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Laundry Symbols

The washing labels on your clothes give you special instructions to help you keep your clothes looking their best. We’ve put together a handy guide so that you can see, at a glance, what all care symbols represent.  

Our Essential Guide to Wash Care Symbols

This guide explains what the washing and clothing care symbols on your garment labels say about how you should wash, dry, iron and bleach your clothes – taking you through all the essential steps of taking care of your wardrobe. The following wash care symbols cover how your garment should be cleaned:

Wash care symbol tips

Once you’ve washed your clothes, it’s just as important to dry them properly. The following wash care symbols explain whether it is safe to use a tumble dryer after washing your garment, and if so, which setting is appropriate.

wash care symbols tumble drying

If you prefer to dry your clothes naturally, the following clothing care symbols explain the best method to use without damaging your clothes:

clothing care symbols

Once your clothes are dry, ironing becomes a priority: these wash care symbols explain how (and whether) your clothes should be ironed.

What do wash care symbols mean?

If your whites are looking a bit drab and grey, you should check for these wash care symbols before attempting to use bleach. It is also important to check the label of your product to ensure you use it properly and take the necessary safety precautions.

Wash care symbols explained

Finally, some special garments are better off being taken care of by a professional; these wash care symbols cover whether your clothing should be dry cleaned.

Laundry wash care symbols

With this guide, you should be able to interpret your clothing labels with ease! For detailed advice on putting their advice into action, check out the rest of the laundry tips section here on the Breeze site.