Ways to Wash and Disinfect Your Medical Scrubs
The medical industry is famously intense
and grueling. It's tough to take care of the public's health needs, and nearly
every task is incredibly important to helping people get healthy. But the
medical industry is also famously tough on people's scrubs.
Medical scrubs are necessary for
protecting the safety of nurses, physicians, laboratory technicians, and
virtually anyone else who works in a medical clinic or facility. So you need to
ensure that your scrubs are always in top condition.
What happens if they get dirty--or worse,
become contaminated with all manner of filth? Here's a simple guide to washing
your scrubs properly, and even disinfecting them.
Wash your scrubs in cold water. This may
surprise some people. Many healthcare workers choose to wash scrubs in hot
water, believing that this will always disinfect them. But the best way to wash
your scrubs is to turn them inside-out, wash them in cold water, and dry them
immediately. This washing method protects the fabric from fading and other signs
of wear and tear. If your scrubs become damaged, your supervisors may insist
that you change out of them, rendering a whole set of scrubs useless. Also, hot
water can actually make stains set more easily.
Use a tumble dryer on the lowest setting
for as long as it takes to get your scrubs dry. Don't leave them wet. Also,
don't wear scrubs if they're slightly damp.
Wash your scrubs daily, and don't reuse
them without putting them through a wash and dry cycle. You should have at
least one extra set of scrubs in case of damage, or, more realistically, if
you're getting ready for work and realize that you forgot to wash your uniform.
Some people even prefer to keep a set of scrubs for each day of the work week.
What about those cases when the unthinkable
happens: your scrubs become dirty due to exposure to a contaminant, like
patient fluids, laboratory chemicals, hard-to-remove food stains, or other
messes? Depending on the source of the mess, it's important to wash your scrubs
immediately to prevent the spread of viruses or bacteria.
First, start by adding white vinegar to
the water during an ordinary wash cycle. This will soften the fabric and also
neutralize many contaminants. If you have the advantage of white scrubs, add
bleach for simple and thorough disinfection. If not, add pine oil to the wash
cycle. Pine oil is naturally disinfecting. Wear gloves when handling
There are some important ways that you
can keep your scrubs safe. Avoid eating messy meals in your scrubs. Place a
napkin on your lap, or change out of your scrubs before having meals--the
latter is a strong recommendation for those who work directly with patients.
Use pocket guards if you have a habit of
keeping pens and other messy tools in your scrubs pockets. Also, wear
additional protection when necessary. If you're handling patient fluids,
cleaning up after a patient, or otherwise risk contamination, wear gloves and
other protective gear.
It's also important to know when it's
time to just visit a scrub shop and replace a ruined set. If you're wondering,
"Where can I find scrub shops near me?" the start with Raley Scrubs.
We're one of the best
scrub shops in Tulsa, OK
, but we also ship free for online orders around the US. Visit our
online store to find the best selection of scrubs anywhere.