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Clothing care labels are pants

It occurred to me this evening how unfriendly clothing care labels are. I failed dismally at even the basic symbols, nevermind the advanced ones!

Even though I looked closely, tried to eliminate the known ones from the unknowns, I still couldn't fathom the cross with the triangle. The cross wasn't a stumbling block... it's a universally accepted symbol for 'don't'

... but a triangle - come again! Most things I don't bother checking... but special, expensive items that I'll depend upon on mountain walks meant that I took a bit more care over.

Here are the full set of clothing care labels with explanations - for those that care for their pants more than I do.


I happen to agree. I have had more grief from my wife about my inability to wash (and dry) clothes according to label instructions, than anything else.

You have very elequantly given me my defence.

Together with the fact that the labels fade with washing anyway.

Too many people to wear someone else's cast off clothes would be distasteful, and many may say "never in a million years". BUT times are a changing, most folk are on a tight budget and really decent, quality clothes cost the earth, so buying clothes second hand makes real economic sense.
Sure there are charity and thrift shops around most street corner but the quantity and quality of goods on offer is often limited and time consuming.

Some labels are actually indecipherable. Most are a little confusing. I guess when it comes to proper care of clothes, it is best to determine the fabric type used and then just use the gentle wash cycle in low water temperature setting. You are far less likely to ruin your clothes when you use these washer settings. When drying clothes, use slow tumble drying settings in the dryer. If you are sun drying your clothes, turn them inside out so the color will not fade out quickly.

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