How often should you replace your scrubs?

Did you know that the modern-day scrubs evolved after World War 1 due to their comfort?

The fact that they’re easy to clean and maintain ultimately resulted in scrubs being widely adopted in the hospitals later in the 1970s. 

But how frequently should you replace your scrubs? 

The lifespan of a set of scrub depends on various factors, including the durability of the fabric, how often you wear them, and the type of conditions they’re exposed to. 

With low-quality products, you can expect to replace them every six months or so when you start to see wear and tear. 

However, with high-quality scrubs, you can expect them to last longer, hence the price tag. 

Though they may seem expensive for a set of uniform scrubs, you need to understand that comfortable, good quality scrubs are an investment. 

They handle a lot of wear and also the harsh washing conditions far better. 

Here are some of the factors that affect the lifespan of your scrubs. 

Medical practitioner using computer

Scrub uniform Quality

Scrubs are worn day in and day out in an environment where cross-contamination is a strict no-no. 

You will have to wash your scrubs daily, and not like your regular clothes either. 

The scrubs you buy should be able to withstand everything you put them through. 

A good-quality scrub can last for a long time before experiencing wear and tear. 

However, the opposite is true in the case of low-quality scrubs. 

The colour may fade.

The material rips off easily.

Sometimes, the threads may even start to come loose. 

After one too many incidents, it’s already time to replace your scrubs.  

High-quality scrubs withstand much more than your run-of-the-mill scrubs, but they’re more expensive. 

However when you look at their performance, it is always better to invest in high-quality scrubs and replace them every few years instead of months. 

Scrub Usage Frequency

Your work schedule also plays an integral part in determining how frequently you replace your scrubs. 

If you are working full time, you scrubs tend to see more action than when you are working part-time or a few days a week. 

If you are working overtime or more than a set number of hours, you may need to have a set to change into midway through the shift too. 

Your scrubs lose their lustre and appeal gradually after every wash, and naturally you’ll have to wash them after every single use. 

Your Job Role

All medical personnel has to wear scrubs.

But for a nurse, especially someone in the ER or trauma room, you would be in contact with body fluids (notably blood) fairly frequently. 

This means you’ll be swapping out and washing your scrubs much more frequently. 

There may be days when you’d have to change scrubs multiple times during the day which means more washing, more wear, and more frequent replacement

Contamination Hazard

Surgical nurses come into contact with bodily fluids much more frequently than other personnel. 

They are also the ones who encounter patients with low immunity. 

In that case, they may also have to change into a clean pair of scrubs more frequently to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

This takes a toll on the scrubs, which then need to be replaced more frequently.

Doctors wearing scrub

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Wear and Tear

You must maintain a professional image with clean scrubs free from rips and loose seams. 

Apart from ensuring that you look professional, scrubs also protect you and your patients in a potentially dangerous environment where you’ll definitely come across hazardous substances. 

Ensure that you regularly check your scrubs for signs of wear and tear like loose threads.

Changes to the fit and colour which may indicate that the threads are going to expire.


With vigilance and close monitoring you’ll be able to work our a schedule that’s needed to replace your scrubs before they start looking shabby in the workplace.

But as always feel free to contact our uniform specialists for further advice when it comes to looking your best in your scrub uniforms.