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What do the washing symbols mean?

Every piece of clothing has them, though they sometimes look more like a secret code: the washing symbols and washing instructions on the inside of your T-shirt. In this article, I'll tell you about the meaning of the washing symbols on the washing label, and which washing cycle you should use for each symbol. If you follow the advice on the washing label and use the right cycle, you'll keep your clothes from shrinking and discoloring, which keeps them pretty for longer.

Wash at 40 degrees

Symbol wash at 40 degrees
  • Washing symbol meaning: wash at up to 40 degrees with a normal cycle.
  • Suitable washing cycle: all cycles up to 40 degrees.
  • Which piece of clothing has this label? Jeans.

Carefully wash to 40 degrees

Symbol wash gently to 40 degrees
  • Washing symbol meaning: wash carefully at up to 40 degrees with a cycle for delicate laundry or an anti-crease cycle.
  • Suitable washing cycle: delicate laundry, cycles at 20, 30, or 40 degrees.
  • Which piece of clothing has this symbol? Synthetic blouse.

Hand wash only

Symbol hand wash
  • Meaning of washing symbol: hand wash only. \ N * Suitable washing program: not suitable for use in the washing machine or dryer. \ N * Which garment has this symbol? Lingerie or silk blouse.

Don't wash or soak

Do not wash or soak the symbol
  • Washing symbol meaning: don't wash or soak.
  • Suitable washing cycle: not suitable for washing machines or dryers.
  • Which piece of clothing has this symbol? Genuine leather coat.

Dry at low temperature

Symbol drying at low temperature
  • Washing symbol meaning: dry at low temperature.
  • Suitable washing cycle: dry at up to 40 degrees.
  • Which piece of clothing has this symbol? Jeans.

Dry at normal temperature

Symbol drying at normal temperature
  • Washing symbol meaning: can be dried with a normal or hot cycle.
  • Suitable washing cycle: dry at up to 60 degrees.
  • Which piece of clothing has this symbol? Towels and bedding.

Don't dry in dryer

Do not dry in the dryer
  • Washing symbol meaning: don't dry in dryer.
  • Suitable washing cycle: not suitable for dryers.
  • Which piece of clothing has this symbol? Woolen sweater.

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