Baffled by the numerous laundry symbols on clothes? Yeah, we know! We know how overwhelming these symbols can be and not knowing them can reduce the life span of your cloth. But not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Come with us, let’s get to know our laundry symbols, we’ll start with the washing symbols.
(1) THE MACHINE WASHABLE SYMBOL:
This symbol looks like a bucket, filled with water. It tells you that the cloth can be washed in the washing machine.
(2) THE COLD MACHINE WASHABLE SYMBOL:
This symbol tells you that the cloth can be washed in the washing machine with cold water of 30 degrees. It looks like a bucket filled with water with a dot or with 30 degrees written.
(3)THE WARM MACHINE WASHABLE SYMBOL:
For this symbol, it has two dots, showing that the fabric is to be washed in warm water or 40 degrees. Sometimes, the ‘’40 degrees’’ is written on it instead of two dots.
(4) THE HOT WASH MACHINE WASHABLE SYMBOL:
When you see a bucket filled with the water symbol, it indicates the fabric can be washed in hot water of 60 degrees, and in a washing machine too. You’ll either see the three dots or 60 degrees.
(5) THE HAND WASH SYMBOL:
When you see this symbol on your fabric, know that your fabric is to be washed with hands not washing machine. It comes as a bucket filled with water like the other symbols examined above but with a hand in it; as if testing the water.
(6) DO NOT MACHINE WASH SYMBOL:
In this symbol, the bucked filled with water is cancelled, indicating that the fabric is not to be washed with a washing machine. Washing it with a washing machine may damage the fabric or reduce its life span.
(7) THE DO NOT WRING SYMBOL:
When you see a symbol looking like the two ends of wrapped candy with the cancelled mark on it, it means that you are not to squeeze the fabric when washing.
(8) THE DO NOT BLEACH SYMBOL:
This symbol is as simple and straight forward as the name ‘’DO NOT BLEACH’’ is. It is simply depicted as a cancelled triangle.
(9) THE DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH SYMBOL:
Chlorine is harmful to some fabrics. So, when you use this symbol on your fabric, know that you are not to use chlorine bleach on it. It means that you can use bleach but not bleach that contains chlorine as the fabric repels chlorine, it will be damaged if it comes in contact with chlorine.
(10) THE USE BLEACH SYMBOL:
When the fabric does not repel bleach, either chlorine or not, you will see this triangle symbol on your fabric.
(11) TUMBLE DRY SYMBOLS:
Now we are done with washing, it’s time to dry! The tumble dry symbol is depicted as a cycle in a square. When it comes with one dot in the circle, it means tumble dry on low heat, with two dots means tumble dry on medium heat while three dots means tumble dry on high heat. And when the symbol is cancelled, it means do not tumble dry the fabric.
(12) THE DRIP DRY LAUNDRY SYMBOL:
So you either tumble dry or you drip-dry your fabric, and when this symbol is on your fabric, know that you are not to squeeze or tumble dry the fabric, just spread it to drip and dry.
(13) THE HANG TO DRY SYMBOL:
It’s not an envelope, it’s a laundry symbol telling you to hang your fabric when you want to dry it, not tumble dry or drip dry.
(14) IRONING LAUNDRY SYMBOLS:
It comes looking like a pressing iron with one dot on it telling you that you can iron the fabric but on cool or low heat. With two dots tells you to iron on medium heat and three dots tell you to iron on hot or high heat. When the ironing symbol is cancelled it means do not iron.
(15) NO STEAMING SYMBOL:
This symbol looks like the ironing symbol but it has two arrows under that are cancelled and it means that the fabric doesn’t require you to steam iron it.
Did you learn anything? Knowing your laundry symbols will ensure that you manage and maintain your fabric well and get the best out of it. Your fabric is sure to last longer for you when you know these laundry symbols and are able to apply them accordingly.