Cleaning Clothes & Tags

What the tags on your clothes mean. Tonight is laundry night.

Which may not sound like a big deal, but when you live in an apartment building it can turn into quite the production.

I was in the middle of sorting laundry / looking at tags when I thought, "How many people know what these symbols mean?"

There is no reason you would know unless someone told you. Some of them are intuitive while others seem completely random. I sometimes get tripped up or forget, so I decided to create a quick cheat sheet. Here is a list of symbols with what they mean:

An empty triangle means you can use any bleach.

Black triangle with an x through it

A dark triangle with a "x" through the center means do not bleach.

bucket of water with a x through it

The symbol that looks like a bucket of water with a "x" through it means do not wash.

Box with three vertical lines in it

A square with three vertical lines means drip dry the garment.

Square with one horizontal line in the middle

A square with one horizontal line means dry the item flat.

Bucket with one line under

The symbol that looks like a bucket with one line underneath means use the gentle cycle.

bucket with a hand reaching inside

A bucket with a hand reaching in means hand wash the item.

circle with three dots in the center

A circle with three dots in the center means dry the garment on high heat.

circle with two dots in the center

A circle with two dots in the center means dry the garment on medium heat.

circle with one dot in the center

A circle with one dot in the center means dry the garment on low heat.

iron with three dots in the center

An iron with three dots in the center means iron the item at a high temperature.

iron with two dots in the center

An iron with two dots in the center means iron the item at a medium temperature.

iron with one dot in the center

An iron with one dot in the center means iron the garment at a low temperature.

iron with a x under it

Finally, an iron with two lines under it with an "x" means do not steam the garment when ironing.

There are a number of other symbols, but those are some of the basics! Any symbols give you a hard time when you are sorting laundry?