Laundry Care Symbols Explained

Laundry symbols can be confusing. Especially if you’re not sure what to do with the information they provide.

The good news is that these symbols are actually simple and easy to understand once you know their meanings. They will save you time. Let me show you how it’s done.

Here is a quick laundry symbols chart to understand the symbols easily. You can also download a free printable laundry symbols chart in a pdf format

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“Machine wash” – Use this tag for items that are machine washable.

“Hand wash” – This tag instructs the user to hand wash the garment in cold water with a gentle detergent.

“Do not wash” – This tag instructs the user to keep the garment away from water.

“Dry clean only” – This tag requires the garment to be hand washed or dry cleaned.

“Do not dry clean” – This tag requires the garment to not dry clean the garment.

“Machine wash cold” – This tag instructs the user to use a machine and cold water for washing.

Laundry Care Symbols
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laundry symbols chart

“Do not iron” – This tag prevents the garment from being ironed, steamed, or heated in any other fashion.

“Wash with similar colors” – This care symbol instructs the user to only wash the garment with other garments of the same color or of a lighter tone of that color in order to avoid damaging the garment.

Machine wash cold separately” – Use this care symbol to separate the garment from others washed at the same time.

“No chlorine bleach” – For clothing that should not be bleached with chlorine bleach, use this care symbol.

“Machine dry” – Use this tag for items that are machine dryable.

“Line dry” – This care symbol instructs the user to hang up the garment in order to prevent it from being damaged by machine drying.

Tumble dry low” – This is the care symbol that directs the user to use low heat for machine drying.

Tumble dry medium” – This is the care symbol that directs the user to use medium heat for machine drying.

Tumble dry high” – This is the care symbol that directs the user to use high heat for machine drying.

“Do not tumble dry” – This tag instructs the user to line dry or air dry the garment instead of using a machine to do so.

“Drip-dry” – Some items can be hung up or laid flat after being washed, with instructions to drip dry them before they are placed in an enclosed area or bag.

“Dry flat” – This care symbol instructs the user to lay the garment out so it can be dried by air instead of machine drying.

“Do not wring” – This tag instructs the user not to use a washing machine’s spin cycle on the item, as it may cause damage.

“Separate colors” – For clothing that should be washed separately, use this care symbol.

“Wash inside out” – For clothing that should be washed inside out, use this tag.

“Machine wash” – Use this tag for items that are machine washable.

“Gentle wash” – This care symbol instructs the user to use a gentle detergent for washing.

“Do not bleach” – For clothing that should not be bleached at all, use this care symbol.

Hand wash only” – This tag requires the garment to be hand washed or dry cleaned.

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