Most of us throw our dirty clothes in the washing machine, stick it on 40 degrees and hope for the best.

But if you’ve ever found your clothes are shrinking or coming out damaged, it might be time to start paying more attention to the symbols on the care labels.


It can seem confusing with to be faced with squares, circles and triangles, some with crosses through and some without, but a cleaning expert has explained what they all mean so you can keep your clothes in their best condition – and it’s incredibly simple.


TikTok account @Cleanfreakz uploaded a video to quickly run through all the symbols, as people were left wondering why they had never been told before.

Holding up a clothing label, he says: “You are too old and too smart to not be able to read this thing. It’s super easy.”

Starting with the simplest first, he explains the symbol resembling a bucket of water means it’s safe to go in the washing machine, and a cross through it means it’s not.

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The same symbol with added dots relate to the best temperature to wash it at; the more dots, the higher the temperature.


He says a square with a circle inside makes it safe to go in a tumble dryer and a triangle means it can be bleached when needed.

A picture of an iron means it’s safe to iron and a circle by itself makes it safe to dry clean. A cross through any of the symbols simply means it’s not safe to do.

Learn more from the video below;


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♬ original sound – clean freakz

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