Washing care symbols aren’t complicated. You just have to understand their meaning, much like learning another language. So here’s a brief guide to understanding those funny little symbols. Not laugh out loud funny, but a little chuckle. No? Just us?
The grammar of laundry symbols is dots, lines and numbers. Most symbols will have none, one or two dots, or a temperature – 30, 40, etc – inside the symbol.
The more dots, the higher the temperature you can use. The lines appear under the symbol and show you how much spin to use. One line is weaker, two is stronger.
Lastly, and most importantly, if a symbol has a cross through it, you shouldn’t do that task (no machine washing, no ironing, no tumble drying, etc.).
The Actual Words
No-one wants to learn the grammar, though. So how about leaning just the symbols.
This shows the washing itself. If you learned your grammar it’ll be as easy as 1,2,3.
This shows whether you can use bleach. A plain triangle means any bleach can be used, while 2 lines within the triangle shows you can only use non-chlorine bleach.
This shows you how to dry your clothes. A circle inside means you can tumble dry, if the circle is filled in, then there should be no heat.If there is a single line inside the square, then the item should be dried flat, if there are three vertical lines, it should drip dry and if there is a curved line, it should be line dried.
This one’s pretty self-explanatory: the dots show how hot it should be. If there are funny squiggles coming out the bottom, with a cross through, then don’t use steam.
It’s the circle of life…sorry, dry cleaning. This is the easiest one. If your clothes need dry cleaning, just take it to the shop and let work it out.
Now you know how those little symbols work, you can wash your clothes more efficiently. Just make sure to use the right detergent for the occasion. Tide powder offers a superior clean hassle free. Just get the dosing right for the perfect wash.