NSF Scrub Club

September 16, 2008

Rebecca Herbst
Phone: +1.612.215.9828

Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: +1.734.913.5723

Seven Soaper-Heroes Search for the Cleanest Hands in America's Classrooms

Scrub Club® Web Site Encourages Proper Handwashing with Classroom Curriculum

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Scrub Club's seven Soaper-Heroes are challenging elementary teachers and students across the country to lather up and demonstrate their best handwashing habits. On Tuesday, September 16th, the search for the cleanest hands in America's classrooms will begin. Created by NSF International, the Scrub Club® is a fun, animated and interactive Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands.

"It is estimated that more than 164 million school days are lost each year due to illness," says Anna Schmitt-Reichert, NSF International Director of Communications. "Our hope is that the Clean Hands Game will help instill proper handwashing habits as we head into the cold and flu season."

Educators are encouraged to download the weekly handwashing charts at to track how many times each student washes his or her hands. The free Web site also features activities for kids, including an interactive Webisode about the Soaper-Heroes and their battle against harmful germs and bacteria. Educational materials (in French, Spanish and English) for teachers, as well as information for parents are also available.

Teachers can submit their handwashing results by fax, mail or online by November 15th, 2008. All participants will receive a Scrub Club® Clean Hands Certificate and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the ten gift cards for classroom supplies. For complete rules and prize details, click here .

About the Scrub Club®
NSF's Scrub Club®, launched in 2004, is a series of Web-based, interactive resources designed to teach children proper handwashing techniques and hygiene habits. Each of the Scrub Club® Soaper-Heroes represents one of the six steps in the handwashing process - "Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make warm water essential for proper handwashing; "Squeaks" turns into various forms of soap; "Taki" becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for proper handwashing; "Scruff" reminds kids to clean around their nails; "Tank" turns into a sink to rinse away the germs; and "P.T. " transforms into paper towels. The free Web site includes activities for kids, educational materials for teachers, as well as information for parents. Interactive games "Stop Fluin' Around" and "Big E's Grossest Hits" teach kids how to protect themselves from Influenza and E. coli. The cornerstone of the Web site is a Webisode or cartoon featuring the Scrub Club® as they join forces to fight off harmful germs and bacteria, teaching children the proper way to wash their hands along the way. The first Webisode, "The Good, the BAC, and the Ugly," finds the Scrub Club® battling the loathsome, but loveable character BAC (from the Partnership for Food Safety Education's Fight BAC! public education campaign), and one of his partners in "grime" Sal Monella in a wild-west themed adventure. For additional information, visit

About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

Scrub Club® and Scrub Club characters are copyright 2007 NSF International.
"BAC" character copyright 2006 The Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Please distribute Scrub Club® materials freely in classrooms, publications, etc.,
provided that credit is given to NSF International.