If you are not familiar with the symbols used in washing labels and care labels, it can be very confusing to decipher them. We created an extensive guide to care label symbols to answer almost any question you have about the images, instructions, and symbols you may find on washing labels.
The five most common symbols are: wash (tub filled with water), bleach (a triangle), dry (square), iron (iron), and professional care (circle). Each of these symbols will then be modified with further instructions, such as an 'X' over a triangle would mean 'do not bleach' or a line in the middle of a square would be instructing the user to dry the item flat. Many washing label symbols are accompanied by a short text explanation to ease any confusion that reading with the symbols alone might cause.