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Lives of Doctor Wives: Laundry: White lab coats

Monday, March 30, 2009

Laundry: White lab coats

For me the white lab coats are a nightmare, they get stains and then on top of that I have to iron them etc...
Anyone have good laundry tips for them?



Blogger Allison said...

Yes! We just take them to the dry cleaners most of the time! But, I have found that Zout is an awesome stain remover. (It's in a red bottle just like shout.) It even took blood out of JM's favorite sweatshirt.

March 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha! I think this is every med-school wife's dilemma!!! Thank goodness they get cleaned for them in residency!!!

March 30, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Leidy said...

My husband is a PGY3 and they dont clean them for him! I guess it depends what hospital they get a residency in. I hope they clean them for him during fellowship.

March 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Oxyclean anyone? I love that stuff, make a paste and rub some on stains, or soak the entire coat in a solution of it. Works great on colors too!

March 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

Wow, Jennifer, complimentary dry cleaning...how wonderful! We're not as blessed here....oh well, you win some, you lose some. ;-)

Spray-n-Wash Stain stick and the Clorox bleach pen are my very best laundry friends. Oh, Lex, I do LOVE oxyclean, it works great on vomit/poo covered newborn/toddler clothes.

March 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger --Leann-- said...

Peroxide works well on blood stains (provided your hubby tells you that day, instead of days later).

We have never had to iron a coat. I dont iron. They look just fine without it.

Wash in cold until the stain is out, hot water will set it.

And, my favorite trick..

Belive it or not, but a little sunshine will bleach out ANY stain. I've laid B's coat out on the patio table/draped over a chair on the patio/even just laid near a sunny window... and had tough stains disappear without any effort on my part.


(oh. the hospital my hubby is out doesnt launder any of their doc's coats. not even the attendings. sorry to burst your bubble.)

March 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness my husband has that cleaning service at the hospital...I'm useless when it comes to cleaning it because he is useless about taking care of it. I would try to keep it clean in med school, but he drove me mad because he refused to hang it up and would just throw it in his nasty truck. ARGH!! I'm so sorry to hear that you don't all have cleaning in residency. It is definitely a plus as it keeps me from blowing up at him about his dirty white coat. :)

March 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Ha ha - you all are so funny - I've never had to clean Drew's - he takes care of it! But after reading about it I'm glad I don't have to worry about it!

March 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Sorry, no tips. Hubs is a PGY-2 Psychiatry, so he doesn't get much blood and guts on his coat....if he even wears his coat!

We're lucky. He has several and I usually only have to wash them once a month or so.

March 30, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Doc's Girl said...

I wash them on their own, use lots of oxyclean/bleach, put detergent on the ends of the arms (where the most stains are--and I let them soak for a while)...and then whip out the sewing kit when they are dried because the pockets are usually torn to shreds. :-P

March 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Davita said...

No cleaning service here either. I wish!! I don't know why I never thought about the sun. Especially considering that we use cloth diapers and I regularly hang the diapers to dry. Thanks for the reminder!!

April 2, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

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