How to Make Scrubs Smaller

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Medical scrubs are loose-fitting and comfortable.

Scrubs are a common and practical uniform generally used by doctors, nurses and surgeons. Made in a variety of colors and print designs, scrubs are manufactured to be cheap, clean and easily replaced. If your scrubs are a little too large, shrinking them using a washing machine and dryer is a quick way to bring them down to size. Remember that 100 percent cotton scrubs shrink faster and smaller than cotton/polyester scrubs.


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Step 1

Place the scrubs in your washing machine. Make sure to match like colors. Mixing light colors with dark colors or colored clothing with whites could cause the clothing dye to bleed, changing the original color of the scrubs.

Step 2

Change the settings on the washing machine to Regular/Heavy in warm to hot water. Remember: Hotter water will lead to greater wear on your scrubs but could aid in shrinkage. Then turn on the washing machine. Washing clothes using this method usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 3

Remove the scrubs from the washer when finished and place them in a machine dryer. Set the dryer to a medium to very hot setting. Start the dryer. Feel free to use a fabric softener dryer sheet.


Step 4

Remove the scrubs from the dryer and check their size. If they're too big, you can attempt to shrink them further. If they're too small, you can attempt to stretch them to fit by wearing them as you normally would.


Shrinking clothing is a process of trial and error. It may take several attempts before you get the fit you're looking for.



Perry Piekarski

Supported by his wit, charm and love for language, Perry Piekarski is a professional writer holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Piekarski is the former Executive Editor of Binge Gamer, a full-time sales associate at Best Buy and, whenever he has an extra moment, a freelance writer.