NSF Scrub Club

November 09, 2006

Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: +1.734.913.5723

The Scrub Club® Offers New Handwashing Materials in Spanish

ANN ARBOR, MI – NSF International today announced that it has enhanced its Scrub Club® website for kids ( by providing handwashing information in Spanish.

Proper handwashing is one of the most effective ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which notes that 164 million school days are lost to illness each year.  In response to mounting school sick days, NSF created the free Scrub Club® website ( as a fun and educational tool that parents and teachers can use to teach kids the six steps of proper handwashing to counter illness.

"The addition of Spanish language information is an important milestone for the Scrub Club," said Jerry Bowman, senior director of communications at NSF International, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes public health standards. "By providing materials in other languages, we hope to get the message out to even more families about how proper handwashing can help reduce the spread of illness, especially with cold and flu season fast approaching."

The newly translated materials include:

  • The "Six Steps to Handwashing Poster" featuring the Scrub Club® kids demonstrating the proper steps to washing hands
  • Posters of the Scrub Club® kids and the "villains" they fight, including Influenza Enzo
  • A collection of drawings for young children to color and post in their classroom or at home
  • A teacher’s guide with suggested lessons that teachers can conduct in the classroom to reinforce proper handwashing
  • The Handango handwashing game

The website is a truly interactive, Web-based experience—complete with music, games and cartoon "webisodes" featuring loveable characters. Each of the Scrub Club "soaperheroes" represents one of the six steps in the handwashing process: "Hot Shot" and "Chill" combine to make the 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.

Interactive games, activities for kids to download, educational materials for teachers, program information for parents and tips and activities for the home not only enhance the educational value of the site but also make it fun for kids to return to the site time and again.

With the cold and flu season just around the corner, NSF is also unveiling the latest hero to the rescue to help kids avoid illness.  Kids and families can now log on to to get to know GEL-MO™, a gel-based sanitizer character that morphs into a variety of shapes to counter the dirty deeds of Influenza Enzo and his henchman—Sniffles, Hack and Sweats. 

View Press Release in Spanish

About NSF International:
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air 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, Ltd., 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.