Guide to Fabric Care Symbols

May 18, 2016 Cleaning Tips
Fabric Care Symbols

Have you ever looked at a tag in an item of clothing to read the washing instructions, but instead found yourself trying to decipher hieroglyphics that look like they were found in an ancient Egyptian tomb? Thankfully the American Cleaning Institute knew people needed some assistance and they put together this Guide to Fabric Care Symbols. The guide was developed in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission. (Thank you both so much!)

As you can see from the chart, the symbols give instructions on machine washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry cleaning. Who knew all those little symbols meant so much!?

So before you throw your next load of clothes in the washing machine, look at the tag and reference this chart. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can easily find it again.

Fabric Care Symbols