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Guide to washing and caring for your scrubs

washing scrubs

We have dedicated this article to guiding you through caring for and washing your scrubs. The more you carefully maintain and look after your scrubs, the more longevity they’ll have. Here at Harveys the quality of your scrubs is our top priority. Therefore, ensuring you wear them for as long as possible is another passion of ours.

We’re often asked many questions, with regards to caring for scrubs and ensuring their wear for years to come. By the end of this article, you will have answers to the following questions:

–            Can scrubs go in the dryer?
–            Can scrubs shrink?
–            Can scrubs be washed with other clothes?
–            What detergent should I use when washing scrubs?

For further information on the science of the scrubs and how we choose our fabrics, feel free to read our earlier article, the science of scrub fabric.

Can our scrubs go in the washer / dryer?

In short, the answer is yes. All of our scrubs and scrub uniform garments can go in the washer.

We wanted to note some general tips for washing scrubs carefully.

  • Always check the inner care label(s) as these will contain more specific washing instructions.
  • Pre-treat any stains – if there are any stains, pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of water and detergent. If you’re unsure, let us know and we can assist you further with this.
  • Separate colours – we recommend always washing light-coloured and dark-coloured scrubs separately to prevent colour bleeding, which can occur.
  • Use the right detergent – when it comes to detergents, we always recommend using a good-quality detergent. Antibacterial or disinfectant detergents can be beneficial for medical scrubs.
  • Avoid the use of bleach, unless the scrubs are white, avoid using bleach as it can damage the fabric and cause additional discolouration.
  • Drying – it’s best to air dry scrubs to prevent shrinking and to extend their lifespan. If you use a dryer, use a low heat setting.
  • Ironing – we recommend only iron when necessary. If you deem it necessary, iron the scrubs on a low heat setting to remove wrinkles.

Following these guidelines will help keep your scrubs clean, fresh, and in good condition.

When it comes to using a dryer, we’re pleased to say our scrubs and workwear uniforms are dryer safe. However, you must follow the guidelines below to avoid any potential damage to the garments.

  • Use a low heat setting – we recommend using either a low or medium heat setting to prevent shrinking and protect the fabric.
  • Avoid over drying – achieve this by removing the scrubs from the dryer as soon as they are dry, to avoid wrinkles and to minimize wear and tear on the fabric
  • Fabric softener sheets: Using fabric softener sheets can help reduce static and keep the scrubs feeling soft.
  • Check the care label(s) – Similar advice to when washing your scrubs, we recommend always checking the care label for any specific drying instructions or temperature recommendations.
  • Use of a gentle cycle: if your dryer has a gentle or delicate cycle, consider using it to be gentler on the fabric.

By following these steps, you can safely dry your Healthcare scrubs in the dryer without causing damage.

Can scrubs shrink?

Yes, scrubs can shrink, especially as ours are made using only natural fibres, containing a cotton blend. However, you can minimise the risk of them shrinking, by following the above safety tips whilst washing and drying.

Can scrubs be washed with other clothing?

Yes, we’re pleased to say that our scrubs can be washed with other clothes, but there are some important considerations to ensure proper hygiene and to protect the scrubs and other garments. Especially when considering the role that scrubs play in infection control, it’s worth remembering the toil and strain they undergo daily. Certain fluids and stains may not be seamlessly mixed with your every day, out-of-work clothing.

We recommend the following:

  • Separate by colour – wash light-coloured scrubs with other light-coloured clothes and dark-coloured scrubs with dark-coloured clothes to prevent colour bleeding.
  • Hygiene considerations: If your scrubs are heavily soiled or contaminated, it’s best to wash them separately from other clothes to avoid cross-contamination. Use a disinfectant detergent if needed.
  • Use a mesh bag: placing scrubs in a mesh laundry bag can help protect them from getting tangled with other clothes and prevent damage.
  • Avoid washing with delicate items – do not wash scrubs with delicate fabrics or items that require special care, as the more durable scrub fabric can cause wear on these items.
  • Consider a proper load size: avoid overloading the washing machine. Washing a medium to small load ensures that the scrubs and other clothes are thoroughly cleaned.
  • Check all scrub pockets: ensure all pockets in the scrubs are empty before washing to prevent damage to the scrubs or other clothing items.

Our final word on caring for your scrubs

We hope this article answered your cleaning and care questions for your medical scrubs and uniforms. However, if you are still unsure of how to best care for your scrubs and scrub sets then please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Feel free to contact us via our website, email or by calling one of our team on 0161 624 9535.

We look forward to helping you to care for and maximise the length of your scrubs and fitted scrub suits. We genuinely want your teams to feel comfortable wearing their scrubs and caring for them daily.

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