- Three dots will let you iron, dry or steam the item up to a high temperature (200 oC / 290F).
- A crossed out iron means ironing should not be attempted.
Tumble Drying Laundry Symbols
- The tumble dryer icon (a square with a circle in the middle) indicates the clothing can be tumble or machine dried at any temperature.
- A tumble dryer with one dot indicates that a machine dryer must be used at a low heat setting, two dots suggests using a machine dryer up to a medium setting, and three dots is up to a high setting.
- The black circle in the middle indicates that regular drying can only be performed on the No Heat or Air Only settings.
- The crossed out tumble dryer means the clothing cannot be tumble dried.
Other alternative methods to drying clothes include: hanging them on a washing line, or a bar, inside or out of your home (this can also save a little extra a month on your electric bill).
Bleach Washing Instructions Symbols
- The triangle symbol means any type of bleaching product can be used during laundering.
- Two lines inside the triangle shows only a non-chlorine bleach can be used.
- The crossed out triangle means the clothing cannot be bleached.
Dry Cleaning Washing Symbols
- The circle symbol indicates that the item can be dry cleaned.
- The crossed out circle means that it cannot be dry cleaned.
Sometimes, you may find that letters appear inside the circular washing symbol. If you take the item of clothing to your local dry-cleaners, they will happily explain what the symbol means and the products they will use to eliminate the dirt and stains.
Following this step-by-step guide will help prevent your clothes from ending up damaged or ruined. For more information on care symbols and how to wash clothes, be sure to check out the rest of our laundry and washing articles.