Understanding laundry care icons

Care for your clothes by following the correct washing, ironing, drying instructions provided on the tags of your clothes. If you’ve ever wondered the icons actually mean, then wonder no more.

 Wash Symbols

The washtub icon tells you how the garment should be washed. The number inside the washtub is the maximum wash temperature. A bar underneath the washtub indicates that the garment should have mild treatment or washed using the Permanent Press setting. Two lines underneath the washtub indicate gentle or delicate treatment.

Normal wash – regular agitation and spin speed
Hand wash
Wash at a maximum of 40 degrees
Wash at a maximum of 60 degrees
Wash at a maximum of 95 degrees
Wash at a maximum of 40 degrees with mild treatment (or Permanent Press setting)
Wash at a maximum of 60 degrees with mild treatment (or Permanent Press setting)
Wash at a maximum of 95 degrees with mild treatment (or Permanent Press setting)
Do not wash
Do not wring

 Tumble Dry Symbols

The circle within a square icon gives information on tumble drying the garment. The system of dots indicates the acceptable temperature range

Tumble Dry
Do Not tumble dry
Tumble dry low heat
Tumble dry medium heat
Tumble dry with mild treatment (using Permanent Press setting)
Tumble dry delicate / gentle treatment

 

 Iron Symbols

The Iron symbol gives information on how the garment should be ironed. A system of dots indicates the acceptable temperature range for ironing.

Iron
Do not Iron
Iron low heat
Iron medium heat
Iron high heat

 Dry Clean Symbols

The circle icon gives information about how the garment should be dry cleaned. A letter within the circle tells you the type of chemical that can be used.

Dry clean
Do Not dry clean
Dry clean using any solvent
Dry clean using any solvent except Trichloroethylene
Dry clean using petroleum solvent only

 Bleach Symbols

The triangle symbol gives information about whether it is safe to bleach the garment.

Any bleach when needed
Do not bleach
Only non-chlorine bleach

 

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