We receive lots of enquiries about what is the correct temperature to wash your nurses' uniforms at, well wonder no more as happythreads have all the answers for you.
It is important that nurses uniforms are freshly washed before each shift as nurses uniforms are worn for long periods a few days a week and can become contaminated with microorganisms during procedures.
Nurses uniforms should not be worn outside the hospital for hygiene reasons, adequate changing and storage facilities should be provided in the hospital. Scrubs should be washed at the hottest temperature suitable for the fabric to reduce any potential microbial contamination.
The maximum temperatures for each brand are listed in the table below
|Brand||Composition||Maximum Washing Temperature||Recommended Temperature|
|Koi Classics||55% Cotton/45% Polyester soft twill||60°||40°|
|Orange Standard||35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave||60°||40°|
|Koi Lite||Body: 100% Polyester Dobby
Rib trim: 95% Polyester 5% Spandex
|Koi Basics||95% polyester 5% Spandex microfiber stretch||40°||40°|
|Koi Stretch||55% cotton, 42% polyester and 3% spandex||40°||40°|
|Cherokee||35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave||
|Dickies||35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave||60°||40°|
|HappyFIT||35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave||60°||40°|
|Budget||50% polyester and 50% cotton plain weave||60°||40°|
Before washing your nurses' uniforms review the care instructions on the label. These instructions should explain the correct way of washing your scrubs. For nurses scrubs made of 100% cotton, put on a cold wash. The label will also state the fabric in which your nurses' scrubs are made from. Usually, it is polyester and cotton but it is important to check before washing to ensure you don't damage your nurses' uniforms. When washing, use a detergent that kills bacteria. You can also add half a cup of vinegar to the water which will prevent the colour of your nurses' scrubs from fading.