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Here are 7 Common Stains, Each with a Foolproof Solution

Working with patients in a clinical setting or rehab hospital isn’t always the spotless and antiseptic experience we, as health professionals, would like; however, there are methods beyond the “stain stick” that can get your scrubs back into crisp, pristine shape. Here are seven stains that virtually all nurses and some therapists encounter on a daily basis, and foolproof ways to deal with them.

  • Blood Stains: You’ll need an advanced protein stain remover, and that means hydrogen peroxide; work a cap-full and some water into the stain, rinsing scrubs thoroughly before you lay them out to dry. After that, dirty scrubs solutionssimply toss the scrubs in with the rest of your laundry—that should do the trick!
  • Sweat Stains: A health professional’s job can be demanding. Sweat happens! To deal with yellow and/or sugar-based stains, use vinegar and water. If rinsing scrubs out with vinegar isn’t yielding quite the results you’d hoped for, add a bit of rubbing salt. Let the scrubs dry before throwing them into the wash.
  • Pee Stains: These common stains call for their own spray bottle of hand mixed solution. Put in approximately 2/3 cup of water, 1/6 cup Simple Green (an all-purpose cleaner) and 1/6 cup ammonia—shake the solution and spray it onto the stain. Let the scrubs sit and then wash.
  • Vomit Stains: Obviously, this is a stain that must be scraped first; after that, you’ll want to hand wash your scrubs in a tub of warm water, diluted with a tablespoon of ammonia. Rinse well and blot the stained area with a stain stick; the scrub a dub stain remover comes highly recommended for health professionals.
  • Chocolate Stains: A more pleasant stain to deal with, but just as noticeable and annoying as all the rest. Don’t worry! You can get it out. Simply, wet an absorbent pad with a drop of dishwashing liquid and blot away at the stain before throwing in with your laundry.
  • Milk Stains: These are the plight of lots of nurses, especially labor and delivery R.N.s You’ll want to get to milk stains before they dry. Work a small amount of laundry detergent and water into the stain, rinsing as you go. If stains persist, try a little bit of rubbing alcohol on an old toothbrush and repeat rinse; then lay the scrubs out to dry
  • Coffee or Tea: Taking a break with the rest of the medical team is so nice—except when you spill your drink! Deal with these stains by sprinkling some baking soda onto a wet cloth; blot with cold water. DO NOT RUB—that will only make it worse. This is the kind of spot that responds well to a stain stick.

American Traveler Wishes you a Spotless Day in Rewarding Nurse and Therapy Careers!

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**Information in this article was gleaned from a piece on stain removal in Scrubs Magazine.

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