Laundry Care Symbols Explained: Your Essential Wash Care Label Guide
Today’s article deciphers the cryptic wash care symbols found on the tags of your clothing. It is time to learn the significance behind those whacky laundry symbols. Continue reading to get a printable chart of laundry care symbols and their meanings. They’re actually there for a reason!
Laundry care symbols, listen up!
Laundry care symbols… oh how I once loathed thee. You always had good intentions and I know you were put on this Earth (and on my clothing labels) for good reason: to “guide” me when washing my favorite articles of clothing. Your funky messages were always in front of me so that I wouldn’t shrink, discolor or misshapen them. I appreciate your kind and purposeful gestures throughout the years, but to be honest with you, I never understood you.
It’s my own fault for not taking the time to study and understand your mysterious and confusing language. I have myself to blame for all the clothes I accidentally destroyed in the past. I never listened to you; instead I often ignored your quiet instructions, advice and warnings, and my clothes repeatedly paid the price. The sting is strong, but I am here to tell you that our relationship is about to improve.
It brings me great happiness to announce I have finally taken the time to learn more about your language. The discovery of a laundry care symbols chart has given me hope. I now have a laundering-hack tool of epic proportions. Your jargon will always be a wee-bit insane, but I am now prepared to follow your sage advice. Hopefully it will help me make better decisions with future washes!
Laundry care symbols
What are laundry care symbols?
Also known as wash care symbols, laundry care symbols are pictograms printed on clothing care labels (care tags). These labels typically state the fabric type and often include, in order, four symbols: washing, bleaching, ironing and drying. The symbols explain the best way to clean the clothing.
History of laundry care symbols
In 1963, to keep up to date with technical and ecological developments with textiles, the international textile and garment care organization GINETEX (Groupement Internationale d’Etiquetage pour l’Entretien des Textiles) was formed. Its founding members included the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Switzerland.
Soon after GINETEX’s formation, laundry care symbols were created and became registered trademarks in most countries. The Federal Trade Commission now enforces the Care Labeling Rule. There are also standards that manufacturers have to follow when using the symbols on their clothing labels.
Print this essential wash care label guide
Enough history – let’s get down to business with the essential wash care label guide. Created by ihateironing, this laundry symbols label guide lists some of the most common laundry symbols along with their meanings. It is beautifully simple!
To print this chart, click on the above image, or click here. After printing, put it in your laundry room and use it as a codebreaker for your laundry’s wash care symbols.
Change your laundering game! Stop guessing and stop messing. Put an end to washing all of your clothes in the same cycle. Print out this essential wash care label guide, follow its sound advice and do a happy dance. Ruining your clothing will soon be a thing of the past. Yay! 🙂
What do you think?
Let’s start a discussion – please share your thoughts!
- Will you use this laundry care symbols guide or do you consider it a waste of time?
- Am I weird for waiting until I was in my 30s to look this information up?
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When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.