Keep your nursing scrubs in great shape with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Nursing scrubs are part of the required uniform in the medical field. Through every day wear and tear, scrubs can wear out, especially when you’re putting in double shifts. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can keep your nursing scrubs in great shape.
1. Pre-treat Your Nursing Scrubs
When you buy new nursing scrubs, you need to pre-treat them. Scrubs need to be disinfected after every time you wear them, so they’re bound to fade. By pre-treating your scrubs, you can set the color and prevent fading. To pre-treat your scrubs, wash them in cold water with half a cup of vinegar. The vinegar will disinfect the scrubs, as well as prevent fading.
2. Only Wear Your Scrubs at Work
While it may be easier to throw on your scrubs and head out the door for work, you’ll make them last longer by only wearing them at work. Take your scrubs with you to work, and change into them. If you can, keep clean scrubs in a locker or cubby at work. When you’re done working for the day, put the dirty scrubs in a separate plastic bag.
3. Wash Your Scrubs Through Two Cycles
Scrubs need to be disinfected. To clean and disinfect your scrubs, you need to put them through two wash cycles. For the first wash cycle, use cold water and regular laundry detergent. If your scrubs have any stains, treat them with color-safe stain remover before starting the first wash cycle. Turn your scrubs inside out (this helps prevent pilling) and set your washer to a regular cycle. When the wash cycle is done, check your scrubs for any stains. If there are still stains, use the stain remover again and repeat before moving on to the second wash cycle.
For the second wash cycle, use hot water and color-safe bleach. If there are any stains left on your scrubs, the hot water in the second cycle will make them harder to get out. When you’re ready for the second cycle, add 3/4 cup of color-safe bleach to your washer’s bleach dispenser and wash the scrubs with hot water. If the washer doesn’t have a built-in bleach dispenser, just mix the bleach into the water before you start the cycle. The color-safe bleach disinfects your scrubs and they will still keep their color.
4. Separate Your Scrubs from Regular Laundry
You need to wash your scrubs and regular clothes separately. Scrubs need to be disinfected more than your normal laundry. To counteract this, we recommend having multiple pairs of scrubs. That way, come laundry day, you’ll have a full load of only scrubs to wash.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand you work hard and you expect your scrubs uniforms to do the same. That’s why we offer men’s and women’s scrub clothing from tough brands like Carhartt and Dickies. Choose from a wide variety of scrub pants and scrub tops, perfect for your job in the medical field. For more tips on scrubs and workwear, visit our clothing blog.