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.
Use Regular/Normal cycle with regular agitation and spin speed. This is the most vigorous wash cycle.
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
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 in sink with cold water and a gentle detergent.
Not Machine Washable
Do not Machine Wash. Check if dry clean washable.
Machine Wash Max 200° F
Maximum water temperature 200° F/95° C.
Machine Wash Max 160° F
Maximum water temperature 160° F/70° C.
Machine Wash Max 140° F
Maximum water temperature 140° F/60° C.
Machine Wash Hot
Maximum water temperature 120° F/50° C.
Machine Wash Warm
Maximum water temperature 105° F/40° C.
Machine Wash Cold
Maximum water temperature 85° F/30° C.