Out with the Old Scrubs and in With the New

The end of the year is near, and your closet is a mess and packed with clothes (mostly scrubs). There is no time like before the New Year to organize yourself, make room for your new scrubs and take Eminem’s advice and clean out your closet.

It is easy to throw away those old scrubs, but there are so many great ways to repurpose your scrubs. Even if DIY crafts are not your forte, no worries, we have done our research and there are a lot of places where you can donate your scrubs and help others in need.

Here are 5 different ways to repurpose your old scrubs to make room for the new and fresh scrubs coming to your closet in 2017!

1. Gift Them

No, we aren’t talking about giving your friends your old scrubs. Find ways to use them creatively to give gifts all year long. One of our favorite ways to make your old scrubs gift worthy is by making them wine bottle covers. Perfect for any season and your friends and family will love them.

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You can find this tutorial here.

2. Rags

Cut up those old scrubs into squares and rectangles, and you’ll have cute rags to clean the counters, tables, or windows around the house. When they get dirty, just throw them in the washer machine and reuse again!

3. Sew Up Your Old Print Tops and Make a Quilt

Sewing skills are needed to repurpose your scrubs this way. To get started cut out your scrubs into squares. If you feel like getting creative and putting those worn scrubs to use, bust out your sewing kit and head to Pinterest and get your craft on.  Don’t have enough scrubs for a quilt? Don’t worry you can always make a tote bag or pillow case!

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4. Make Cute Headbands

For all of us that aren’t great at DIYs and sewing, this craft is perfect. Just take a pair of scissors to your old favorite scrubs. You can add rhinestones, bows, or ribbons to spice up your headband. In the end, the best perk is you’ll have a plethora of cute headbands for any occasion.

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Learn how here.

5. Donate

Tis the season for giving. You may be thinking, “no one is going to want these old things,” but as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can take your old scrubs to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or to your local animal shelter as they typically take clothing to use as animal bedding. Lastly, you can ship them to Global Links which is a great organization that donates scrubs to less fortunate communities around the world.

To those who care for their patients near and far:

Thank you for giving up your holidays at home with your families to take care of others in need. We appreciate you year round but are especially grateful to you and your families during the holiday season. From all of us here at UA, we wish you a wonderful Holiday weekend.

 

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Kelly is pictured in the UA Family Holiday Red Print Scrub Top

We are ecstatic to introduce our December Scrub Superstar: Kelly! Kelly has years of experience as a dental assistant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Find out more about this month’s Scrub Superstar below!

 

What is your current position? 

I work as a dental assistant in Philadelphia. I have worked at a general practice for the last six years. But I have been a dental assistant for twelve years. I’ve worked in both general practices and specialists.

Why did you choose this particular career?

I chose this career because I love making people smile and giving them the best care that I can possibly give them.

What advice would you give someone pursuing this career path?

The advice I would give to someone that is thinking of being a dental assistant is to make sure you go into a general practice. And to learn as much as you can with a sturdy overview. You don’t want to go directly into a specialty. I think it is best to learn about everything because no matter what, you’ll need to know it all. Patients, in particular, want to know why and if you have those answers, they will love that you give a detailed explanation.

What do you love about your career?

I love helping each and every one of my patients.  It doesn’t matter how scared or impolite they are; I really enjoy giving them the best smile we can give them. If they are currently unhappy with how their teeth look or have questions, I want to make sure they leave with all the answers. And make sure our patients get the appointments they need to get their smile the way they want it.

What is one of your favorite on-the-job memories?

My favorite memory is when we were able to help a 93-year-old woman get the smile she always wanted. We did 6 implants with a screwed retained denture. Afterward, she told our office that she felt like a young woman again. Every time she comes in for a check-up now, she always says that.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?

My favorite activities outside of work are spending time with my kids, whether it is taking them to the playground, sports, or the movies. And also some alone time with the husband. I love to decorate the house for the holidays, with different things and something new every year. I like to go to the movies and go out with friends when I can. I don’t have too many hobbies anymore because I am working full-time, and taking care of my kids and taking them to play their sports. I don’t have too much time for myself. I used to love baking cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, and taffies.  I still bake for the kid’s schools and the teachers love what I come up with. I do miss it, maybe one day I will start baking again.

Finally, what feature is the most important to you while choosing your scrubs?

The most important thing about my scrubs is that they’re fun and different. I love the holiday prints especially, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter are some of my favorite ones. I always get something different and fun but never any with pink or purple. Kids love when I wear my character ones too! Plus, I love my autism print top that I wear for my youngest son.

 

We would like to thank Kelly for all that she does! Kelly was chosen as our Scrub Superstar by entering and completing our Scrub Superstar application on our Facebook page.

 

8 Quick Holiday Recipes

This time of year is hectic for everyone but even more so when you’re working long shifts taking care of others. So we’ve decided to gather our favorite holiday recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that are simple and quick to prepare and cook. All of the recipes have a combined prep and cook time under 40 minutes! You can make them for your holiday potlucks, parties, or during your shifts. We hope these recipes make your holidays a bit brighter, tastier and give you more time to spend with your loved ones.

Breakfast:

1. Breakfast Banana Split: A perfect way to pretend you are eating ice cream for breakfast. This healthy recipe can be easily taken on the go by putting it in a mason jar or to-go container.

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2. Gingerbread Waffles: Who doesn’t like waffles in the morning? Add some gingerbread to make your breakfast more festive.

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Lunch: 

3. Eggnog Monte Cristos: Use that leftover eggnog to make delicious bite size sandwiches for lunch and top them with cranberry sauce.

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4. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup with Chicken: Warm up this winter with soup, easy to make and great on-the-go or for leftovers.

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Dinner: 

5. Gluten-Free Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Indulge in the comfort food you are craving without any guilt. You and your guests won’t believe it’s not macaroni.

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6. Hanger Steaks with Ginger-Cranberry Sauce: Steaks and cranberry sauce, need I say more? The delicious dinner you want, without the hassle.

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Snacks: 

7. Honey-Glazed Almonds: This recipe will not disappoint. Make a little extra and take some as an excellent snack during your shift.

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8. Easy Cheese Ball: This is a crowd pleaser for any holiday party or gathering you will be attending. It serves a lot of people and we all love a little snack before dinner.

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Make sure to check out our site for all of our end of the year deals. A special thank you to all of the medical professionals who are taking care of others this holiday season instead of being at home with your families, we appreciate you!

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