Life in the medical profession is a messy one. Day to day stains can include everything from blood or other bodily fluids to coffee or chocolate. In order to enjoy the full life of your medical scrubs and stay looking clean and professional, you’ve got to be able to treat the stains that come your way. At Sanibel Scrubs, we want you to be happy with your scrub tops, drawstring pants, lab coats, etc. so we’ve compiled some of the common stains and how to treat them with home remedies!
Here are our quick, easy and affordable ways to keep your medical wardrobe looking fresh and new:
To treat fresh bloodstains, soak and rub the stain in cold water before washing in cold water. Never use hot water as it cooks the protein and makes the stain harder to remove. If the stain remains, soak it in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing or liquid laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia for 15 minutes. Tamp, or brush down with light stokes, the stain while blotting occasionally with an absorbent pad. Continue until the stain is gone, rinse well, and launder as normal!
Ointment: To get rid of ointment stains, use a knife to scrape off excess ointment from your scrubs. Sprinkle cornstarch on the stain and rub it in with your fingertips, covering it completely. Leave the cornstarch on the stain until it absorbs the grease (wait 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the stain.) Once that’s done, brush off the powder with a clean, dry washcloth and launder in cold water.
Urine: Pour ¼ cup of baking soda in with your detergent and fill up the fabric softener cup with vinegar.
Vomit/ Baby Spit-up: Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and rub it in to help remove any odor when washed.
Iodine: Pour Coca-Cola on the stain and let it soak for 3-5 minutes. Run through the washer when possible.
Pen Ink: For pen ink stains, soak the affected medical top or pants in milk overnight and launder as normal the next day. Another way to get rid of these stains is to try spraying alcohol-based hairspray directly on the stain for 30 seconds and then wiping it away with a damp cloth.
Sweat: If you have problems with sweat stains, try pouring vinegar over the stains. Then rub coarse salt into the stain and place the medical scrub in the sun to dry. Afterwards, wash with shampoo as the chemistry of shampoo is designed for removing body oils.
Chocolate: Ok, you had a quick pick me up and got some on your sleeve. Remove chocolate stains by soaking it in club soda before washing.
Soda: Putting clear shampoo and salt on the stain and letting it sit before washing can help lift soda stains.
Keep your medical wardrobe looking fresh and clean with these household remedies for common stains you’ll face in the workplace. In the event that set-in stains become too hard to get out, it might be time to treat yourself to a new pair of scrubs.
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