Decoding wash care symbols from Whirlpool

What Do Those Laundry Symbols Actually Mean?

The guide to decoding wash care symbols

Has laundry day got your head spinning? Do you wash on cold or warm? Does this shirt require ironing? Can that sweater go in the dryer? You’ve got a lot of questions. And on top of it, the washing symbols on your clothes’ care tags can look less like instructions and more like hieroglyphics or your kids’ geometry homework.

Whirlpool brand is here to help you crack the code with this quick, effective guide. Bookmark it or print it out and stick it in your laundry room. Then share it with your family and friends. Because laundry day should be just a little bit easier.

 

Decoding wash care symbols from Whirlpool

 

 

Washing symbols

The wash tub icon tells you exactly how to wash the garment, with underscored lines indicating the recommended cycle and black dots representing water temperature. An X, of course, warns to not machine wash at all.

Men and boys are hard on their gym socks, undershirts and little league uniforms. If your whites are looking a little dingy, consult the triangle on the clothes’ label (if there is one) for bleaching instructions.        

 

 

Washing symbols

 

 

Drying symbols

Laundry symbols will tell you not just how to wash, but also how to dry. First, determine whether the item should be air or tumble dried. The lines inside the square will tell you how an item should be air dried. (Surpisingly, there’s more than one way to do it.)

If it can be tumble dried (dried in a dryer), the symbol will also tell you how. Just like with wash symbols, underscored lines indicate cycle and black dots represent temperature. Once again, the symbol will be X’d out if you shouldn’t tumble dry at all.

 

 

Drying symbols

 

 

Ironing symbols

With dryer innovations like Permanent Press and Whirlpool brand’s Wrinkle Shield option, ironing in modern life is practically unnecessary. But if a particular piece of clothing requires it, or you still like crisp creases in your pants, these ironing symbols, shaped like an old-fashioned iron, will recommend exactly how to do it. 

Ironing symbols

 

 

Dry cleaning symbols

Despite how far we’ve come with home dryer technology, some garments are still best left to the professionals. A simple circle will tell you whether the item should be dry cleaned or not.

 

 

Dry cleaning symbols

 

 

Care for your clothes, care for your family

Now that you understand your clothes’ care symbols, you can keep your family looking their Sunday — and everyday — best. And you’ll stand a better chance of not shrinking, damaging, misshaping, fading or pilling your clothes. Check out Whirlpool brand’s innovative washer and dryer features that take even more of the guesswork out of laundry day. Start with Intuitive Touch Controls that give you customized care for any load.

And then learn more about what detergent you should be using, and how. 

 

Was this article helpful? Pass it on