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How to Do Laundry, By Fabrics

BY: Editors | Jan 19, 2018

 

Wondering how to do laundry for your new clothes, and how to best take care of your apparel? Use this guide to know what to do and what not to do. 

Scroll down for specific instructions by fabric, or click here to see what those symbols on the label means.

Delicate Fabrics 

Delicate Fabrics Cleaning instructions Drying instructions
Cashmere Dry-clean ---
Satin Dry-clean ---
Leather Dry-clean ---
Lace Dry-clean ---
Silk Dry-clean ---
Velvet Dry-clean ---
Wool Dry-clean ---
Taffeta Dry-clean ---

 

Natural & Synthetic Fabrics 

Natural & Synthetic Fabrics Cleaning Instructions Drying Instructions
Acrylic Wash in warm delicate cycle with fabric softener Lay flat to dry or tumble dry low
Corduroy Machine washable Line dry
Cotton Machine washable Tumble dry
Nylon Machine washable Tumble dry
Linen Wash in cold delicate cycle Line dry
Polyester Machine washable Tumble dry
Rayon Machine washable Line dry
Cotton-blend (more than 50% cotton) Machine washable Tumble dry
Nylon-blend (more than 50% nylon) Machine washable Tumble dry
Polyester-blend (more than 50% polyester) Machine washable Tumble dry
Rayon-blend (more than 50% rayon) Machine washable Line dry

Instructions by Clothing Style

Instructions by Clothing Style Cleaning Instructions Drying Instructions
Lingerie and hosiery  Hand wash Line dry
Tutus Hand wash Line dry
Decorative trims (sequin and beading) Hand wash or dry-clean Line dry
Suits Dry-clean ---
Ties Dry-clean ---
Cocktail and formal dresses Dry-clean ---
Shapewear, bras, and underwear Machine washable Line dry
Towels Machine wash cold Tumble dry low

 

What do those symbols on the label mean?

For best results, consult the garment's label before cleaning. If you're confused as to what those symbols on the label mean, consult the 

 

Printable Guide to Fabric Labels

For a printable version of the symbols from above, right click on the image below and click "save image as..."

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