Sure, most hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities are kept at pretty cool temperatures – but that doesn’t mean it still can’t get hot in those scrubs. Depending on where you work and what your duties are, you may be pretty active and do a lot of running around. Or you could be located somewhere that has hot, humid summers and hasn’t seen snow since . . . well, ever.
Regardless of why you’re hot – being hot in scrubs is uncomfortable. Who wants to work while they’re sticky, sweaty, and overheated? But when you’ve taken off your scrub jacket and everything else you can (safely) remove at work, what do you do if you’re still not getting cool?
Well, we’ve got just the thing to help keep you cool in your scrubs, whatever you may be doing. We’ve got 3 brands of scrubs that are lightweight and breathable, plus some simple tips that’ll cut down on the heat-factor.
The Coolest Nursing Scrubs
Although 100% cotton scrubs are the best – you can get the same lightweight breathability and coolness from blends that are at least 50% cotton, plus you get the durability, anti-wrinkle shield, and stain resistance of synthetics.
Dickies EDS Signature Scrub Set
Dickies quality scrubs with their highest blend of cotton – 55% cotton, 45% polyester. The V-neck top gives you double chest pockets with D-loops and side vents flexibility. The pants have an elastic waistband, three pockets, and a zip fly.
- 55% cotton, 45% polyester
- V-neck, double pocket top
- Cargo-style pant, elastic waistband, zip fly
In addition to buying cotton or high cotton blend fabric scrubs, there are a few more things you can do to keep the heat off. Want to see what are the best scrub jackets? We’ve got some here.
Tips On Staying Cooler In Your Scrubs
Choose A Looser Fit
A looser fit just lets more air in, feels less restrictive, and isn’t always against your body. You’ll get a looser fit with classic fit scrubs. The newer modern fit is tapered both in the tops and the pants. While it can definitely be flattering, anything that’s closer to your skin is going to be warmer.
Just keep in mind that a looser fit is OK as long as it’s not so baggy that your scrubs get in your way or expose a little more than you want to them.
Cotton is absolutely the lightest, most breathable, and durable fabric and has been for thousands of years. The scrubs we showed you blend and in our opinion still give you that cotton coolness with the performance of synthetics.
There are plenty of brands out there offering 100% cotton scrubs, one trade-off though is cotton can shrink, stains easily, and can really get wrinkly.
Newer moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabrics go a long way to keep the sweat off you while keeping you dry. There are scrubs made with these materials, but again, cotton still beats them. A better way to incorporate these fabrics is in your socks, underwear, and undershirts – as we’ll show you below.
Pretty simple – just wear the scrub top and forego any undershirt. You’ll get the most airflow and let that body heat escape without another shirt insulating it.
Both women and men can benefit from investing in some underwear made with the hi-tech moisture-wicking and drying fabrics we mentioned above. There’s nothing worse than having a swampy neither region while you’re on the go. Plus, men have it easier – no bra to deal with. We’ve got solutions for both.
- Hanes XTemp Boxer Briefs
- Champion Elite X-Temp Boxer Briefs
- Dickies Dri-Tech Socks
- Under Armor Women’s Essentials No-Show Socks
It’s too bad being hot just isn’t a state of mind – no it’s uncomfortable sweatiness. But you don’t have to sweat it out in your scrubs all day at work.
Just get you some cotton, or blended scrubs, cooling underwear, and skip the undershirt. Everyone will want to know why you’re so cool, calm, and collected. You can just tell them: cotton . . . and cooling underwear.