Life is messy as you know it and in the healthcare field, messes and stains run rampant. In a nurses’ day to day, they get so many stains from blood, urine, other bodily fluids, coke, coffee and tea and because they are on the go so much, there is also sweat stains just to name a few. Their nursing scrubs are in need of some good old tender loving care and Uniform Advantage has created a handy do-it-yourself guide to help you in your times of need. You can even print this and post it up by your bathroom, laundry room or any place that it is easy for reference. Here are some quick and easy and affordable tips to keep your nursing scrubs new as the day you bought them….
Blood: Fresh blood stains can be removed by soaking and rubbing the stain in cold water before washing. Never use hot water because it cooks the protein making the stain hard to remove.
Chocolate: Remove chocolate stains by soaking the fabric in club soda before washing it.
Coca-Cola: Put clear shampoo and salt on the stain and let it sit before washing.
Coffee or Tea: Lift the stain out by pouring a bit of beer right on top. Rub the beer lightly into the material, and the stain should disappear. Baby wipes can also effectively remove spills and drips on your scrubs.
Iodine: Pour Coca Cola on it, let it soak for 3-5 minutes. Run through washer when possible.
Ointment: Use a knife to scrape excess ointment from the fabric. Sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder on the stain and rub it in into the stain with your fingertips, covering it completely. Leave the powder on the stain until it absorbs the grease (wait 15-20 minutes depending on stain size.) Then brush the powder off with a soft brush or clean, dry washcloth. Launder it in cold water.
Pen Ink: Just soak the affected garment in milk overnight and launder as usual the next day. Don’t have milk in the house? Try alcohol-based hairspray directly on the ink for 30 seconds and then wipe the ink away with a damp cloth.
Sweat: Pour vinegar over the sweat stain. Then rub coarse salt into the stain (table salt will work if it’s all you have.) Place the garment out in the sun to dry. Then, wash with shampoo (the chemistry of shampoo is designed to remove body oils.)
Vomit/Baby Spit-up: Sprinkle baking soda on the site and rub it in to help remove the smell when washed.
Urine: Pour ¼ baking soda in with detergent, and fill up the fabric softener cup with vinegar.
Do you have any other tips and tricks for taking out stains? We would love to learn from you.