Certified nurse assistants often fall in love with their uniforms. Some have one or two smocks or pants that they adore and will wear until they fall apart! These uniforms are built to take a beating and they are perfect for CNAs. Ask any CNA about her uniform and they are bound to have a favorite ensemble.
Almost all CNA uniforms are the same as what nurses have used for many years. The very best pants are of a lightweight, breathable material in white. These types of pants dry quickly when wet, do not stain easily, and can be bleached. Colored pants, while available, will fade in a wash that has bleach. With the amount of infectious matter that CNAs come into contact with, it is advisable to buy white pants.
Smocks come in many different forms. Some of the best have multiple pockets. Aides need pockets! From carrying your care plan to having a big bottle of peri-wash ready at all times, pockets are an aide’s best friend.
Speaking of peri-wash, we all know that the pump spray bottles of pink stuff helps wash away many messes. It is easy on the skin and fights odor causing bacteria. But, did you know that peri-wash is also a great stain fighter? It’s true!
Sooner or later you will find yourself with something on your uniform. Urine, feces, blood, ink, food stains…anything. If you find that you have any of the above (or more) on your uniform, just take your trusty bottle of peri-wash and spray the stain well. Rub with a denture or nail brush, then wipe with a wet paper towel. If the stain is still there, repeat. Once the stain is gone, pat with a dry paper towel. The beauty of uniform pants is that they dry very quickly, by the end of your shift you will probably forget you ever had a stain.
The beauty of uniform pants is that they dry very quickly, by the end of your shift you will probably forget you ever had a stain.Peri-wash can be used at home in your own laundry. You can find peri-washes on Amazon.com at low prices and also buy in bulk. For home use, soak stains with the spray, work in with a brush as described above, then launder as usual. You can buy some brands in one gallon containers direct from the maker – Colonial Medical offers this option for about $15 per gallon.