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Welcome to the Scrub Club®

Each year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness , which could be greatly reduced with proper handwashing. That’s why NSF International created the Scrub Club® – to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing and ultimately improve the health of children and reduce school sick days. The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) has partnered with NSF on this groundbreaking initiative.

Scrub Club® to the Rescue

Launched in 2007, The Scrub Club® was the first of its kind – a fun, interactive and educational website that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site features games, music and activities for kids, and educational materials for teachers and resources for parents.

Cast of Characters

The Scrub Club® is a group of seven kids and Ship-Shape, the mysterious but lovable leader who watches over the hands of the world’s children from his bubble telescope – that join forces to fight off harmful germs and bacteria, teaching children the proper handwashing process along the way.

Each of the Scrub Club® kids represents one of the six steps of the handwashing process. Meet the Scrub Club®.

Note: The Scrub Club® is designed for children who are 3 to 8 years old. Children in this age range are at different cognitive and developmental levels. To emphasize the importance of personal hygiene, NSF recommends that parents and educators aid in the educational process by viewing the Scrub Club® website with young children. Older school-age children will be able to navigate through the site with more autonomy so they can truly benefit from the fun and informative learning experiences.


Decrease Missed School Days

Every year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness. It is believed that a great number of these days could be reduced solely by children washing their hands properly and regularly.

Source: "Vital Health and Statistics, Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1995" (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, 1998).

Improve Health of Children

A study of 305 school children found that youngsters who washed their hands four times a day had 24% fewer sick days due to respiratory illness and 51% fewer days due to upset stomach.

Source: Reuters NewsMedia,

Save Money for Schools

School absences resulting from sick students and teachers are more than just disruptive, they can be expensive, too. Schools need to pay substitutes when teachers are sick and teachers need to spend extra time and resources helping sick students catch up. Parents are also affected because of lost work days and additional health care expenses due to having a child sick at home. With school district budgets as tight as they are these days, it makes financial sense to significantly limit days missed due to avoidable illnesses.