How to Do Laundry, By Fabrics
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||Cleaning instructions||Drying instructions|
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|
|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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