POSTED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 2:10pm
Scrubs get wear and tear but they shouldn't be faded and frayed after just a few washes.
Do you have that favorite scrub set that you would like to keep in tip top shape? There are ways to properly care for your nursing scrubs  and maximize their life in order to save yourself both time and money.
The Scrubs of Choice
One of the most important aspects to consider when attempting to lengthen the life of your uniform is to be sure you choose the right one for the job. It is extremely important that you begin by purchasing scrubs made of higher quality fabric and designed for the job at hand.
Although your initial investment may be slightly higher, you will thank yourself later. Higher quality fabrics withstand stretching, are often more resistant to stains, and hold up to frequent laundering better than their less expensive counterparts.
It All Comes Out in the Wash
Once you are sure you have chosen high quality nursing scrubs, it is important to evaluate the procedure, cleaning products, and equipment used to launder your uniforms. The use of a high quality laundry detergent is recommended in order to ensure that you are getting the most out of your washing experience. Additionally, many cheap detergents use harsh chemicals that can be damaging to your uniforms, often causing them to fade prematurely.
Although it is okay to use additional products like color brighteners and fabric softeners, it is not recommended that you use harsh chemicals like bleach, which can weaken fabrics. Remember that weakened fabrics fray or tear much easier. It might also be a good idea to wash your nursing scrubs separately from your other clothing and laundry in order to prevent their exposure to germs.
Cleaning your uniforms can vary significantly depending on the type of work you do. If you are frequently exposed to blood or germs, for instance, the care of your uniforms might be different from the care of uniforms that are rarely exposed to these substances.
If you frequently encounter situations that expose your nursing scrubs to blood, food, bacteria, or dangerous germs, it is recommended that you soak your uniforms in cool water for approximately ten minutes before washing. This will help to eliminate large particles, release stains, and remove other debris from your scrubs.
After soaking, you might choose to wash your uniforms in hot water. Although this can cause fading and shrinkage with some fabrics, the use of hot water will ensure that germs and bacteria are effectively removed. Many people choose to dry their uniforms in a hot dryer as well.