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Beyond the Squiggles: Your Ultimate Guide to T-Shirt Care Label

Cracking the Code: Your Guide to T-Shirt Care Labels

Ever stared in confusion at those cryptic symbols on your t-shirt tag? You're not alone! Those seemingly random squiggles and circles hold the key to keeping your favorite tees looking their best for years to come. Fear not, fellow fashionistas, for today we unveil the secrets of the t-shirt care label!

Decoding the Laundry Symbols:


A washing machine symbol indicates it's safe to wash the garment. Look for the water temperature inside the symbol - a cold line means cold water, multiple lines indicate warmer temperatures.


A triangle with a "X" inside means no bleach. A plain triangle means bleach is okay, but always check the concentration and follow specific instructions.


A square with a circle inside represents tumble drying. Dots inside the circle indicate drying temperature (fewer dots = lower heat). A crossed-out square means no tumble drying.


An iron symbol with dots inside dictates ironing temperature (more dots = hotter iron). A crossed-out iron means no ironing.

Dry Cleaning:

A circle symbol usually includes a letter (P for Perchlorethylene, F for all solvents) indicating the appropriate dry cleaning method. A crossed-out circle means no dry cleaning.


Bonus Tip: Always check the "Do Not Dry Clean" symbol, even if you typically dry clean everything. Some delicate fabrics might be damaged by dry cleaning chemicals.

Beyond the Basics: T-Shirt TLC

  • Turn it Inside Out: Washing your t-shirt inside out helps prevent fading and protects the design.
  • Separate Colors: Wash dark colors separately from lights to avoid bleeding.
  • Skip the Dryer: Whenever possible, air-dry your t-shirts. This reduces shrinkage and maintains the shape.
  • Spot Clean Stains: Act fast on stains! Pre-treat with a gentle stain remover before washing.
  • Iron with Care: Use a pressing cloth over delicate designs or prints to avoid scorching.

By following these tips and deciphering the care label, you can ensure your t-shirts stay vibrant, comfortable, and ready for countless wears.

Speaking of keeping your clothes looking great, did you know Irwin's Megastore has a fantastic selection of washing machines? From top-of-the-line models with advanced features to budget-friendly options, Irwin's has a washer perfect for your needs. Stop by today and find the perfect washing machine to keep your entire wardrobe looking its best!

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