What are scrubs made of?

Q: I am a housewife and I want to make a scrub for my daughter I’d like to know what are scrubs made of.

– Carlos Alfredo

A: Scrubs are typically made from a blend of materials designed to be durable, comfortable, and easy to clean. The specific composition can vary, but here are some common materials:

  1. Cotton: Many scrubs are partially made from cotton because it’s breathable and comfortable. However, 100% cotton scrubs can wrinkle easily and may shrink when laundered.
  2. Polyester: Polyester is durable, resistant to wrinkles, and doesn’t shrink, making it a common material for scrubs. It’s also quick-drying, which can be beneficial in a healthcare setting.
  3. Cotton-Polyester Blend: Many scrubs are made from a blend of cotton and polyester to combine the benefits of both materials. This blend can offer a good balance of comfort, durability, and ease of care.
  4. Spandex or Elastane: Some scrubs contain a small percentage of spandex or elastane for stretch, which can make the scrubs more comfortable and flexible to move in.
  5. Rayon: Rayon is another material sometimes used in scrubs. It’s breathable and has a soft, comfortable feel, but can wrinkle easily.
  6. Antimicrobial Fabrics: Some modern scrubs are made with fabrics treated with antimicrobial agents to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

When choosing scrubs, consider the type of fabric and how it will fit with your work demands. You’ll want a material that is comfortable to wear for long periods, easy to clean and maintain, and durable enough to withstand frequent laundering.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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