What is the Tumble Dry Symbol on Clothes?
Before tumble drying clothing, it’s important to check the care labels on the garment to make sure that either the motion or the high heat of the dryer will not damage the material. In most countries, the tumble dry symbol is a square with a circle inside, while the do not tumble dry symbol is the same but has a cross through the centre of the circle.
What Can – and What Cannot – Be Tumble Dried?
Any clothing that displays the tumble dry symbol can safely be dried in the tumble dryer, while it’s best to dry clothing with a do not tumble dry symbol naturally, either outside on the washing line, indoors on a clothes horse, or laying flat on thick, absorbent towels.
Wool jumpers, silk garments, and bras may often display the do not tumble dry symbol as they could become damaged in the machine, or the material could become weakened. Silk can shrink in high temperatures and wool can pile which affects the look of the fabric. Bras may shrink which can make them uncomfortable to wear, and wired bras may lose their shape.