How do YOU wash your scrubs and/or volunteer jacket?

Gauss44

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It occurred to me that it may be unethical to just drop it off at the laundromat with all of my other laundry since I don't wash my own clothes.

If you use color safe bleach, do you know if color safe bleach is as effective at killing germs as regular bleach?

If allowed on here, I could really use specific suggestions of what products to use, or what active ingredients to look for, and how to use them. PMing is fine.
 
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I don't normally get so covered in filth that it is a problem, so I wash them with my regular clothes. Only once did I wash them alone, twice.
 

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I wash my uniforms with all my other clothes every time. I've never separated them out, and I'm going to guess my stuff is nastier, and dirtier than yours (paramedic/police officer). Never had an issue.

Unless you're coming back from Western Africa working directly with Ebola patients don't be a ***** and just wash you clothes :)
 
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Wash my jacket? And lose that classic scent?
 
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Gauss44

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Wow, other forums I visited online seemed much more cautious mentioning issues of home and laundromat water temperatures not getting hot enough to kill some germs, contaminating other people's laundry, safety of workers at laundromat (who's kids help fold clothes), mrsa and c diff only can be killed with non-color safe bleach, etc. Some nurses online even mentioned storing their dirty scrubs in plastic bags in the garage so they don't bring germs in the house before washing. (Yes, I work in Acute emergency care around blood, etc, but somehow have never been trained to do my laundry.)

Pete Clat: For my other clothes (non-scrubs/volunteer jacket), I use a service called, "wash dry fold." They charge a certain amount per pound and wash all my clothes for me. I just drop them off in a big bag every week and pick them up a couple days later.
 

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Wow, other forums I visited online seemed much more cautious mentioning issues of home and laundromat water temperatures not getting hot enough to kill some germs, contaminating other people's laundry, safety of workers at laundromat (who's kids help fold clothes), mrsa and c diff only can be killed with non-color safe bleach, etc. Some nurses online even mentioned storing their dirty scrubs in plastic bags in the garage so they don't bring germs in the house before washing. (Yes, I work in Acute emergency care around blood, etc, but somehow have never been trained to do my laundry.)
Hopefully your clothes aren't so thoroughly colonized that it's an issue. Soap and water are enough to carry most bacteria away.
 

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Wow, other forums I visited online seemed much more cautious mentioning issues of home and laundromat water temperatures not getting hot enough to kill some germs, contaminating other people's laundry, safety of workers at laundromat (who's kids help fold clothes), mrsa and c diff only can be killed with non-color safe bleach, etc. Some nurses online even mentioned storing their dirty scrubs in plastic bags in the garage so they don't bring germs in the house before washing. (Yes, I work in Acute emergency care around blood, etc, but somehow have never been trained to do my laundry.)
Lol I'm sorry, this made me laugh. You have seriously got to learn to do your own laundry... this is incredible.
 

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The hospital I work provides us with scrubs so I just take some home and if they're dirty I can just change at the hospital.
 

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Volunteer jacket? I have a volunteer polo.
 

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Just use detergent. It's enough to get rid of any fomite-transferred germ. If you don't think that's enough, give your scrubs a quick lysol before throwing it in the wash, or see if your hospital has blacklight boxes for scrubs. The labs probably will.
 

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It occurred to me that it may be unethical to just drop it off at the laundromat with all of my other laundry since I don't wash my own clothes.

If you use color safe bleach, do you know if color safe bleach is as effective at killing germs as regular bleach?

If allowed on here, I could really use specific suggestions of what products to use, or what active ingredients to look for, and how to use them. PMing is fine.
10M HCl works solid imho
 
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Scrubs in their own load in the laundry (with two of us wearing scrubs it doesn't take long to get a load so why not)