How To Properly Clean Your Medical Scrubs

Basics of Cleaning Medical Scrubs

  • Change out of your scrubs as soon as you end work, and if possible before you leave your job.
  • Have a designated disposable bag to store them in until you are ready to wash them.
  • Separate your scrubs from your regular clothing, to avoid the spread of germs and bacteria.
  • Turn them inside-out before washing. Helps to avoid fading and abrasions from other fabrics
  • Remember to always check the fabric content before washing your scrubs and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Below is a helpful chart to guide you through the washing process.
DetergentHeavy-Duty
Water TemperatureCold (Cotton), Warm (Blends)
Washing CycleNormal
Drying CycleLow (Cotton), Medium (Blends)
HandlingTurn Inside-Out
Iron SettingsCotton
Quick Reference: How to Wash Medical Uniforms

Now that you have the basics of how to get started, let’s get into the Nitty Gritty.

Detergent

Heavy-Duty Detergent: Examples include Tide and Persil. Contains the necessary enzymes to break apart stains. White vinegar/ ½ cup baking soda: adding this will help to brighten, reduce odors and soften your uniforms without using harsh chemicals like softeners. Make sure to choose distilled white vinegar. For softening your clothes, add vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser. To fight mild odors, add it directly to the washing machine basin during the rinse cycle. Though laundering your clothes with vinegar is a cost-effective, natural way to soften and deodorize fabrics, avoid using it in your washer too frequently and ALWAYS dilute it with water. Just as it does in a dishwasher, vinegar can harm rubber parts inside a washing machine, which will eventually lead to leaks.

  1. Apply a few drops of Amodex to your stain.
  2. Rub in well with your Amodex brush, a toothbrush or a clean cloth.
  3. Continue rubbing stained area until the stain disappears. Be careful not to rub too hard on delicate surfaces.
  4. Rinse the Amodex. …
  5. Rinse thoroughly.

Water Temperature

Drying Cycle

For pieces of cotton, use the lowest setting to avoid additional shrinkage and fading. For Polyester and blends, ok to use normal temperatures. See chart above.

Tips and Tricks

  • Never rub with a cloth, this only pushes the stain further into the fabric.
  • Avoid getting lotions, makeup or perfume on your scrubs, this may cause discoloration.
  • Avoid hot water can make stains set more easily and hard to remove
  • You should always have an extra set of scrubs in case of damage. Always wear high quality scrubs to ensure they will last.
  • Ironing your scrubs will not only give your scrubs a neat and crisp appearance, they will also kill more germs.
  • Scrubs can be disinfected by adding ½ cup of Pine-Sol along with your regular detergent.
  • Always remember to follow the instructions on the label.
  • Use pocket guards if you have a habit of keeping pens and other messy tools in your uniform pockets. 
  • Washing scrubs in a separate load from your regular clothes can help stop the spread of infection in your household.

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