If you're shopping for a new scrub, consider buying a scrub with splash-proof technology, because they can repel liquids, so even after heavy work, your uniform is unlikely to get stained. 

Otherwise, here is a guide that can assist you to remove stains from your scrubs. 

Bloodstains 

If your scrub is stained with fresh bloodstains, firstly put the scrub in cold water and then rub the part that is stained before you wash. Make use of cold water only because if you use hot water, the protein in the blood can cook which makes it harder to remove. 


After doing this and it’s still there, take a small quantity of warm water and add a tbsp. of ammonia and also add half a tbsp. of liquid laundry detergent. Get the scrub and soak it in the mixture for like 15 minutes. 

After that brush, the stained part with light strokes, do this until the stain has been removed completely. Rinse after and dry. 

If the bloodstain is dried already, soak the scrub in vinegar first, wait till the stain comes off completely before you rinse. 


Vomit stains

Vomit is made of acidic and solid contents. Because of this, the solid parts have to be scraped off your scrubs first. After that, you can soak your scrub in warm water to loosen the vomit stain. 

After soaking, prepare a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda. You can make use of either your fingers and or toothbrush to apply the paste to your scrub. To get rid of the odor you can mix a laundry booster with your regular detergent. 


Sweat stains

When we move constantly we tend to sweat and a nurse moving around is part of the job duties which can cause you to sweat while on your scrubs and it will make your scrub look good. Especially sweat stains around the armpit area and the collar area that turns yellow. 

To wash off this stain, take a cup of vinegar and mix it with a half cup of baking soda, a tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide, and a tbsp. of salt. 

Begin by washing your scrub with water and vinegar. Then put the scrub on a surface and apply the mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda on the stained part. Scrub the stains and rinse.


Urine stains

If you work in a pediatric ward, then getting urine stains on your uniform isn’t a new thing. While it’s quite easy to remove urine stains by using hydrogen peroxide, you also need to be extra careful to avoid discoloration on your scrub. 

If you don't want this to happen, you can mix detergent, baking soda, and vinegar as an alternative. 


Milk stain

Don't allow the milk to dry before you wash your scrub. Immediately you spill the milk sponge off the area stained with a dishwashing liquid. Afterward, rinse with cool water.

Another thing you can do is to mix two parts of water with one part of alcohol. Make use of a toothbrush to apply the mixture on the stained part and rinse after. 



Conclusion

It can be challenging to keep your uniform clean and fresh all the time, especially as you are a nurse. You are always exposed to medications, bodily fluids, and it’s excepted for your scrubs to get stained here and there daily.


May 9, 2021

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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