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Cleaner explains care label meanings so you’ll never ruin your clothes again


The washing machine symbol is the first one explained (Picture: TikTok/@cleanfreakz)

While we all know not to mix dark clothes with light in the washing machine, or to leave woollen items to air-dry, it’s not always so simple to keep your items in tip-top condition.

Care labels are small, meaning they have to use symbols rather than words to explain the washing instructions.

Thankfully, helpful people like the owner of the Jeeves of Belgravia Dry Cleaning company in New York are here to decode all of these symbols for us.

On the CleanFreakz TikTok account, one of of the dry cleaner spoke about the meanings of each different label, saying: ‘You are too old and too smart to not know how to read [a care label]!’

Calling them ‘super easy’ once you know each one, he then explained that the washing machine symbol is there to tell you whether or not a piece of clothing can go on the machine.

If it’s clear, it can go in the wash. If there’s a cross through it, you shouldn’t put it in the machine ever.

If there’s a bar beneath the washing machine, you should reduce the power of the spin cycle for the garment. Two bars means you should put it on a special wash for delicates.

Dots inside the washing machine ‘drum’ part refer to the temperature. One dot is for cold, two is for medium, three is for hot.

A tumble dryer symbol is a square with a circle in it, while a square with a cross through it means it definitely shouldn’t go in the dryer.

The ironing labels follow the same pattern (Picture: TikTok/@cleanfreakz)

A clear triangle means you can use bleach additives in your wash cycle, while a black one with a cross through it is a sign to avoid any bleach when washing.

As for ironing, it’s a similar theme. An iron means it can be ironed, one with a cross through it means it can’t. If the label shows a crossed-out iron with steam coming from the bottom, it means it can be ironed but not steamed.

The circle symbol (whether it has a cross through it or not) is for the professionals, and will help them ascertain how best to get your clothes clean.

The video has now been watched 2.7 million times, with people saying they were surprised they didn’t know this sooner.

It may all seem simple, but knowing more about how these care labels work can save you money in the long run from no stretched out, dyed, or bobbled items.

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