Care Guide for Scrubs: How To Wash and Store

February 25, 2023

Scrubs are an essential garment for healthcare professionals, designed to provide comfort and functionality during long shifts in a clinical environment. However, improper care and maintenance can cause scrubs to become stained, discolored, or even shrink, compromising their performance and appearance. To ensure that your scrubs remain in excellent condition, it's important to know how to wash and store them properly. In this care guide, we will provide you with essential tips on how to care for your scrubs, including the do's and don'ts of washing and storage, so you can continue to work comfortably and professionally while maintaining the durability and style of your scrubs.


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The Right Way To Wash Scrubs

Washing Scrubs in the Washer

  1. Sort your scrubs by color and fabric type.
  2. Pre-treat any stains by applying a small amount of detergent or stain remover directly to the affected area.
  3. Turn your scrubs inside-out to prevent any pilling or damage to the fabric.
  4. Select a gentle cycle and use warm or cold water depending on the fabric type. Hot water can cause colors to fade and shrink fabrics.
  5. Add a small amount of detergent according to the package instructions. Use a mild detergent to avoid harsh chemicals that can damage the fabric.
  6. Avoid overcrowding the machine by washing a few scrubs at a time.
  7. Start the wash cycle and wait until it's finished.
  8. Remove the scrubs from the washer and reshape them if necessary.
  9. Hang the scrubs to dry or place them in the dryer on low heat. Air drying is recommended to avoid any shrinking or fading, but if using the dryer, remove the scrubs while they are still slightly damp to prevent any wrinkles or static cling.
Handwashing Scrubs
  1. Fill a sink or basin with cool or warm water and add a small amount of detergent.
  2. Turn your scrubs inside-out to prevent any pilling or damage to the fabric.
  3. Submerge the scrubs in the water and gently scrub them with your hands to distribute the soap. Avoid agitating or twisting the fabric, as this can damage the fabric fibers.
  4. Rinse the scrubs thoroughly under running water to remove all the soap.
  5. Squeeze out the excess water and reshape the scrubs if necessary.
  6. Hang or lay the scrubs flat to air dry. Avoid using the dryer, as it can cause shrinking, fading, or damage to the fabric.
Dry Cleaning Scrubs
If the care label on your scrubs says "Dry Clean Only," take them to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash them at home as it may damage the fabric or color. Dry cleaning uses special chemicals and machines that are designed to clean and preserve delicate fabrics. When it comes to washing scrubs, special considerations need to be taken into account for biosafety and radiation safety. Scrubs are often worn in medical settings, where they may come into contact with hazardous materials or radiation. Therefore, it is crucial to use a separate wash cycle for scrubs and other potentially contaminated clothing. Scrubs should be washed in hot water and a heavy-duty detergent to ensure that all contaminants are removed. Additionally, it is essential to avoid cross-contamination between clean and contaminated clothing by keeping them separated during washing and drying. Finally, scrubs should be dried at high heat to ensure that any remaining bacteria or viruses are killed. By following these protocols, healthcare workers can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and maintain a safe working environment.

How Often To Wash Scrubs

Scrubs should be washed after each use, as they are in close contact with patients and can accumulate bacteria. If the scrubs are made of special materials such as fire retardant or high visibility, it may require special care when washing. If the scrubs have decorative elements or pockets, it is important to follow the care instructions to avoid damage.

The Right Way To Store Scrubs

How to Fold Scrubs

  1. Lay the scrubs flat on a surface.
  2. Fold the pants in half lengthwise.
  3. Fold the pants in half widthwise.
  4. Smooth out any wrinkles or creases.

How to Roll Scrubs
  1. Lay the scrubs flat on a surface.
  2. Fold the pants in half lengthwise.
  3. Roll the pants from the waist down to the hem, smoothing out any wrinkles or creases as you go.

Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Scrubs

To keep scrubs in top shape, it's essential to follow the care label instructions. Beyond that, there are a few practical tips you can follow. First, avoid washing scrubs with heavy or abrasive materials, such as towels which can cause pilling or damage to the fabric. Instead, wash scrubs with similar materials to reduce friction and protect the fabric. It's also a good idea to secure any closures, such as zippers or velcro straps, to prevent snagging or damage to the fabric. When washing clothes, turning them inside out can help protect the surface of the fabric, especially for printed or embroidered scrubs. Additionally, using mesh bags or a proper drying rack can help reduce wear and tear during the washing and drying process, especially for delicate items. Finally, skipping the dryer whenever possible and air drying scrubs can prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabric.


Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for scrubs only provides general advice. Your scrubs may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.

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