Extend the life of your clothes by making sure you're caring for them properly
Below is a chart of all of the laundry care symbols that you may see on your clothing's tags. Some laundry symbols are straight forward while others look like alien hieroglyphics so we put them all in one place to make life easy. For more details on the reason behind each of the care instructions - like why wool can't go in the dryer - check out our Guide to Clothing Care Labels.
The washing symbols are used to intruct you how to wash the clothing item.
The tub icon lets you know exactly how to wash the garment with underscored lines indicating the recommended cycle and black dots representing water temperature. An X, of course, warns to not machine wash at all.
The washing symbols can also give you an idea for temperature, indicated by the number of dots in the tub of water symbol, whereas different cycle types are represented by a tub with one or two lines drawn under it.
Ironing symbols will recommend exactly how to iron your clothing. The black dots inside the iron symbol represent the temperature, while an X over the iron means you should not iron the garment.
For drying symbols, first determine whether the item should be air or tumble dried. The lines inside the square will tell you how an item should be air dried, while the dots inside the square indicate the recommended heat setting if you are using a machine to dry your clothes.
Dry Cleaning Symbols
Relative to the other symbols, dry cleaning symbols are a little easier to understand. They will help you determine if an item should or should not be dry cleaned or if you should opt for a wet cleaning.
Now that you know what your clothes' laundry symbols mean, you'll have a better chance of not shrinking or damaging your clothes. When it comes to clothing maintenance, the fine print matters. If you're pressed for time or unsure of specific treatment requirements, consider scheduling a Rinse laundry pickup and let us take the guesswork out of your laundry.