HELP! What do I do with clothing that doesn’t have clothing care instructions? I have a garment without care instructions. It has a tag with a number “4″ in a triangle. Am I suppose to know what the “4″ stands for? Can you help with clothing care instructions?

OUR ANSWER Who says garment care is easy?!!! Most home-sewn garments will carry a tag like that, a numbered code in a triangle to signify specific care instructions. Manufactures and importers of fabrics sold by the piece from bolts of fabric for the purpose of making home-sewn textile apparel are required to provide both care information and/or this numbered code on the end of each bolt.

Detailed Laundry Care Instructions

Let’s demystify the code to keep you from pulling your hair out. It’d be a good idea to print this and tape it to the inside of a cabinet door in your laundry area. Here goes:

  • Machine Wash Warm
  • Machine Wash Warm; Line Dry
  • Machine Wash Warm; Tumble Dry: Remove promptly
  • Machine Wash Warm; Delicate Cycle; Tumble Dry Low; Use Cool Iron
  • Machine Wash Warm; Do not Dryclean
  • Hand Wash Separately; Use Cool Iron
  • Dryclean only
  • Dryclean Pile Fabric Method Only
  • Wipe With Damp Cloth Only
Here’s a great graphic to help you with all your clothing care and laundry instruction needs!
Laundry Care Instructions