When your beloved pair of medical scrubs begins to show signs of wear and tear before you're ready to part with them, it's a terrible feeling. Unfortunately, nursing scrubs require a lot of attention in order to be properly cared for

Regular chlorine bleach might be used to clean and sanitize the white nursing scrubs of the past. However, today's vibrant and fashionable women's jogging scrubs and other styles cannot tolerate being washed with such harsh chemical substances. Colors and designs can be ruined by bleach, which can also weaken or produce holes in the fabric. A thorough understanding of proper scrub care is crucial if you want to extend the life of your scrubs. Here are some helpful ideas for maintaining your nursing scrubs.

Treat Your New Scrubs before Wearing Them

Pre-treat your new scrubs before you put them on for the first time at work. Especially for brightly colored scrubs, this step is crucial since it helps to seal in the dye and keep it from fading.

Coldwater and half a cup of white vinegar should be used for pre-treating your new scrubs. Make sure to separate your light-colored scrubs from dark-colored ones if you have many sets to pre-treat. 

Make Use Of A Color-Safe Stain Remover

For nurses, stains are an unavoidable part of the job. Every day, your uniforms are likely to come into contact with a wide range of unwelcome substances, from blood to chemicals. When your scrubs are clean and sanitary after a thorough washing, they will appear unsanitary without a thorough stain removal. It's also unprofessional to wear stained scrubs. Make careful to use a color-safe stain remover before washing your scrubs. Avoid ruining your scrubs by reading the label and following the directions. If you're unsure about a new product's safety, test it in an area that isn't visible.

 Do Not Wash Scrubs in the Machine with Other Clothes

Scrubs should not be washed in the same machine as your other clothes. In addition to washing them, disinfecting them is a must before putting them back on your feet. Regular clothing can be damaged by the additional disinfection cycle Heavy garments, such as pants and jackets, have the potential to harm delicate scrubs when washed. Always wash your work clothes separately from your other clothing to ensure the longevity of your wardrobe.

High-Heat Drying Is Essential.

Select the hottest setting for your dryer and put your scrubs in there. 30 minutes of running (or longer, if necessary, to dry your scrubs thoroughly). Drying your clothing also kills any bacteria that may be left on the fabric after washing it.


Ironing your scrubs is normally recommended unless the label clearly states otherwise. Additionally, using an iron will ensure that your scrubs are clean and bacteria-free by eradicating any residual residue. If you have an older dryer or one that doesn't get very hot, this is a great way to save time and money.


If you want to maintain your nursing scrubs looking their best and keep them free of germs before your next shift, make sure you follow the methods outlined above. Toss off your old scrubs if they're hardly hanging in your wardrobe and buy a few new ones. 

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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