Washing scrubs? - page 3

So, maybe this is an embarrassing question, but.... I've noticed when ironing scrubs, that there seems to be a lingering odor of perspiration and deodorant in the armpit area. I don't seem to... Read More

  1. by   Amethya
    So you're having the same issue I have huh?

    So how much of vinegar can we add in the load and will it make any other clothes discolor? And how much of baking powder can you add in the second load as well?
  2. by   CeSoirLeCiel
    Some brands of detergent make a scent/formula specifically for extra smell. I know tide has Tide Sport with febreeze and it works really well on any kind of stink that gets stuck in any of my clothes. It's designed for workout gear and has done really well with sweat smells in my experience.
  3. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Amethya
    So how much of vinegar can we add in the load and will it make any other clothes discolor?
    One to two cups of vinegar per large load should be fine. As long as the entire load is colored clothes with no whites mixed in, nothing should become discolored.
    Quote from Amethya
    And how much of baking powder can you add in the second load as well?
    I would not add baking soda to a load that has vinegar mixed in. Vinegar is a strong acid and baking soda is a base. The two, when combined, produce a chemical reaction that results in carbon dioxide.

    Perhaps it would be safe to add vinegar to the wash cycle and baking soda to the final rinse cycle?
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You DO NOT wash with baking soda and vinegar at the same time or else you will get an undesirable chemical reaction. You wash first with vinegar and then baking soda in a whole new cycle.
  5. by   Amethya
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    You DO NOT wash with baking soda and vinegar at the same time or else you will get an undesirable chemical reaction. You wash first with vinegar and then baking soda in a whole new cycle.
    How much Baking Soda would you put in the new cycle?
  6. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    I use oxy clean and I've heard good things about vinegar.

    Whatever antiperspirant you use, put it on before bedtime for the best result. Certain Dry roll-on is the closest to the prescription stuff you can get OTC, and once you've used it for a week or two, applying it every other night is likely to keep your pits bone dry. It's amazing stuff.
  7. by   NanaPoo
    I haven't ironed since nursing school 20 years ago when my instructors from the war insisted on white scrubs that could stand up by themselves.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Amethya
    How much Baking Soda would you put in the new cycle?
    For an average-sized to large load of laundry, the addition of half a cup of baking soda will suffice.
  9. by   Armygirl7
    Quote from dd131
    I like creases!

    I iron every day of my life, sometimes twice.
    God Bless You! LOL! I went to nursing school with a nurse who ironed her uniform, I felt like super-schlub next to her! She could also achieve 100% perfect hospital corners on her bed sheets...also not my forte, but I admire it!
  10. by   NotYourMamasRN
    Wash with Tide and add in a scoop of baking soda and splash of vinegar.
  11. by   JensenMaries
    omg i love this thread. thank u so much for the help!
  12. by   Neats
    Wow some of my fellow workers go to great length to get their scrubs clean.
    I never have any issues but when my scrubs are very dirty I always use
    1. Lemon Juice in the arm pit area and it is cheap to use too just about a tablespoon per arm pit
    2. Fells Naptha Soap (the old bar laundry soap) you can still get it at the grocery store. I just wet the area and rub on the stain. Comes clean each time.
    Lastly you all put my laundry skills to shame for I just normally toss my clothes and come back later to put into the dryer, I really feel like I am missing out on something.
  13. by   Pixie.RN
    Look for Nathan Sport-Wash. A friend who is a triathlete recommended it for that funk that just won't wash out.

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