It can be difficult to understand clothes washing symbols because there are so many of them. You or someone you know might have had the unfortunate experience of taking a new dress or jumper out of the washing machine, only to find it has shrunk to half its original size. When this happens, you often have no choice but to throw the poor garment away. These problems can be avoided by following our guide to understanding washing instructions symbols – which will help you maintain your clothes and keep them in perfect condition.
Basic Clothes Washing Symbols
- The most common washing symbol is the bucket filled with water. This indicates a normal machine wash, where the garment can be washed at any temperature and with any detergent or soap.
- You may find a bucket symbol indicated with a dot or dots in the middle. This means the clothing must not exceed its indicated washing temperature.
One dot = 30oC
Two dots = 40 oC
Three dots = 50 oC
Four dots = 60 oC
Five dots = 70 oC
Six dots = 95 oC
- The hand inside the bucket symbol means the clothing should be hand washed
Always be sure to check the amount of dots and to not exceed the set temperature (unless you want another shrunk, damaged, or discoloured jumper).
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