How To Wash Your Scrubs
Keeping your scrubs clean is essential for the health and safety of yourself and your patients.
Your medical scrubs may carry bacteria and other germs that can quickly transfer to your patients and come home with you. We have some great tips to stop that from happening.
Wait to shake your scrubs before washing them.
It is a natural habit to shake out dirty laundry before washing, but this can disperse the virus through the air. When you get home, the safest option is to place your scrubs straight into the washing machine.
Line your laundry hamper with a washable or disposable bag.
As we throw clothes into laundry hampers, we could create a contaminated area and spread the virus. Using a disposable (or washable) lining prevents this. By washing or throwing away your laundry liner, you can avoid passing any germs to members of your household who may be digging around in the laundry basket.
Separate your scrubs from the rest of your household laundry.
Many households have one main laundry hamper for all washing. Our advice is to store your dirty scrubs separately from your everyday laundry until you wash them. This method is the best way to avoid germ build-up and protect your family's clothes from infection.
Wash your scrubs at 60 degrees.
At Infectious, we recommend washing your medical scrubs at 60 degrees to kill any germs effectively.
Washing Your Medical Scrubs By Fabric Type
The fabric of your scrubs will determine what water temperature to use for an effective clean and an increased chance of long-lasting wear.
- Cotton: Cold water
- Polyester/Rayon: Gentle cold water cycle
- Polyester/Rayon/Spandex: Warm water
- Polyester/Cotton: Warm water
For drying, hanging your washed uniforms on the line is your best bet, but if you're in a rush, a tumble dry on the lowest heat setting should help avoid any shrinkage.
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