1. Tumble drying allowed:
A plain tumble drying symbol simply means that the item is made to withstand being dried in a tumble dryer.
2. Tumble dry on the gentle program:
Some tumble dryers will have gentle programs for delicate items. If you don't find this option, choose the lowest possible heat level to minimize wear and tear, and remove your items promptly.
3. Tumble dry on the high program:
This symbol would typically be found on items that are made to withstand higher temperatures, like sheets or tablecloths.
4. Hang dry:
If you see this symbol, let your garment line dry in the air without any added heat. Most garments will last longer and keep their shape if you let them slowly dry on a drying rack or on a hanger.
5. Drip dry:
A square icon with three vertical lines inside means your bedding should be drip-dried. Not to be confused with hang drying, drip drying is when you hang the item in your shower to dry, allowing excess water to drip down the drain.
6. Flat dry:
Some items of clothing, like knitted garments, should be flat-dried to maintain their shape. Place the garment on a towel, roll it up, and carefully squeeze out any excess water. Then lay it flat and leave it to dry.
7. No tumble drying:
Never tumble dry items with this symbol. Most garments with this symbol will be harmed on shrunk when dried in a tumble dryer due to the heat and rigorous movements. Hang dry, air dry, or flat dry these garments to help them last longer. Read more about gentle ways to dry your laundry