Clothing Washing Symbols Explained

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Did you know that clothes lose their durability, sheen and quality sooner than they should because many people don’t follow laundry instructions? Before throwing in your entire laundry pile into the washing machine, look for a small tag sewn inside each garment, usually along the side seams or in the collar area. This is the laundry care tag, the symbols on it will tell you exactly how to wash and care for your garment. Here’s a handy guide to understanding laundry care symbols
Clothing Washing Symbols Explained
Laundry symbols for washing
Machine wash with cold water.Machine wash with cold water. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle wash cycle.
Machine wash with warm waterMachine wash with warm water. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle wash cycle.
Machine wash with hot waterMachine wash with hot water. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle wash cycle.
Hand wash with or without washing powderHand wash with or without washing powder
Do not washDo not wash
 
Laundry symbols for bleaching
Safe to bleach with any bleaching productSafe to bleach with any bleaching product
Use non-chlorine bleaches onlyUse non-chlorine bleaches only
Do not bleachDo not bleach; do not use washing powder or liquid containing bleach
Laundry symbols for drying
Tumble-dry, low heatTumble-dry, low heat. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle dry cycle.
Tumble-dry, medium heatTumble-dry, medium heat. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle dry cycle.
Tumble-dry,  high heatTumble-dry,  high heat.
Tumble-dry,  high heatTumble-dry, no heat. The single underline indicates that you should use permanent press settings. The double underline indicates that you should use the gentle dry cycle.
Do not tumble dryDo not tumble dry
Line dryLine dry
Drip dryDrip dry
Dry flatDry flat
When you follow laundry care labels properly for all your clothes, you get to enjoy them for a long time. So the next time you do your laundry, don’t throw everything into the washing machine at once. Find the laundry care garment tag, check how the garment should be washed, and sort your laundry into separate piles. It takes a little more time and effort, but your clothes will thank you for it! 

 

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