Laundry Care Symbols

Symbol Description What it does
Cotton Wash washing symbol Wash

Picture of a bucket with a wavy line to indicate it is full of liquid

Garment can be washed in a normal wash with hot water and detergent

Cold Machine Wash Cold Machine Wash

Picture of a bucket with a single dot in the middle

Garment needs a wash no warmer than 30℃

Warm Machine Wash Warm Machine Wash

Picture of a bucket with two dots in the middle

Garment needs a wash no warmer than 40℃

Hot Machine Wash Hot Machine Wash

Picture of a bucket with three dots in the middle

Garment needs a wash no warmer than 50℃ (more dots represent hotter washes)

Delicate item washing symbol Permanent Press Machine Wash

Picture of a bucket with a single line underneath

Garment can be washed on the setting with cool down or cold rinse with a slower spin

Gentle Machine Wash Gentle Machine Wash

Picture of a bucket with two lines underneath

Garment can be washed using a gentle setting or for reduced amount of time

Hand Wash symbol Hand Wash

Picture of a bucket with a hand over the opening

Garment should not be machine washed – wash only by hand with water and detergent

Do Not Wash Do Not Wash

Picture of a bucket with a cross through it

Garment cannot be washed safely, may require dry cleaning

Bleaching washing symbol instructions Bleach When Needed

A simple triangle shape unfilled

Any bleach cleaning product can be used in the cleaning process

Non Chlorine Bleach Non-Chlorine Bleach Required

Simple triangle shape with two diagonal lines inside

Garment can be washed with non-chlorine products

Do Not Bleach Do Not Bleach

A filled in triangle with a cross through it

No bleach cleaning product can be used

Tumble dry washing symbol Tumble Dry

A square box with a circle inside

Garment can be used with regular tumble dryer machine up to highest setting

Tumble Dry Low Heat Tumble Dry Low Heat

A square box with a circle inside and a single dot

Garment can be tumble dried on the lowest setting

Tumble Dry Medium Heat Tumble Dry Medium Heat

A square box with a circle inside and two dots

Garment can be tumble dried up to a medium setting

Tumble Dry High Heat Tumble Dry High Heat

A square box with a circle inside and three dots

Garment can be tumble dried up to highest setting

Tumble Dry No Heat Tumble Dry No Heat

A square box with a circle inside shaded in

Garment can be tumble dried with no heat

Tumble Dry Permanent Press Tumble Dry Permanent Press

A square box with a circle inside and a line under the box

Garment can be tumble dried but only with permanent press setting

Tumble Dry Gentle Tumble Dry Gentle

A square box with a circle inside and two lines under the box

Garment can be tumble dried on a gentle setting

Do Not Tumble Dry Do Not Tumble Dry

A square box with a circle inside, all crossed out by two lines

Garment cannot be tumble dried

Dry flat washing symbol Do Not Dry

Square box crossed out by two lines

Garment cannot be machine dried

Line dry washing symbol Line Dry

A square box with a small curve inside at the top to denote a fold

Garment can be hung indoors or outdoors

Drip Dry Drip Dry

Square box with three vertical lines inside

Garment can be left to drip dry indoors or outdoors

Dry Flat Dry Flat

Square box with a single horizontal line in the middle

Garment should be laid flat to dry

Dry in Shade Dry In Shade

Square box with two diagonal lines in the upper corner

Garment can be hung to dry but must be kept in the shade

Do Not Wring washing symbol Do Not Wring

A twisted cloth with a cross through

Garment must not be wrung at any point

Iron washing symbol Iron

A simple outline of an iron

Garment can be ironed on any temperature

Iron Low Heat Iron Low Heat

Simple outline of an iron with a single dot in the middle

Garment can be ironed on a low heat setting

Iron Medium Heat Iron Medium Heat

Simple outline of an iron with two dots in the middle

Garment can be ironed on a medium heat setting

Iron High Heat Iron High Heat

Simple outline of an iron with three dots in the middle

Garment can be ironed on high heat setting

Do Not Steam Do Not Steam

Simple outline of an iron with two lines beneath which are crossed out

Garment cannot be steam ironed

Do Not Iron Do Not Iron

Simple outline of an iron crossed out

Garment cannot be ironed

Dry and wet cleaning symbol instructions Dry Clean

A circle with a blank centre

Garment should be dry cleaned on any setting

Dry Clean with any Solvent Dry Clean With Any Solvent

A circle with a capital ‘A’ in the middle

Garment can be dry cleaned with any solvent

Dry Clean with Petroleum Solvent Dry Clean With Petroleum Solvent

A circle with a capital ‘F’ in the middle

Garment can be dry cleaned with petroleum solvent only

Dry Clean with any Solvent Bar Trichloroethylene Dry Clean With Any Solvent Bar Trichloroethylene

A circle with a capital ‘P’ in the middle

Garment can be cleaned with any solvent except for Trichloroethylene

Do Not Dry Clean Do Not Dry Clean

A blank circle with a cross through it

Garment cannot be dry cleaned