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Greta Houlahan
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Email: houlahan@nsf.org

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Scrub Club® Handwashing Fact Sheet


The Issue at “Hand”

  • Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness, but that number could be considerably reduced with proper handwashing.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76 million Americans get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 people die from foodborne illnesses each year.

  • Some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes to two hours or more on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs and desks.

  • According to the CDC, the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to each other is to wash our hands.

    Six Steps to Proper Handwashing


    To teach children proper handwashing and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, the Scrub Club® kids each represent one of the six steps of the handwashing process:

    Step 1: Wash with warm water. “Hot Shot” and “Chill” turn into hot and cold faucets and then combine to make warm water, which is essential for proper handwashing.

    Step 2: Apply soap — bar or pump soap are both fine. “Squeaks” can transform into various forms of soap, from bars of all sizes to pumps of all kinds.

    Step 3: Wash for a full 20 seconds, rubbing hands together to lather soap. “Taki” becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for thorough handwashing.

    Step 4: Clean around your fingernails. Use a scrub brush if available. “Scruff” reminds kids that hands aren’t clean until the nails are clean.

    Step 5: Rinse away soap with warm water. “Tank” turns into a sink and serves as a reminder to rinse away germs.

    Step 6: Dry with paper towels or warm air dryer. “P.T.” transforms herself into paper towels.

    To learn more about handwashing, the germs and bacteria that can cause illness and the Scrub Club®, visit the Web site at www.scrubclub.org.

    Scrub Club® and Scrub Club characters are copyright 2004 NSF International.

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    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.