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January 10, 2017

How to read the symbols on your clothing tags + FREE printable!

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How to read the care symbols on your clothing tags (+free printable) | see all the details on

Pink silk blouse {this season’s} // Lace peplum top {under $30 with code MUSTSHOP} // Bow sweater


You just bought a new, coveted piece to add to your closet. You put new said item in the wash. Raise your hand if you’ve ever washed something in the laundry and once you pull it out find that it’s not the same shape or size anymore? I’ve been guilty of shrinking a sweater (or two) in my day! Sometimes, the directions for care are written on the tag but sometimes, they’re not and you’re left with only the laundry symbols to decipher. What exactly does that circle or square or triangle mean?

Today’s clothing is made from so many different materials or combinations of, that it’s hard to have a one-size-fits-all approach to the care. When I buy something, I want it to last so I can get the most wear out of it so it only makes sense to understand the care instructions.

How to read the care symbols on your clothing tags (+free printable) | see all the details on

I’ve gotten tired of having items no longer fitting properly due to laundering mishaps that I did some research and compiled a guide of how to read laundry symbols including: wash, dry, iron, and dry clean. Hopefully, this guide helps answer all your questions about those pesky symbols and you’re able to care for your clothes properly.

Feel free to pin the image below for reference, or if you’d like to print it out to hang in your laundry area, I’ve included a link below (can be as big as 16″x20″).

Deciphered: laundry tag symbols |


Printable poster size (16″ x 20″)


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  • This is awesome! TFS! I just printed it and will hang it in my laundry room.