How to Get Nasty Stains Out of Your Scrubs
If the clinical area is a battlefield, then nurses are warriors. Every day we battles against different diseases. Every day with fight for health. For some it may be a smooth fight, for the others it could be hardcore and messy. That is why at the end of the shift, we don’t get surprised of seeing stains on our scrub uniforms anymore. However, what worries us is how we would be able to get rid of those nasty stains. We wouldn’t want to go duty on the next days with the remnants of last duty’s battle. We wouldn’t want to appear untidy and unsanitary. But how will we able to get rid of this problem?
There are a number of simple blood stain-removal methods. But hydrogen peroxide is probably available where you work and that does a number on blood. Make sure to avoid hot water.
- Oil-based medications
Baby or talcum powder will absorb grease. Or pre-treat by pouring some detergent onto the spot and allowing to set for 10 minutes before washing. Some say dish soap is the most effective grease remover.
- Alcohol-based medications
Pre-treat with detergent and rinse with cold water before throwing in the washer. If stain is stubborn, it is recommended to pre-treat a second time, and allow the fabric to soak in cold water before washing again.
Letting stained fabric lie in the sun will resolve fecal stains (or, as referred to in this post, “Poo stains”) aka “solar power”.
Urine stains are fairly easy to clean up, but if you don’t do it quite right, you can end up with a mattress or other fabric that smells bad long after you’ve cleaned it. Use a towel to blot up as much excess urine as possible. Spray the area with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Blot up the excess until the stain is gone and the smell has dissipated.
If a stain has already dried before you can clean it, you can still get it out by dampening the area and sprinkling it with a little borax. Allow the stain to dry with the borax on the mattress and then vacuum up the power when you’re done.
- Ball point pen
Remove with rubbing alcohol.
Soak in cool water to remove water-soluble adhesives.
Soak in warm water for 20 minutes with detergent, then wash, along with an oxygen-based bleach.
Rinse clean, pre-treat with detergent, and wash in warm water.
- Baby formula
First, rinse, then pre-treat with detergent and soak in cold water for about 30 minutes before washing.
For coffee stains, immediately blot stain to absorb excess liquid. Sponge stain with 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts warm water. Once stain is lifted, rinse and wash.
Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar in ½ cup water and sponge solution onto affected areas to lift stain.