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How do you clean your scrubs/workwear? Is there a special way to make sure that your scrubs are bad bacteria free? I bought these laundry steam balls that you put in the drier with your clothes. I just want to make sure that I'm not spreading anything to my family. Feel free to give tips to share with everyone. I'm sure a lot of people would benefit from it.

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NotReady4PrimeTime has 25 years experience as a RN and works as a RN, CNCCP(C).

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Hot water, detergent, friction and the heat of the dryer are enough to kill just about anything you might get on your clothes. That's all hospital laundries do with the grossly-soiled stuff they get. I think our society has gone too far overboard with the antimicrobial, germ-free, sterile-everything goal. What will our immune systems do without a little workout every now and then?

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Hot water, detergent, friction and the heat of the dryer are enough to kill just about anything you might get on your clothes. That's all hospital laundries do with the grossly-soiled stuff they get. I think our society has gone too far overboard with the antimicrobial, germ-free, sterile-everything goal. What will our immune systems do without a little workout every now and then?

You're right. I don't even use anti-bacterial hand soap. Do you wash your scrubs along with other clothes? I know I sound like a germaphob, I swear I'm not! lol

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NotReady4PrimeTime has 25 years experience as a RN and works as a RN, CNCCP(C).

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All my laundry goes in together. (Sorted by colour, of course.) My son is immunosuppressed (transplant recipient) and has never come down with anything I might have brought home from work, even though I work ICU where we see a LOT of highly pathogenic or multi-drug resistant bugs. I don't even think about it.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Yup, my uniforms go into the machine with whatever else needs washing.

I do use clorox wipes on my shoes. It doesn't even hurt the leather

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Silverdragon102 has 30 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Me too my stuff goes in with hubby's stuff and he is still living (although not sure how cos I have nearly killed him a couple of times :))

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Yup, my uniforms go into the machine with whatever else needs washing.

I do use clorox wipes on my shoes. It doesn't even hurt the leather

I clorox my shoes too... as soon as I am home I strip down and through all in the wash... hot water and tide works great.

Even as a Lab Assistant, I have done this routine for years now.

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Daisy_08 has 5 years experience and works as a RN.

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i wash mine in hot separately because i don't wash my other clothes in hot or put them in the dryer. i also try and snag a virox wipe for my shoes when i can.

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ruralgirl08 works as a RN.

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I wash scrubs with my other clothes too, sort by colours, but if there are enough for a load I wash them separately. I prefer to hang my clothes out on the line in the summer. Mostly because I love to use a clothes line, but I also like to think UV light from the sun helps disinfect everything just a little. :)

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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I wash scrubs with my other clothes too, sort by colours, but if there are enough for a load I wash them separately. I prefer to hang my clothes out on the line in the summer. Mostly because I love to use a clothes line, but I also like to think UV light from the sun helps disinfect everything just a little. :)

Never mind the sun bleaching the scrubs, just think of the smell. That's one of the best smells in the world. Laundry dried outside.

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NotReady4PrimeTime has 25 years experience as a RN and works as a RN, CNCCP(C).

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I'd love to be able to hang my clothes on the line. But our yard isn't very cooperative, between the garage, the trees, the hill, the fence... there isn't anywhere to put a line except one of those umbrella style arrangements, which would do me fine but DH forbids it. He doesn't have to manoeuvre the lawn mower around the post. Too bad they can't deploy him somewhere so I could sneak one in...

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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Hah, I have one of those whirly ones. Tell him, he can collapse it and take it down when he cuts the grass.

I just leave mine in and make sure to duck under the washing if there is any on the line on the day's I cut the lawn.

I think I'm head up to Fort Sakatachewan to kidnap a sheep. Honest, I'd take it back at the end of grass season.

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