Wash scrubs with regular laundry? - page 3

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Does anyone wash their dirty scrubs with their regular load of laundry? I know the soap is self-cleaning, but it seems kind of weird to wash the bacteria out of your scrubs, let them float in the laundry water, and be exposed to... Read More


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    Quote from Elvish
    Intellectually I know washing everything together shouldn't be a problem, since I drive my car home wearing my work clothes then sit in that same seat of the car wearing my street clothes that I later wash separately. But psychologically, I cannot bring myself to throw it all in the washer together. I cringe internally when I get home and my husband has done the laundry and I see work pants in with the rest of the family's clothes. (He clearly doesn't share my OCD. ) But his laundry practices haven't killed anyone yet, so I should probably get over it.
    Psychological comfort matters, too. There are probably a lot of things we all do or don't do that isn't "evidence based," but they make us feel better. This just doesn't happen to be one of my quirks.
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    I only wash separately if I've been peed/pooped/puked on or in a c. diff room most of the day. 90% of the time it's all in with regular wash.
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    Like Miranda said, this is probably more of a psychological comfort than anything else, but it definitely makes me feel better. I don't even keep dirty scrubs in the family hamper although the patients I work with are not very germy (I work in a NICU and worry more about giving my patients bugs than getting bugs from them). I don't however go as far as having a separate laundry room....

    I guess it's something I can control and that's why I keep doing it .
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    I have enough scrubs that I wash them all in the same load anyway...and always use a little extra soap
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    I have OCD and mine concerns microorganisms, so separate. My shoes get bagged before I hit the door, my car seat has an after work cover, and the washer goes through a bleach cycle after my scrubs. I wash and gel so much my hands are very dry. And I am one of those who showers 4 times after I get home, and then have to glove up to touch the towels. I even have to wash glove and wash when changing my own children's diapers. It is very difficult.
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    Hehe, this is a funny topic. I feel so "dirty" now because I wash everything together... scrubs... darks, lights, and anything in between. I guess because I absolutely hate doing laundry and it all ends up together anyways in the drawers/closet. I take a shower everyday and wash my hands after touching ANYTHING so I think I'll be ok. =P
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    I think this is a great discussion! What happens if you just wash your laundry in cold water???? Those really nasty spores aren't going to be killed by washing machine hot water. Does anyone know what the hospital laundries do when they wash the hospital scrubs?? If I have enough scrubs, I will wash them in one load...but I usually wash them with my other wash. I've had nights, though, when I undress at the door (outside) because I'm afraid my dogs are going to get some really nasty stuff on them when they jump on me. Or if I've had a trauma and I look like a victim at a crime scene. Vinegar is good for getting rid of nasty scents....and of course hydrogen peroxide for organic stains. Baking soda in the wash is good too.
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    I wash mine with everything else. I never really thought to wash them separately. I'm not much of a germophobe though.
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    i throw it all in. listen, i don't have a washer/dryer at my apartment, so i'm either hogging my boyfriend's washing machine or using the nearest laundry facility.. and that gets pricey when i'm already paying $1150/mo for rent on my little one bedroom. my work shoes, however, stay outside on my deck at all times unless they're on my feet.
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    The heat from the dryer will kill some bacteria and germs, so I don't worry about it. I'm not really a germophobe, either, though.


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