The Health Department is closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.
'Wash Your Hands' spelled out in bacteria colonies on individual petri dishes. Text beneath reads: These are germs from unwashed hands. Dirty hands spread disease. Gross. Wash them.'

Everyone can prevent the spread of germs!

Proper handwashing is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and diseases.

Proper Handwashing: Do you know the six important handwashing steps?

Handwashing education materials

Resources to help teach kids about the importance of handwashing:

Children's Activities

Operation Suds are classroom based activities to teach children about handwashing. Materials are available for check out. They are designed for grades K-5. In 45 minutes, students will learn what germs are, where germs hide and when and how to wash hands.

Activities consist of:

  • A brief discussion about the importance of handwashing.
  • A short animated video.
  • A special black light activity to test handwashing.

To reserve Operation Suds materials please call (253) 798-6460.

Super Scrub and Bubbles

These grime-fighting characters make handwashing fun.

Wash Your Hands—for middle and high school students.

We designed a flexible lesson plan with and for middle and high school students. It can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks, depending on how much time you have. It teaches experimental design and how to write a lab report.

Please call (253) 798-6460 for free stickers. You can also download these free materials:

Handwashing Trailer

We have two handwashing trailers for public events, free of charge. There is a fee for private events.


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