||If you provide childcare for others in your home or simply spend your days caring for your own little ones, you may have decided that nursing scrubs are the best uniform for you. They are highly affordable, comfortable and even cute. In addition, they are easy to care for and clean, which is a definite advantage when your days often include wiping runny noses, cleaning up cuts and bruises or washing away spit up. Learning the best and easiest ways to keep your scrubs neat and tidy will save you time, money and hassle.
If you buy good quality nursing scrubs to begin with, they will last longer. Even if you have to spend a bit more upfront, you will save money over time, since they will be made using the best materials and techniques. Avoid purchasing scrubs from discount retailers and instead get yours from a respectable medical supply shop that sells uniforms or a special online retailer. Alternatively, if you are handy with a sewing machine, consider finding a pattern you like, fabric you love and make your own.
When it is time to do laundry, separate your nursing scrubs from the rest of your clothing and linens. If your outfits are exposed to germs and other unpleasant matter, laundering them alone will prevent spreading yucky stuff to the rest of your family’s garments –and on to them. You may wish to stash dirty ones in their own hamper, laundry bag or even a big, old pillowcase.
There is nothing wrong with using inexpensive laundry soap, but break out the good stuff when you need to wash your scrubs. This will help remove stains caused by drooling babies, diaper blowouts and food smearings that find their way onto your uniform. It is true that cold water preserves bright colors better, but hot is best if you want to kill germs on your scrubs. Pour in a cup of vinegar to help prevent fading. An added benefit is that vinegar works great as fabric softener and, no, your nursing scrubs will not smell like vinegar when they are clean.
Line dry the scrubs if you can, but if you do toss them in the dryer, remove them as soon as they are dry and hang or fold them up immediately to prevent shrinking and unsightly wrinkles.
Article by Rob