Warm Wash

washing-machine-cartoonHow To Choose The Right Temperature For Your Clothes

  1. Hot Water: Hot water is to be used when dealing with really stained clothing. Hot water can be used to get rid of grass, dirt, crayon, grease/ oil , mildew, sweat, and tar stains. Dish towels, wash cloths, bath towels, bedding, and pillow cases should also be washed with hot water for the most efficient clean. It is important not to mix dark and light colors when using hot water because the hot temperature could cause some fabrics to bleed and ruin your nice new white sweater! 
  2. Warm Water: For really messy clothes that you don’t want wrinkled, warm water is your best bet. Warm water minimizes not only wrinkling but also color fading. Warm water is best used to get rid of chocolate and paint stains. Cotton and polyester should be washed in warm water.
  3. Cold Water: Cold water is your safest bet to preserve both color and size. Cold water is used to best remove blood, adhesive, coffee, or alcohol stains. Viscose/ Rayon, silk, ad wool should be washed with cool water. 

(For a complete list of stain removal techniques check out this Stain Removal Chart)

Symbols & What They Mean 


  • 1 Dot: Machine Wash Cold Water
  • 2 Dots: Machine Wash Warm Water
  • 3 Dots: Machine Wash Hot Water
  • 1 Dot Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Cold Water Permanent Press
  • 2 Dots Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Warm Water Permanent Press
  • 3 Dots Horizontal Line: Machine Wash Hot Water Permanent Press
  • 1 Dot 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Cold Water Gentle Cycle
  • 2 Dots 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Warm Water Gentle Cycle
  • 3 Dots 2 Horizontal Lines: Machine Wash Hot Water Gentle Cycle
  • Hand: Hand Wash
  • Cross: Do Not Wash




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