Care Instructions: Decoded
Machine wash. The easiest yet! Just toss it in the washer.
Do not wash. Sounds gross, but they mean it. Usually reserved for evening wear.
Hand wash. Usually for delicate clothing or temperamental fabrics.
Wash in < 30ºC. Other icons might have different temperature, but they all mean wash a X temperature.
Gentle Wash. Your washer should have this setting, if not hand wash or machine wash.
Short cycle Your washer has this setting, if it doesn’t it can usually be ignored.
Dry. However you want, but this garment needs to get dried.
Dry in the shade. Dry in a shady place, applies to all symbols with two strips in the top left corner.
Don’t tumble dry. Dry this garment in another way, like line drying or drip drying.
Lie flat to dry. Pick a surface that isn’t wood and gets good airflow on all directions, and let it dry there.
Tumble dry. Dry in a tumble dry setting, which is usually what normal dryers do.
Drip dry. Hang wherever you want, however you want, and allow the piece to dry.
Hang dry. Let it all hand out! Well, your clothes anyway.
Medium temp iron. More dots means more heat tolerance, less requires a lower setting.
Iron/steam at any temperature. This fabric can take it really hot.
Don’t iron. This is usually found on clothing with high low melting temp fabrics, like polyester.
Don’t bleach. Bleach damages this garment, and its kind of gross anyway.
Bleach if needed. *But the environment would prefer if you didn’t.
Non-chlorine bleach. Bleach with bleach without chlorine.
How & how often do I wash...
T-shirts, socks, tights underwear, and workout clothes should be washed every wear. Because these clothes touch parts of your body that are covered in bacteria and salt, for your health (and other people’s noses) they must be washed. Also, over time the bacteria and salt can make your clothing deteriorate more quickly, so washing these garments more frequently will extend their life. The exception is if you wear work out clothes, but don’t sweat in them, like wearing yoga pants to get smoothies doesn’t warrant a wash.
Every 1–3 Wears
Bras, shorts, dresses, cotton sweaters and dress shirts should be washed every one to three wears. These garments come into contact with the bacteria-filled parts of your body only some of the time, so they can be washed a little less frequently.
Every 3–6 Wears
Wool sweaters, wool and synthetic suits, skirts, and non-jean pants should be washed every three to six wears. These are in contact with the most bacteria ridden places even less, so they need to be washed even less frequently.
Every 6–9 Wears
Wash sweat shirts, and other garments that don’t regularly touch your skin about every six to nine wears. If they get stained, try to spot wash them (rubbing a bit of water on the effect spot) to extent time between washes.
When they smell or are stained
Wash all clothes when they smell or have stains on them, but specifically these clothing only need to be washed if and only if they smell. Wash jeans, outerwear, and winter accessories when they smell. Also, you should wash anything if it smells.