Have you ever wondered what those icons on the tags of your clothing mean? I have created this handy laundry symbols printable that you can hang in your laundry room to help to decipher those strange hieroglyphs. I like to keep my laundry room organized, so I thought this would be a great addition!
Free Laundry Symbols Printable for Your Laundry Room
The symbols found on the tags of your clothing may seem indecipherable, but once you understand what the elements mean they are incredibly useful when washing your clothes. Hang this printable chart in your laundry room to help you understand the best way to launder your family’s clothes.
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What do the laundry symbols mean?
There is a method to the madness of washing instruction icons. The icon that looks like a tub filled with water stands for the washing machine. The square icon stands for the dryer. Triangles indicate bleaching instructions; circles indicate dry cleaning instructions. Finally, the iron icon is pretty self-explanatory.
Next, dots within these icons indicate temperature. If an icon has only one dot, that indicates that you should use a low temperature. The more dots are present, the higher the temperature you should use. Two examples: One dot within an iron icon means you should iron that article of clothing with a low heat iron. Three dots within a square means you should dry the piece with high heat. Make sense?
Lines underneath an icon indicate special circumstances for how to deal with that piece of clothing. You may need to use the permanent press or delicate cycles on your machine. Finally, a big X through an icon is the universal symbol for DO NOT!
When you know these basics, you can combine the icons to create a wide array of washing instructions all on one small tag!
So that you don’t have to memorize every washing symbol imaginable, I have made up this handy laundry symbols chart. The chart lists many common washing instruction icons, so you can refer to it as you are working on your laundry. I suggest framing the printable or clipping it to a clipboard, so it is easily accessible near your washer and dryer.
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