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Medical scrubs are made from a variety of materials to cater to the needs of healthcare professionals. These materials must balance comfort, durability, ease of cleaning, and cost. Here are some common materials and combinations used to make scrubs:

1. **Cotton**:
– **Pros**: Breathable, soft, and comfortable against the skin. It’s a natural fiber, which many people prefer.
– **Cons**: Can wrinkle easily and may shrink upon washing. Pure cotton might not be as durable as blends, and it can retain moisture.

2. **Polyester**:
– **Pros**: Durable, wrinkle-resistant, and generally retains color well. It can also be more fluid-resistant than cotton.
– **Cons**: Less breathable than cotton, which might be less comfortable for some, especially in warmer environments.

3. **Cotton-Polyester Blends**:
– Combines the best of both materials. It often has the comfort of cotton with the durability and wrinkle-resistance of polyester. The ratio of cotton to polyester can vary, with common blends including 65% polyester/35% cotton or 50/50 splits.
– These blends often strike a balance between comfort, durability, and ease of care.

4. **Spandex or Elastane**:
– Often added in small amounts (e.g., 2-5%) to other materials to give scrubs a slight stretch. This can make them more comfortable and allow for a more contoured fit without restricting movement.

5. **Rayon**:
– **Pros**: Adds softness and breathability to scrubs. It’s a semi-synthetic fiber made from processed wood pulp.
– **Cons**: Less durable than polyester and can wrinkle easily.

6. **Lyocell (often known by the brand name Tencel)**:
– Derived from wood cellulose, it’s breathable and has a soft, smooth finish. It’s also biodegradable and eco-friendly.
– Often blended with other materials to improve the overall feel and performance of scrubs.

When choosing scrubs, healthcare professionals often look for materials that are:
– Easy to clean and can handle frequent washing at high temperatures without fading or deteriorating.
– Durable and resistant to wear and tear.
– Comfortable for long shifts, providing breathability and freedom of movement.

Given the demanding nature of healthcare settings, it’s essential for scrubs to perform at a high standard, which is why material selection is crucial. Manufacturers are continually innovating and experimenting with new fabric blends to find the perfect combination that meets all of these needs.

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