Solve the Mystery of Laundry Tags

Kiersten Bush is my guest blogger this week.

Laundry is a chore, but there’s no way around it. There is, however, a better way to do laundry, one that will save your clothes, save your appliances, and save your energy. To do that, it’s necessary to get to know your clothes a little bit better by studying the tags.

Tags aren’t just a window into the fabric makeup of your clothing. Every tag has to have certain care information that tells you what temperature water, what wash cycle, and what dry time to care for your clothes. Those same tags also tell you whether or not laundry additives like bleach are appropriate, or whether you should skip self-wash and self-dry altogether and go straight to the dry cleaner. Use this infographic to learn more about the right way to do your laundry. How to read laundry tags

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Thanks to Kiersten Bush of for writing this article. You can contact her at


Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Seana Turner on October 17, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Wow! I’ve never seen this summary before. Very helpful. Nothing is worse then getting a new garment and the promptly ruining it with improper laundering. There is more to this than I thought:)

    • Julie Stobbe on October 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      That has happened to me , where after the first wash the item is wrecked. I read the label on the garment carefully so I know it is a kind of fabric that is wash, wear and no ironing. i like to keep things simple.

  2. Linda Samuels on October 17, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I have to admit that my laundry skills are much more basic…with not a lot (or almost no) ironing going on. Doing laundry IS a major issue for many of my clients. It’s not just how to wash things (and the chart you shared is great!), but the process of washing, drying, folding, ironing and putting away. It can cause overwhelm, especially in households with active adults and kids.

    • Julie Stobbe on October 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I agree. When someone wants their laundry room organized it is most often about the system of collecting the dirty clothes, getting it to the laundry room and then folded, hung and back to the bedroom that is the stumbling block. The less steps that are needed in the process the easier it is to be successful at completing your laundry

  3. Hazel Thornton on October 17, 2016 at 10:37 am

    OK, seriously? How were we supposed to know all that? Thanks for the infographic. I’m off to review clothing tags!

    • Julie Stobbe on October 17, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      I really like the infographic that Kiersten shared. I find it much easier to follow.

      • Julie Stobbe on October 20, 2016 at 6:22 am

        The infographic is a great way to simplify complicated information as well as fun.

  4. Janet Barclay on October 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

    This information is helpful, not just when doing laundry, but when shopping! If you’re buying something for everyday wear and you realize it needs special care, you probably want to look for something else.

    • Julie Stobbe on October 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Sometime people will by an inexpensive piece of clothing and then find out it has to be dry cleaned. The overall cost of that peice of clothing has just become more expensive.

  5. Daria Harvey on October 19, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    What a great infographic! All those little symbols are so confusing. I can see why some people don’t even bother to look at that tag. This is seriously helpful!

    • Julie Stobbe on October 20, 2016 at 6:20 am

      I am glad you find it helpful. Trying to keep laundry simple starts with the clothing you purchase. It is a thought to present to clients to who are trying to simplify their life.

  6. Sabrina Quairoli on October 21, 2016 at 5:15 am

    This is super helpful. I knew a lot of them but there wee some that I wouldn’t have known. It’s important to look at all the tags before buying to see what is involved when it comes to maintaining it.

    • Julie Stobbe on October 21, 2016 at 6:27 am

      I agree. Looking at the tags and choosing clothing based on how to take care of them can help to simplify laundry routines.

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