge and experience is directly applicable to healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and medical device industries.

My name is Vinny Trotta, and I am a busy father of three. I have diverse experience with large Fortune 500 and venture based start-ups. I have held a variety of leadership, direct sales and marketing positions. In addition, I possess hands on experience launching new product offerings via successful Go-to-Market campaigns. I am known for my entrepreneurial vision and integrity.

The creators - Rebecca, Vinny and family
The creators - Rebecca, Vinny and family

Special Thanks or As We Like to Say “Spout Outs” to:

  • Our Family, Friends, and the many great and helpful people we met along the way
  • Our manufacturing team, specifically Gary and Ailist
  • John A for creating a solid video production 
The Whaleywasher is a patent pending revolution in hand washing. Designed for independence, this combination soap dispenser and faucet extender allows adults to preset water flow and temperature, making hand washing safe and easy for children. The character design also makes handwashing fun. Children feel confident and look forward to washing their hands. With the whaleywasher, clean healthy hands are within your child’s reach!

Risks and challenges

Summing it All Up

Over the past year and a half, we have completed three rounds of prototyping. With help from our prototyping company, manufacturer, various business advisors, friends, family, complete strangers, and others who have gone before us on Kickstarter, we’ve created an innovative product. We feel great about the team that we have assembled and where we are in the process.

About our manufacturing partner...After carefully reviewing our options and checking references, we are happy to work with a company that produces quality products and sustainable results. Our partner is of high integrity, with over 21 years experience meeting and exceeding expectations of small and mid-sized companies. They provide us with product management, development, and manufacturing support. They also advise and mentor us around sales, marketing, and distribution. They possess specific expertise in the areas most import in ensuring the Whaleywasher's success:

• Rapid Prototyping
• Plastics: injection, compression, extrusion, blo, dip rotational, thermoforming, shrink
• Tooling: molds & dies

Net / Net = all of hard work has resulted in a “pre - production prototype”

Projected sequence of events:

• Weeks 1 – 5 = Mold Fabrication
• Week 6 = Mold Trial & Sample Verification
• Week 7 = Production Sampling
• Weeks 8 – 9 = Run Production
• Weeks 10 – 14 = Shipment to Warehouse & US Customs
• Weeks 15 – 16 = Fulfill order and ship to customers

Lastly, both Rebecca and I have a long history of driving projects to completion on time and on budget. We are laser focused and results driven. In addition, we are open, honest, and proactive communicators. We will always answer questions in a timely manner.

Please help us 'reach' our goals so children everywhere can start washing.

Without your support, this would not be possible.

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    The whaleywasher 'steps to washing your hands' poster, ensuring proper hand washing technique.

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    For $10 you will receive a super cute hand washing reward chart and Whaleywasher sticker set, recognizing your little one's accomplishments.

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    THE FINBACK SPECIAL: The Finback whale aka Balaenoptera physalus is the second largest whale in the world, reaching lengths of 70-90 feet for adults. They are one of the fastest baleen whales offshore and are often referred to as the “greyhounds of the ocean”. If you want one blue Whaleywasher at this price, swim like a Finback. * Add $5 for the outdoor spigot connector. Inside connectors included.

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    THE TOOTHED WHALE: Whales breathe via blowholes; baleen whales have two and toothed whales have one....for $35 you get the "toothed whale" package, including one blue Whaleywasher. * Add $10 to your pledge and receive a 'steps to washing your hands' poster and a reward chart with sticker set. ** Add $5 for the outdoor spigot connector. Inside connectors included.

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    BALEEN WHALE POD: Whales breathe via blowholes; baleen whales have two and toothed whales have one...for $60 you get the "baleen whale" package, including two blue Whaleywashers. * Add $15 to your pledge and receive two 'steps to washing your hands' posters and two reward charts with sticker sets. ** Add $5 for the outdoor spigot connector. Inside connectors included.

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    SPOUT OUT: The Baleen Whale Pod reward plus a special "Spout Out - Thank You!" and we will add a picture of your little one using The Whaleywasher on our website. Add $15 to your pledge and receive two 'steps to washing your hands' posters and two reward charts with sticker sets. ** Add $5 for the outdoor spigot connector. Inside connectors included.

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    CREATIVE PACKAGE: The Spout Out reward, plus the opportunity to be a part of the creative process, and help us create Whaley's next friend. In addition, receive two 'steps to washing your hands' posters, two rewards sticker set. Add $15 to your pledge and receive two 'steps to washing your hands' posters and two reward charts with sticker sets. ** Add $5 for the outdoor spigot connector. Inside connectors included.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    JOIN THE TEAM & PARTY PACKAGE: Join us at the 2014 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. We invite you and one guest to join us at the Expo, and help us “spout” about the whaleywasher. We will cover first class transportation to and from the airport, three days & two nights at a five star hotel, and a fun night out on the town. This package also includes all the benefits of the Baleen Whale package. Flights not included.

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