How to Wash Scrubs

A medical professional’s scrubs get dirty quickly.
Medical scrubs require special care.Medical scrubs require special care.
Throughout the workday, you’re likely to attract spills, dirt and grime. Your scrubs also attract germs and bacteria. By the time you leave for the day, you may feel like you’re carrying work home with you on your scrubs. Fortunately, a quick spin in the washing machine and the dryer will get your scrubs ready for the next day. Basic laundry detergent and a little homemade solution will disinfect your uniform and keep it looking like new.

Step 1

Sort the scrubs according to color. Wash dark colors, light colors and whites separately.

Step 2

Set the water temperature setting on the washing machine to “Hot.” Washing the scrubs in hot water will help kill bacteria and germs.

Step 3

Set the water level according to the size of the load. For a full-sized load, use the full setting. For a small load, turn the water level down to the lowest setting.

Step 4

Set the cycle on the washing machine to “Delicate cycle.” Push the “Start” button to add water to the washing machine.

Step 5

Pour a mild laundry detergent into the provided measurement cup. Fill the measurement cup to the first fill line for small loads and to the second fill line for large loads. Pour the laundry detergent from the measurement cup into the water.

Step 6

Allow the detergent and water to mix for one to two minutes.

Step 7

Turn the scrubs inside out. Washing the scrubs inside out will help retain color.

Step 8

Place the scrubs in the washing machine. Close the washing machine lid.

Step 9

Remove the scrubs from the washing machine when the machine finishes the cycle.

Step 10

Place the scrubs in the dryer. Open the door on the lint trap and remove any lint. Place a dryer sheet in the dryer with the scrubs.

Step 11

Set the dryer cycle to the "Tumble Dry" setting. Close the door and press the “Start” button. Redding Medical reports that drying your scrubs for at least 30 minutes will help remove bacteria.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • 1 dryer sheet

About the Author

Amelia Jenkins has more than eight years of professional writing experience, covering financial, environmental and travel topics. Her work has appeared on MSN and various other websites and her articles have topped the best-of list for sites like Bankrate and Kipplinger. Jenkins studied English at Tarrant County College.