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Washing Instruction Symbols Explained

How to Decipher Laundry Care Symbols

Have you always wondered what those unlabeled icons on your washable goods mean?

Wonder no longer! Here���s an easy reference guide to help you figure out their instructions.


Machine Wash Normal

Machine Wash Permanent Press

Machine Wash Gentle

Hand Wash

Do Not Wash



A - Dry-clean Any Solvent

F - Dry-clean Petroleum Solvent Only

P - Dry-clean Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene

Do Not Dry-clean

Dry-clean Low Heat

Dry-clean No Steam

Dry-clean Reduced Moisture

Dry-clean Short Cycle


Iron Any Temperature Steam or Dry

Do Not Steam

Do Not Iron


Bleach When Needed

Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed

Do Not Bleach


Tumble Dry Normal

Tumble Dry Normal - No Heat

Tumble Dry Permanent Press

Tumble Dry Gentle

Tumble Dry Gentle - No Heat

Line Drying

Line Dry in Shade

Drip Dry

Dip Dry in Shade

Do Not Tumble Dry

Dry Flat

Dry Flat in Shade

Do Not Dry

Do Not Wring


If temperature is not specified by numbers, dots are used to indicate how hot settings should be.

.Cold / Low Heat

..Warm / Medium Heat

...Hot / High Heat


Washing Instruction Symbols Explained

shared by CraneandCanopy on Apr 08, 2013 in Home

Washing Instruction Symbols Explained

shared by CraneandCanopy on Apr 08, 2013 in Home


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An easy-to-read image that explains all of the fabric care symbols on clothing care labels. (Sometimes called "laundry care symbols" or "washing symbols") From Crane and Canopy.
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