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WTF do those laundry symbols mean anyway?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

I like to think that I know what I’m doing when it comes to washing my clothes and unless the tag says ‘dry clean only’ then I don’t even think twice about it. Sometimes I’ll even cut the tag out if it bothers me…and then I kick myself in the butt later when I forget if it was dry clean only or not. Have you ever done that?

So I was doing laundry the other day and one of my loads contained a new item I hadn’t washed yet so I went to go look at the tag. No words. At all. Just symbols. And this wasn’t the first time that it happened. Typically, I would just continue on without hesitation, but I guess I hit the point where I just NEEDED to know what those laundry symbols meant.

If you are curious what all those laundry symbols mean, then here you go! Laundry symbols, decoded.

I was actually really glad that I finally decided to look this up. It might even be a good idea to print it out and hang it up somewhere in your laundry room for reference.

While we’re on the subject, here are a few laundry tips that I’ve learned over the years:

  • What is the permanent press cycle? From what I gather, it’s basically a cycle that is used for dress shirts and pants, synthetic fabrics & wrinkle-free items. It uses a warm wash with normal agitation followed by a slow and cold spin cycle that helps prevent wrinkles from forming.
  • How should I wash my lingerie? For bras I would recommend hand washing every 5-7 wears in lukewarm water using a gentle and alcohol-free detergent such as Forever New. Rinse in cool water and ALWAYS hang to dry. If you choose to use a washing machine, make sure to use the delicate cycle and put items into a mesh lingerie bag. NEVER put bras into the dryer. If you choose to use the dryer for your underwear then make sure to use low heat. *The key to making lingerie last is how well you take care of it.
  • How should I wash my gym clothes? Always wash gym clothes together and never wash them with other fabrics like towels or knits. This will ruin the specialty fabric of your workout gear. Post-workout, it is best to hang your sweaty clothes to dry instead of throwing them into a laundry basket where bacteria and mold can grow. If you are absolutely drenched in sweat you should probably wash the items right away to avoid the stench setting in. Always wash items in cool water and never use fabric softener. Hot water and fabric softener will break down the fibers in your gear, ruining the performance properties and will cause them to lose elasticity. If you’re a lil bit of a gym rat then it might be worth it to check out a laundry detergent made specifically for gym clothes like Rockin Green athletic wear soap. If you want some extra, smell-fighting power then use a little vinegar or baking soda in your wash. I always hang dry my gym clothes but if you choose to use a dryer, be sure to use a very low heat.

Happy laundering!