Clothing Label Decoder

Questions about clothing label symbols?

Wondering what the little symbols on the care tags in your clothes mean? Those laundry symbols tell you how to take care of your clothes, and in general, show the maximum treatment a garment can handle. Click on any symbol and we’ll tell you what it means.

  • Machine Washable

    Machine Washable

    Use Regular/Normal cycle with regular agitation and spin speed. This is the most vigorous wash cycle.

     

  • Permanent Press Wash Setting

    Permanent Press Wash Setting

    Use Permanent Press/Wrinkle Resistant washer setting, which usually has a cool down or cold spray before the reduced spin. This setting is for stain or wrinkle-resistant fabrics.

     

  • Gentle Wash Setting

    Gentle Wash Setting

    Use Gentle/Delicate washer setting (slow agitation and/or reduced wash time). This setting is for lingerie, machine-washable sweaters, and other delicate fabrics.

     

  • Hand Wash Only

    Hand Wash Only

    Hand wash only in sink with cold water and a gentle detergent.

     

  • Not Machine Washable

    Not Machine Washable

    Do not Machine Wash. Check if dry clean washable.

     

  • Machine Wash Max 200° F

    Machine Wash Max 200° F

    Maximum water temperature 200° F/95° C.

     

  • Machine Wash Max 160° F

    Machine Wash Max 160° F

    Maximum water temperature 160° F/70° C.

     

  • Machine Wash Max 140° F

    Machine Wash Max 140° F

    Maximum water temperature 140° F/60° C.

     

  • Machine Wash Hot

    Machine Wash Hot

    Maximum water temperature 120° F/50° C.

     

  • Machine Wash Warm

    Machine Wash Warm

    Maximum water temperature 105° F/40° C.

     

  • Machine Wash Cold

    Machine Wash Cold

    Maximum water temperature 85° F/30° C.

     

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