Washing symbols are slightly different in the UK than those used in Asia, The Americas and Russia.
For example, in the United States, the symbols have dots underneath them which represent the maximum heat setting. One dot is a low temperature, while three dots is a mid temperature and six dots is a high temperature.
In the UK, the symbols usually have a specific number which represents the maximum washing temperature.
If you’re not sure what the laundry washing symbols on your clothes label or machine mean, use our guide below.
We’ve only covered the most common symbols but this should be enough to prevent you from shrinking, burning or discolouring your favourite items of clothing!
These are the most common washing symbols you’ll see in the UK:
These symbols explain when you can or cannot use an iron and also whether a hot or cool temperature setting should be used:
Tumble Drying Symbols
Not all garments are suitable for tumble drying, while others can only be dried at a low temperature:
Dry Cleaning Symbols
Not all garments and items are suitable for dry cleaning, there are also two different cleaning chemicals used in the process:
These symbols refer to bleaching:
Horizontal Lines Underneath Washing Symbols
Lines underneaths washing symbols mean the item of clothing should be washed on a gentle setting, these are often found under dry cleaning symbols: