Laundry icons explained


Your washing machine is great: a wool program, a hand wash program and dozens of other programs to optimally wash your precious clothes and protect them against wear. Just like the different programs on your dryer, they ensure that your clothes stay beautiful for as long as possible.

Of course you have to know which program to turn on. You can find this out by looking at the symbols on the label in your clothing. For this it is important that you decipher the symbols and find out the meaning. We will help you with this.

Each label states what kind of fabric the garment is made of. Furthermore, there are at least 4 but usually 5 symbols on the label. Namely wet or dry cleaning, washing, bleaching, drying and ironing. We will treat them one by one.

 

Symbols about dry cleaning 

If you see a small circle on the label of your clothing, then you know that this information is about dry cleaning your clothing.

 

The circle may contain a letter. This letter indicates which chemical should be used to clean the garment.

Stands for “Any Solvent”, so all chemicals are allowed.

: Stands for “Wet clean”.
: When the circle has an F in it, the garment should only be cleaned with Petroleum.
: The garment may be cleaned with all chemicals except Trichlorethylene.

In or around the circle you might see bars. These bars have different meanings.

: The more bars underneath the circle indicate the level of precaution the dry cleaner must take. If you see one bar the fabric is dedlicate. Two bars means it is a very delicate fabric.

: Dry cleaning with a short programme.

: Dry cleaning with less moist than usual.

: Dry cleaning at a low temperature.

: Dry cleaning without any steam.

: Do not dry clean this garment.

: Do not wet clean this garment.

 

Symbols about washing 
The care label has a tub. This icon tells something about washing.

 

In there a hand in the tub? Then you have to wash the product by hand. Luckily Homie washing machines have a special wool/silk/handwash (wol/zijde/handwas) programme you can use when you see this icon.

 

The tub can contain numbers or dots. These indicate the maximum temperature of the water in which you can wash the cloting.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you have to wash the clothing at 30 degrees or less.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you can wash the clothing at 40 degrees maximum.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you have to wash the clothing at 50 degrees or less.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you have to wash the clothing at 60 degrees or less.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you have to wash the clothing at 70 degrees or less.

: If you see one of these two symbols, it means you can wash the clothing at 95 degrees maximum.

Besides the temperature you can also find bars in or under the tube.

: Stripes under the tub symbolize how gently the washing machine should be rinsed and spun. The more stripes the lower the spin speed should be. With the Homie washing machine, the Delicates programme (fijne was) or the Anti-crease programme (anti kreuk) are good choices if you see this symbol on your clothing label.

: This symbol means that you should not wash the garment.

Curious which programs are on the Homie washing machine? Check out the programmes with explanations.

 

Symbols about bleaching 

The triangle on your clothing label gives more information about bleaching.

 

 

There are a few symbols that tell whether or not you can bleach the garment and whether or not you can do it with chlorine.

: You may bleach the garment with any type of bleach if needed.

: You can bleach this garment with bleach without chlorine.

: You may bleach this garment with chlorine bleach.

: Do not bleach this garment.

 

Symbols about drying  

The symbol of drying is a square. If there is a circle in the square, the article can be tumble dried. If there is no circle in the square, you have to let the clothes dry in a different way. There is also another icon, The twisted symbol. This symbol indicates if you can wring the clothing or not.

 

All these icons tell you something about the dryer. Again, dots indicate how hot the clothes can be dried and stripes indicate how gently you should be. Click Here for an explanation of all the drying programs on the Homie dryer.

: The clothes should only be dried at a low temperature.

: This garment can be dried at medium temperature.

: This garment can be dried using a high temperature.

: This garment must be dried without any heat.

: This is a delicate fabric, dry the clothes carefully.

: This is a very delicate fabric, dry the clothes very carefully.

: If there is a cross over the tumble dryer symbol, do not tumble dry the item.

  

If you see one of these symbols, the garment should not be tumble dried.

The signs in the square indicate whether the clothes should dry hanging or lying down, in the shade or not.

: Hang the garment on a clothesline to dry.

: When the icon has two stripes in the top left corner, this means that you have to dry the clothes in the shade.

: Hang the garment above a drip tray.

: Let the garment dry flat.

 

Wring out the clothes or not? You know the answer when you see one of these icons on the label.

: If the washing label has a twisted symbol, your item can be wrung out.

: You should not wring this garment.

 

Do you want tips for drying clothes in a blink of an eye? Read it in this blog!

Symbols about ironing 

The iron symbol tells you more about whether you can iron the clothes and how to do it.

 

Also with this symbol, dots say something about the temperature. Stripes under the iron indicate whether or not you can steam the clothes.

: You can iron this garment at a low temperature. Suitable for delicate fabrics such as wool and silk.

: You can iron this garment at medium temperature. Suitable for synthetic fabrics.

: You can iron this garment at a high temperature. Suitable for fabrics such as linen and cotton.

: Do not iron this garment.

: You can steam this garment.

: This garment is not suitable for steaming.

 

 

These were all symbols. We will decipher the first label for you.

You can wash a garment at a maximum of 40 degrees.
You should not bleach the garment.
The garment must not be tumble dried.
You can iron the garment at medium temperature.
The garment may be cleaned with all chemicals except Trichlorethylene.

 

Hopefully, the hieroglyphics in your washing label are more clear after reading this article. If you find one you don't understand, please let us know. This way we protect your clothes together!


Of course you don't have to memorize all the symbols. Printout these symbols with explenation from The American Cleaning Institute and hang them near your washing machine/ dryer.