5 Laundry Tips for Washing Your Healthcare Uniform at Home

5 Laundry Tips for Washing Your Healthcare Uniform at Home

The healthcare industry is one of the largest industries in the U.S. As of September 2016, there were over 16.8 million Americans employed by the healthcare industry. This translates to an enormous amount of scrubs. Scrubs are a uniform that healthcare workers wear, they are a coordinated top and bottom, usually the same color for both, that helps identify your position in a hospital or health care setting. For example, nurses may wear purple scrubs, Doctors may wear dark blue and interns may wear a light blue scrub.

Scrubs are convenient and easy for hospital workers to wear. This uniform is consistent within the hospital, which saves the employees money and time in the morning getting dressed for work. Scrubs were created in the healthcare facility for many reasons including:

  • Providing the wearer with mobility and comfort as well as provides use such as extra pockets for the work that needs to be completed by the profession.
  • Offers durability and can withstand being laundered allowing the scrubs to keep their colors and shape.
  • Contribute to identification for security purposes.

The career in the healthcare setting is often hazardous and dirty, so we have provided tips and precautions to help you keep your home environment safe, your medical scrubs sanitary, clean and keep their appearance.  Laundering tips for uniforms in the healthcare setting include:

The biggest and most important step is making sure that your medical laundry is separated from regular laundry. Although laundering will help clean your medical scrubs, those scrubs contain bacteria, blood and other types of grime and infectious materials and should not be combined with regular laundry.

#1. Separate your Laundry

The biggest and most important step is making sure that your medical laundry is separated from regular laundry. Although laundering will help clean your medical scrubs, those scrubs contain bacteria, blood and other types of grime and infectious materials and should not be combined with regular laundry.

#2. Use Correct Temperature Settings

As with all laundry you want to make sure you are washing your scrubs on the correct temperature setting. For medical scrubs, it is important to wash them on a hot setting at a temperature of 160˚F or higher. If you are using bleach it needs to be done with hot water and 50 to 150 parts per million. When washing your medical scrubs, it is important to wash and dry your scrubs with an electric clothes dryer. Drying your scrubs plays a significant role in eliminating bacteria from the fabric.

#3. Use a High-Quality Detergent

Another tip for washing medical scrubs is to use a high-quality detergent. It is fine to use a discount detergent on your regular clothes, but medical scrubs need a high-quality detergent to remove grease and grime. Also, high quality detergents should be scent free. When working in the medical field you encounter all different types of sicknesses and health issues, an example is asthma. If you have a scent on your uniform it can irritate those with asthma. Medical professionals don’t wear perfumes and scents to work and so your medical scrubs should not be washed with scents.

#4. Do Not Re-Wear your Medical Clothing Without Washing

Do not re-wear your medical scrubs without washing them in between wears. It is important that you maintain cleanliness in a healthcare setting and re-wearing your scrubs before they have been washed carries a risk of transferring bacteria and other pathogens to other patients.

#5. Do Not Hand Wash

If a medical uniform is completely soiled, hand washing the uniform should be completely avoided. Instead a rinse cycle should be performed to reduce the soil and then it can be washed regularly.

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