Talk:Laundry symbol

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Additional material needed[edit]

Some questions for this stub:

  • who devised them?
  • when did they first come into use?
  • how did they become ubiquitous?
  • in fact, how ubiquitous are they? Which countries use them, whcih don't?
  • are therevariations among manufacturers of clothing? -- Tarquin 18:23 Jan 12, 2003 (UTC)
additional questions:
  • when are certain symbols omitted and what that means.
  • what is assumed when certain symbols such as one for hand washing are used but another symbol for a different category is not such as the symbols for drying are not preset. Gaerek (talk) 03:12, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Local copy?[edit]

So I came to this page absolutely certain that I would find the intel I needed, and WP did not have the information I was looking for. I can't remember when the last time that happened was. Anyway, I do believe the images and text on the "Canadian info" link should be open source. It's hosted by the Cdn gov't after all. Could be a good place to start, and it's also well-organised. This article could use an org scheme similar to what that page uses, as a starting point at least. chirographa diverbia cognatō 16:36, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Would it make sense for Wikipedia to include these symbols right here?

I think it would be beneficial to include these symbols here. I have been trying to locate a copy of the Canadian Laundry Care Symbols in colour, but have not had any luck as of yet. The only symbols I can find are related to the new system with dots indicating temperatures. If it is not feasibly to have the symbols located here, then links would be the next logical choice. Steve Pachal 18:52, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, this article badly needs some illustration. Compare with the German version, for example! (Surely there cannot be insuperable copyright issues in displaying such ubiquitous symbols in an article about them?) --Jonik 13:41, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, this article absolutely should have examples of the symbols. It's kind of pointless without it. Kwertii (talk) 19:12, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Dø nøt wåsh by ælk[edit]

I don't really speak Swedish, but as far as I get the meaning from the linked site in Swedish, their symbols look and mean exactly the same as the official GINETEX ones ... which makes sense since the European country Sweden isn't mentioned as an exception to adhering to the GINETEX standard. (After all, they're not the British "englishing" on principle. ;) So if nobody objects, I'm going to remove that link quite soon. Cheers, Edwing 19:10, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

No objections here - Sweden is a member of GINETEX 16:33, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

harmful link[edit]

If I try to follow the link to the Japanese explanation of the symbols ( I receive a warning message from my firefox browser that this website could harm my computer ("reported attack site") - the same with google search ("This site may harm your computer."). Therefore I would suggest to remove that link. regards, Freygeist (talk) 11:11, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Same with Safari, I have removed the link (Eraserhead1 not logged in) (talk) 02:02, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

What about American cold/warm/hot temperatures?[edit]

The 30 degree Celsius etc symbols are easily understood in most of the world, but in the U.S., typically no absolutes are given for washing. There is only "cold", "warm" and "hot", and these settings are indicated on washing machines without any indications of what the actual temperatures are. So even if a person converts 30 C to Fahrenheit, the will still not know how the symbol corresponds with the choices on their washing machine. I tried looking for a conversion between cold/warm/hot and actual temperatures on Wikipedia but couldn't find it. Any pointers? Thanks. --CodeGeneratR (talk) 18:16, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Aren't the US wash symbols a tub with 1, 2, or 3 dots - meaning cold, warm, and hot wash, respectively? They are not shown in the article. (talk) 08:48, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

There aren't any suitable images at commons:Category:Laundry symbols, so someone will need to make them first. -- WOSlinker (talk) 12:37, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

This article is not global in coverage - link to possible starting point for fuller article.[edit]

This article only discusses European care labelling. There is no global standard for care labelling; different well-established systems exist in Australia, Japan and North America for example.

This PDF appears to be an informational leaflet detailing the different garment care labelling systems used in various parts of the world, produced as commercial promotional literature. While this is not great as a reliable source, it might be useful as a starting point for anyone trying to improve this article. --MegaSloth (talk) 21:19, 9 April 2012 (UTC)


I thought these symbols were in Unicode, but can't find them. Am I right? If so, can it be mentioned briefly here? (talk) 09:56, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

An old thread (2003), but the only discussion I could find; suggests these symbols aren't in Unicode? Wash Symbols and Iconography --MegaSloth (talk) 10:41, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

Edits 30th Jan 2014[edit]

Just in case anybody wants to know, I reverted an edit by an IP that was just wrong regarding washing symbols. The previous version was correct so I just went back. The refs in that para support the current version, not the one I corrected. Roxy the dog (resonate) 22:24, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Triangle with two oblique lines and "CL"[edit]

I came here with a garment featuring among its symbols a triangle with two oblique lines and "CL", features not represented in a single triangle in the article. Anyone know if this is (or was, I noted that the CL triangle is "obsolete") commonly used and what its meaning is? In boolean logic, this is a case, I believe, where parentheses would be helpful, if not necessary, to express the desired message. And in case it appears that I'm just using a talk page as a Q&A, I'd like to say that I am almost as concerned that Wikipedia might be lacking some specific bit of information as I am concerned about properly washing my hat.Mattman00000 (talk) 18:31, 27 April 2016 (UTC)