<![CDATA[Select Laundry - Jules\'s Blog]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:17:53 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Deciphering Drying Symbols]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:30:42 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/deciphering-drying-symbolsDrying is represented by a square symbol. Dots and lines or bars are codes that represent heat or air temperature and drying cycles, respectively. As with the washing symbols, the more dots you see, the hotter the temperature should be and the more lines there are, the gentler the cycle must be. There are several other symbols and codes that represent drying instructions as presented below.

Tumble Dry Symbols

Tumble Drying is the method of spin drying clothes/garments in hot air inside a machine dryer.
Tumble Dry Symbols

Normal - Any heat setting may be used.

No Heat - Set the dryer without heat.

Low Heat - Set the dryer to low heat.

Medium Heat - Use medium heat setting.

High Heat - Set dryer to operate at high heat.

Permanent Press - Set the dryer cycle at permanent press.

Delicate/Gentle - Use the gentle cycle.

Again, these dots and lines may be used in just one drying symbol which would indicate both the heat and the drying cycle setting.

Other Drying Instructions and Warning Symbols

Warning Symbols

Do Not Tumble Dry - A machine dryer must not be used.

Do Not Dry - Usually accompanied by the "Do Not Wash" symbol and an alternative cleaning instruction is provided.

Line Dry - Hang the garment to dry in a line or bar either indoor or outdoor.

Drip Dry - Hang the garment dripping wet in a line or bar, indoor or outdoor, with or without smoothing or hand shaping.

Dry Flat - Lay out the garment horizontally to dry.

Dry in Shade - Dry garment away from direct sunlight.

Accompanying written instructions may include:

Remove Promptly - As the garments have dried, remove them immediately from the dryer to avoid wrinkling.

Block to Dry or Block Dry - This means to reshape the clothing or garment to its original shape and size while drying.

Smooth by Hand - While the laundry item is still wet, smooth out the wrinkles and straighten cuffs, collars and seams by hand.

<![CDATA[Bleaching Symbols and Instructions]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:49:58 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/bleaching-symbols-and-instructionsA triangle sign symbolizes bleaching. The bleaching symbols indicate whether it is safe to use bleach or not and points out what type of bleach may be used.

Any bleach may be used when needed.

Only non-chlorine based bleach can be used as needed.

Do not bleach. No bleaching product of any kind may be used, including detergents with bleaching components.

<![CDATA[Washing Instructions Symbols]]>Mon, 26 Sep 2011 03:54:33 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/washing-instructions-symbolsIn order for us to understand the different washing instructions symbols, we must learn the meaning of the following codes:
The dot indicates the required setting of your water temperature. This is the maximum temperature a laundry item can take prior to being damaged. These dots may be accompanied by a number specifying the temperature. The more dots you see the higher the temperature should be used.

These lines or bars under the bucket sign specifies the type of spin cycle you need to use during washing and spinning.


Machine Wash, Normal - Garment may be washed using the hottest water available.

Machine Wash, Cold - You can use cold water. Water temperature should not go beyond 30°C or 65°F to 85°F.

Machine Wash, Warm - Warm water may be used with temperature not exceeding 40°C or 105°F.

Machine Wash, Hot - May use hot water with temperature not exceeding 50°C or 120°F.

Machine Wash, Hot - May use hot water with temperature not exceeding 60°C or 140°F.

Machine Wash, Hot - May use hot water with temperature not exceeding 70°C or 160°F.

Machine Wash, Hot - May use hot water with temperature not exceeding 95°C or 200°F.


Machine Wash, Permanent Press - This spin cycle setting is used to preserve a fabric's Permanent Press feature.

Machine Wash, Delicate or Gentle - This spin cycle setting is for delicate items that require gentle agitation.

Both the dots and the lines may be used in one washing symbol. To easily comprehend the symbols, just remember that more dots mean more heat and more lines or bars mean a gentler spin cycle.

Other symbols - Hand washing and Warning symbols:


Hand Wash - If you see a hand inside the bucket or washing symbol, this signifies that the garment is to be hand washed. These laundry items are usually delicates that could not tolerate machine washing.

An X across a washing symbol means "Do Not Wash". Dry cleaning instructions are usually provided for these types of garments.

Do not wring or twist. Garment should not be twisted to extract the water. This is to prevent wrinkles and to avoid damaging the fabric. To squeeze the water out an item, just roll it in a towel gently.

<![CDATA[Laundry Care Symbols - Intro]]>Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:24:04 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/laundry-care-symbols-introMost of us are already familiar with the laundry care symbols written in clothing labels or tags. These simple and easy to learn symbol system was developed by The American Society for Testing and Materials or ASTM and is known as the ASTM Standard D5489-96c.

There are five general symbols namely for: washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry cleaning. On the next posts, we will go through each of the specific instructions for these laundry symbols.
Laundry Care Symbols
<![CDATA[How to Wash a Shower Curtain in a Washing Machine]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2011 06:28:35 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/how-to-wash-a-shower-curtain-in-a-washing-machineDirty and moldy shower curtains are definitely not a pleasant sight. They make the whole bathroom look untidy due to the mold and mildew and soap scum build-up.

It is not necessary to throw your shower curtains if they can still be used. Here are some simple steps on how to wash your shower curtains using a washing machine. Remember, before doing anything to your shower curtains, read the label first for care instructions and warnings.

1. First, spot clean your shower curtain by using a spray bottle filled with a 1:1 solution of water and white vinegar. Spray the moldy areas and scrub thoroughly until the dirt and soap scum disappears.

2. Once spot cleaning has been done, take off the shower curtain and place it in the washing machine. Add to the load, two or three towels to prevent the shower curtain from tearing.

3. You can use either warm or cold water but not hot water as it may possibly melt your shower curtain if it is made of plastic. Add equal amounts of detergent and baking soda (about 1/4 cup) and set the washing machine to a gentle cycle.

4. As your shower curtains are being washed, get the curtains hooks or rings and clean them. Immerse them for a while in a bowl containing a solution of white vinegar and water in equal amounts. Rinse and let them dry.

5. Once done washing the shower curtain, add about a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to prevent the growth and spread of mold and mildew.

6. At the end of the rinse cycle, remove the shower curtain from the washing machine, stretch it out completely and hang it on its rod to dry. Never place your shower curtain in the dryer.
<![CDATA[The Care Labeling Rule]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2011 06:37:11 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/the-care-labeling-ruleA clothing care label has been mentioned a lot on this blog. It is a tag in our apparels and textile items that contains symbols and/or written instructions on how to properly care for the item. In each country different standards are followed on writing care label instructions. Here in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission issued in 1971 the "Care Labeling Rule".

Here are parts of information taken from the Care Labeling Of Textile Wearing Apparel And Certain Piece Goods, as amended on September 1, 2000 (16 CFR Part 423 ).

According to Section 423.3 , "This regulation requires manufacturers and importers of textile wearing apparel and certain piece goods, in or affecting commerce, as "commerce'' is defined in the Federal Trade Commission Act, to provide regular care instructions at the time such products are sold to purchasers through the use of care labels or other methods described in this rule."

Section 423.4 indicates the coverage or persons and organizations regarded on the mentioned ruling.

"Manufacturers and importers of textile wearing apparel and certain piece goods are covered by this regulation. This includes any person or organization that directs or controls the manufacture or importation of covered products."

Terminologies (As defined in the amended Care Labeling Rule)

"Textile Wearing Apparel means any finished garment or article of clothing made from a textile product that is customarily used to cover or protect any part of the body, including hosiery, excluding footwear, gloves, hats or other articles used exclusively to cover or protect the head or hands."

"Certain Piece Goods means textile products sold by the piece from bolts or rolls for the purpose of making home sewn textile wearing apparel. This includes remnants, the fiber content of which is known, that are cut by or for a retailer but does not include manufacturers' remnants, up to ten yards long, that are clearly and conspicuously marked pound goods or fabrics of undetermined origin (i.e., fiber content is not known and cannot be easily ascertained) and trim, up to five inches wide."

"Regular Care means customary and routine care, not spot care.”

Simply said, the Care Labeling rule states that manufacturers and importers of apparels and textiles must place a permanent tag on items indicating the regular care instruction or warnings on processes that may possibly harm the textile product or apparel.

For detailed information, check FTC's amended guideline of the Care Labeling Rule.
<![CDATA[How to Clean a Clothes Dryer Lint Filter]]>Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:22:32 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/how-to-clean-a-clothes-dryer-lint-filterAs a follow-up to our previous post (Extending the Lifespan and Efficiency of Your Dryer), here are some simple steps on how to clean a clothes dryer lint filter.

Note: Unplug the dryer prior to the removal of the lint filter. Make sure to refer to your machine's manual for proper removal of the lint filter.  An instruction may also be written in the manual on cleaning the lint trap. If none is written, feel free to do as suggested below.

1. To remove the lint from the dryer you can use either a damp cloth or a soft bristle brush. Using the vacuum is also an option.

2. Once you have removed the bulk of the lint, run water into the filter. Gently wash and brush it using a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent. Rinse afterwards.

3. To make sure that no lint remains on the filter, run water over the filter mesh and check if the water goes through. If the water pools on top and won't go through, a film of lint may still be clogging the mesh. Repeat the washing, brushing and rinsing process until the water passes through the lint filter.

4. Clean the plastic sides of the lint filter with a damp cloth and let the lint filter air dry before putting it back into the dryer.
<![CDATA[Extending the Lifespan and Efficiency of Your Dryer]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:22:16 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/extending-the-lifespan-and-efficiency-of-your-dryerJust how would you be able to extend the lifespan and increase the efficiency of your dryer? Simple! Clean your lint filter or lint trap as others would call it.

Lint can build-up over time on the lint filter which reduces air flow within the dryer. This causes longer drying time. Clothes may not dry in just a single cycle, thus, there is a tendency of overworking the dryer which can cause damage to the machine.

Furthermore, build-up of lint on the filter is a fire hazard. It can cause the dryer to overheat. Since lint is known to be highly flammable, even just a small spark inside the dryer can easily ignite the lint causing fire.

To avoid unnecessary repairs and possible fire in your home, be sure to clean your lint filter and dryer regularly.
<![CDATA[Laundry Detergent Allergy]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2011 04:23:55 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/laundry-detergent-allergyLaundry detergent allergy is a type of skin allergy which has usually mild symptoms and is not life threatening compared to other allergies. A detergent allergy is caused by the chemical components of the detergent such as the bleaching agent, dyes and perfumes.

Many people who are allergic to laundry detergents may experience different symptoms whether they are the ones doing the laundry or by simply wearing clothes washed using the detergent. Clothes which are not rinsed properly may also cause an allergic reaction as residue of the detergent may still be present on the clothes. Doctors call this as contact dermatitis.

Common symptoms of laundry detergent allergy are:

∙ skins rashes/hives
∙ itching
∙ skin peeling
∙ sneezing and watery eyes
∙ wheezing

Management and Treatment of Laundry Detergent Allergy

Using a cold compress is a typical home management relief for itching and skin rashes. For proper diagnosis and to help you treat and manage your condition, visit an allergist or a dermatologist. Oral and topical antihistamines may be prescribed as well as corticosteroid ointments or creams to reduce inflammation.

How to Avoid Laundry Detergent Allergy

If you or any of your family members suffer from laundry detergent allergy, it is a must to switch to hypoallergenic laundry detergents, softeners and dryer sheets when washing the entire household's laundry. These hypoallergenic detergents, softeners and sheets are dye free and perfume free substances.

In addition, use less laundry detergent when washing and do an extra rinse cycle to thoroughly eliminate detergent residues.
<![CDATA[Musty Smell in Washing Machines]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:22:02 GMThttp://selectlaundry.com/juless-blog/musty-smell-in-washing-machinesPossible causes of the musty smell in washing machines are build-up of dirt from the laundry items, detergent and fabric softener residue, and excess moisture. The combination of these factors provides a good food source and a perfect living condition for mold and bacteria to thrive. A mold is a type of fungus that lives well in a damp environment. It travels through air and is a potential health hazard causing allergies and irritation. So what should we do to eliminate and prevent mold and bacteria growth in our washing machines? Here are some simple solutions.

1. If you have a clothing item that is excessively dirty, try washing it in clean water first before putting it inside the washing machine.

2. Do not overuse your detergents and fabric conditioners.

3. Always clean the washing machine after each use. To remove detergent residues, add a cup of white vinegar to hot rinsing water and run an empty cycle (no laundry). Wipe out excess moisture and leave the lid open to air dry for a few minutes. (Be cautious though, as little children may want to get inside the washer with the lid open).