What Laundry Label Symbols Are Trying To Say You? Explained
Laundry symbol also known as care symbol is a pictogram that illustrates method of washing, dry-cleaning and ironing the clothing. These symbols are written on labels called care labels. And these care labels are indicators of how the specific cloth should be washed.
However, these symbols vary according to the different regions either in the form of written care instructions or pictogram coexist. These symbols are the best way to represent the method of washing, drying, bleaching and ironing the clothes. You might have once, twice or multiple times seen those laundry symbols in your life but have you ever wondered what those laundry symbols on tag inside your clothes actually mean?
Obviously, no one takes out time to figure out what a circle inside of a square with two lines underneath means. But you need to know about those symbols to protect your washing machine from Sub Zero Appliances Repair or damage to cloth.
Well, our helpful tips for you to become fluent in laundry dialect. Let’s discuss the symbols one by one so that once you know, you can memorize each and every icon to detect the theme.
Clothes Washing Machine Symbols
- The symbol envelope on cloth tag is telling you to hang dry that item.
- The symbol “no candy” or “bow ties not allowed” on cloth tag is telling you to spin dry that article of clothing.
- The symbol with one dot in the bucket filled with water tells you to machine wash clothes in cold water. It is the washing temperature symbol used to denote the required water temperature necessary for clothing. Single dot indicates cold water, double dot shows warm water and three dots show wash clothes in hot water.
- The symbol with one dot in the bucket filled with water with one line below the bucket tells you to machine wash clothes in cold water with Permanent Press.
- The symbol with one dot in the bucket filled with water and two parallel lines below the bucket tells you to wash clothes in cold water with Gentle Cycle.
- The symbol with two dots in washing bucket and one line below it shows that wash the clothes in warm water machine with Gentle Permanent Press.
- The symbol with three dots in water-filled bucket shows to use the hot water. Keep in mind single line below the bucket indicates Permanent Press and two lines indicate Gentle Cycle.
- The symbol with one water-filled bucket and cross sign on it tells you to do not wash that item.
- The symbol with one water-filled bucket and hand wash above it tells you to hand wash the item.
- Triangle symbol on the cloth tag says that bleach the cloth as needed. Any type of bleach whether its Clorox can be used.
- Triangle symbol with two diagonal lines on cloth tag says that non-chlorine bleach should be used as needed. It also says to use the color-safe bleach.
- Background black filled color in the triangle with a cross sign on it is a strong indication of Do Not Bleach. No bleach product should be used to wash that particular cloth. Or you can also follow the bleach package test procedures to test for bleach safety.
- Symbol with one square and black filled circle inside it shows that tumble dry the cloth with No Heat.
- Symbol with one square box and black filled circle inside and one line under the square indicates “Tumble Dry- Permanent Press, No Heat” while two lines indicate Gentle Cycle.
- One square with one circle having single, double or triple dots inside it indicate that Tumble Dry at Low Heat, Medium Heat and High Heat respectively.
- Square with one circle inside it and cross sign shows that “Do Not Tumble Dry.”
- Square with hemisphere on topside of the square shows that Line Dry.
- Square with three parallel vertical lines says that Drip Dry the cloth.
- Square with one horizontal line says that Dry Flat.
- Square with two parallel lines on the left corner of the box shows that dry the cloth in Shade.
- Iron symbol with one dot inside it shows that iron the cloth with steam or dry with low heat.
- Iron symbol with two dots indicate to iron the cloth with Steam or dry with Medium Heat.
- Iron symbol with three dots indicates that iron that particular Dry Cloth with High Heat and Steam.
- Iron symbol with cross sign below the iron will tell you that Do Not Iron the cloth with steam.
- Iron symbol with cross sign on the iron strongly dictates to Do Not Iron the specific item.
Dry Cleaning Instructions
- Symbol with circle shape indicates to Dry Clean the cloth or additional letters to take the item to professional drycleaner.
- Symbol with large circle and cross sign on it shows that “Do Not Dry Clean”.
For further clear understanding please see the laundry symbols chart below.