Ds is 11 yo, newly diagnosed (9/18/13). We have been advised to wash hands or use alcohol before testing bg. Have read alcohol can toughen skin so was trying soap and water. (His hands do get quite dirty.) Discovered that many liquid soaps have glucose in them. Sugar helps support the lather. If you don't rinse well, it can affect the readings, I've been told by a T1D lifer (40 yrs). Don't know if true, but that's what she said. So, I got soap without glucose in it, but ds's knuckles are raw! His sensitive skin can't take all the washing. I asked him to just wash the end of his fingertips, and that is helping. Wondering if anyone 1. thinks the glucose (or glucoside) can affect readings, 2. know of a gentle soap that won't cause dried out skin? At night, I'm just using a wet washrag. Or, should we wipe the first drop and use the second (he clots fast).