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What Do Laundry Symbols Mean: How To Read Washing Symbols

What do those washing symbols mean? Find out what washing machine symbols really mean and learn more about the bleach symbol with our laundry symbols chart.

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Laundry Symbols

Lately, you may have noticed a series of hieroglyphics popping up on your laundry’s care labels. Where once, sage words like, “Machine wash warm, tumble dry low,” informed your laundering decisions, now you’re greeted with a cryptic symbol.

Dry Clean or Dry Clean Only?

If the label on your blouse reads “Dry Clean Only,” there you go. But if it says “Dry Clean” it may be hand or machine washable in cold water.

If you like saving money on dry cleaning, you’ll love knowing that using Clorox® bleach products prolong the useful life of bleachable clothing by helping maintain their appearance. Because they work in cold water, you save on energy costs, too.

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