If you want to be independent...

If you want to be independent…

Many men, when they want to take matters in their own hand, want to become independent and able to do everything by themselves. However, one of the things they find most puzzling is doing laundry according to the symbols on the clothes’ labels. These symbols might look alien, but once you make sense of them and decode their logic, they make sense and you won’t have a problem washing your clothes.

They are divided into a few main categories: Washing, bleaching, drying, ironing, etc.

In this guide, we look together at these clothing care symbols, their names and meanings:

 

 

Washing

Machine Wash, Normal

Machine Wash, Normal – This symbol means that the piece may be laundered through the use of very hot water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed with this purpose in mind

Machine Wash, Cold

Machine Wash, Cold – If you see this sign, you must make sure that the initial water temperature does not exceed 30 degrees C or 65 to 85 degrees F

Machine Wash, Warm

Machine Wash, WarmMachine Wash, Warm – On the other hand, if you see this sign you must make sure that the initial washing water temperature does not exceed 40 degrees C or 105 degrees F

Machine Wash, Hot

Machine Wash, Hot2

Machine Wash, Hot – This symbol means that the  initial water temperature must not be warmer than 50 degrees C or 120 degrees F

Note: The number inside the symbol can go up to 90, respectively 6 bullets, if the temperature is not marked numerically. Also note that the system of dots that indicates the temperature range is the same for all washing procedures.
Machine Wash, permanent pressMachine Wash, Permanent Press – If you see this symbol, you should know that it means that the garment can be machine laundered only on the setting specially designed to preserve Permanent Press with cool down or cold rinse prior to reduced spin

Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate

Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate – Garments that feature this sign may be machine laundered only on the setting specially designed for gentle agitation and/or reduced time for delicate items

Hand Wash

Hand Wash – Sorry guys, but this symbol warns you that the piece may be laundered only through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation

Do Not Wash

Do Not Wash – This symbol means that the garment might get damaged if washed. Usually, garment that feature this symbol also come with dry cleaning instructions

 

 

 

Bleaching

Note: Almost all washable textiles are safe in one type of bleach or another. In case bleach is not mentioned or represented by a symbol, you can make use of any type of bleach.

Bleach When NeededBleach When Needed – This symbol means that you can bleach the garments when it needs to be bleached and that you can make use of any commercial bleaching product

Non-Chlorine Bleach When NeededNon-Chlorine Bleach When Needed – This symbol indicates that you can use only a non-chlorine, color-safe bleach in the laundering process. Do not use any kind of chlorine-bleach

Do Not BleachDo Not Bleach – This symbol means that no bleach product may be used in the washing of the piece. The reason is that the garment is either not colorfast or structurally able to withstand any bleach.

 

 

 

Drying

Tumble Dry, NormalTumble Dry, Normal  This symbol indicates that a machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest temperature setting

Tumble Dry, Normal, Low HeatTumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat – This sign symbolizes that you can use machine dryer regularly used at the maximum of Low Heat setting

Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium HeatTumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat – This symbol means that you can use a machine dryer  at a maximum of Medium Heat setting

Tumble Dry, Normal, High HeatTumble Dry, Normal, High Heat – This symbol lets you know that you can use a machine dryer  at a High Heat setting

Tumble Dry, Normal, No HeatTumble Dry, Normal, No Heat – If you see this symbol, you can only use a machine dryer only at No Heat or Air Only setting

Note: The dots system indicating temperature range is the same for all dry procedures.

 

Tumble Dry, Permanent PressTumble Dry, Permanent Press – This symbol indicates that you can use a machine dryer only at the Permanent Press setting

Tumble Dry, GentleTumble Dry, Gentle – The meaning of this symbol is that you can use a machine dryer regularly, but only at the Gentle setting

Do Not Tumble DryDo Not Tumble Dry – This symbol indicates that you cannot use a machine dryer, otherwise your garment might get ruined. This symbol is generally accompanied by an alternate drying method symbol

Do Not DryDo Not Dry – This symbol means that you may not use a machine dryer. It is usually accompanied by another symbol that indicates the drying method

Line DryLine Dry – This symbol indicates that you should hang damp the garment from line or bar, in- or outdoors

Drip DryDrip Dry – If you see this symbol, you should not shape or smooth the garment by hand, but let it  hang dripping when wet from a line or bar, in- or outdoors

Dry FlatDry Flat – This symbol indicates that you should lay out garment flat for drying. you will find it mostly on sweaters

Dry In ShadeDry In Shade – This symbol tells you that you should dry the garment away from direct sunlight. It is mostly added to the Line or Drip Dry symbols

 

 

Wringing

Do Not WringDo Not Wring – Just do not wring the piece

 

 

 

Ironing

Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or DryIron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry – This sign lets you know that regular ironing may be needed and may be performed at any temperature with or without steam

Iron, LowIron, Low – This symbol indicates that you can iron the garment regularly, with steam or dry, but only at the Low setting (110 degrees C, 230 degrees F)

Iron, MediumIron, Medium – If you see this picture, you may iron the garment regularly, seam or dry at the Medium setting (150 degrees C, 300 degrees F)

Iron, HighIron, High – This image indicates that ironing may be performed, both steam or dry, at the High setting (200 degrees C, 290 degrees F)

Note: Once again, the dots system indicating temperature range is the same for all ironing procedures.

 

Do Not SteamDo Not Steam – This sign let you know that you should dry iron the garment at the indicated temperature and avoid steam ironing, as it may harm the piece

Do Not IronDo Not Iron – This symbol indicates that the garment may not be finished or smoothed with an iron

 

 

 

Dry cleaning

Dry CleanDry Clean – This symbol indicates that you can dry clean the garment and use any cycle, any moisture, any heat and any solvent

Dry Clean, Any SolventDry Clean, Any Solvent – This image indicates that you may dry clean the garment with any solvent and is usually used with other restrictions

Dry Clean, Petroleum Solvent OnlyDry Clean, Petroleum Solvent Only – This symbol lets you know that you can dry clean the garment using only petroleum solvent and is usually used with other restrictions

Dry Clean, Any Solvent Except TrichloroethyleneDry Clean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene – This picture means that you may use any solvent when dry cleaning the garment, besides trichloroethylene

Dryclean, Short CycleDry Clean, Short Cycle – A short dry clean cycle should be used for garments that feature this picture. This may image be used with A, F or other restrictions

Dryclean, Reduced MoistureDry Clean, Reduced Moisture – This symbol indicates that the garment should be dry cleaned with reduced moisture

Dry Clean, Low HeatDry Clean, Low Heat – This picture indicates that the garment may be dry cleaned, but only at low heat levels. This symbol may come together with A, F or P restrictions

Dry Clean, No SteamDry Clean, No Steam – This symbol indicates that you should dry clean the item, but without steam. This symbol may come together with A, F or P restrictions

Do Not Dry CleanDo Not Dry Clean – This image indicates that the garment may not be commercially dry cleaned

Note: Dry cleaning symbols are usually read by professional dry cleaners. You ca still memorize them though, to make sure your clothes get proper treatment.

 

There you have it! Now you know what these weird symbols mean and know how to take proper care of your clothes. Clothes that are well maintained last longer and are stronger. If you have any doubts, come back to the guide and check what a symbol means – you don’t want to get it wrong!

 

Fraquoh and Franchomme

 

 

 

 

 

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