Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Laundry symbols' quiz. Procter and Gamble/P&G. Supersavvyme. Washing, ironing, drying, dry cleaning, bleach and solvent hieroglyphs. Agitation!


Hang to dry
  Is this an envelope?

Tumble dry - low heatWoolen wash Tumble dry - high heatDrip dry recommendedHot iron Dry flatNot safe to use chlorine bleach   Tells professional cleaners which solvents to use.

Before you read Proctor and Gamble's guide to the myriad and mystifying symbols on the labels inside clothes which would baffle even a Mastermind,   see if you can get any of the above right!

Proctor and Gamble make Ariel, Dreft, Bold, Daz and many other household products.

Symbols have got more sophisticated, so there is even more to learn nowadays, as boxes have additional lines under them, diagonal and horizontal stripes in others or dots.....

Just look at the Google Images page of washing symbols, it is terrifying.

Ariel grandly states "They may appear confusing but care instructions are actually quite easy
to understand.  Each label should tell you what the fabric is made from, and include up to five symbols which let you know how to care for it".

Procter and Gamble or P&G have been going for 175 years, and the company was founded in Cincinnati after William Procter and James Gamble married sisters. 

Here are their guides:
Laundry symbols unlocked by P&G's Supersavvy me
Stumped by the hieroglyphics on your laundry care labels? 
Here’s how to crack the code.
Washing
Washtub with a number inside
The number in the tub tells you the maximum washing temperature for the item.
30 degree wash
Washtub with a hand inside
Means hand wash only.
Hand wash only.
Empty washtub
With no dashes beneath - means the item can handle a cotton wash and maximum agitation.
Cotton wash
With a single dash beneath - means the item needs a synthetic wash, with medium agitation
Synthetic wash
With two dashes beneath - means the item needs a woollen wash, with minimum agitation
Woolen wash
Washtub with a cross through it
Means you can’t wash this item – try dry cleaning instead.
You can’t wash this item
Drying
Can be tumble-dried
Can be tumble-dried
Can be tumble-dried on low heat
Tumble dry - low heat
Can be tumble-dried on high heat
Tumble dry - high heat
Do not tumble dry
Do not tumble dry
Drip dry recommended
Drip dry recommended
Hang to dry
Hang to dry
Dry flat
Dry flat
Ironing
Something you can iron
The dots inside the symbol show what heat setting you can use, from one dot for low heat, to three dots for high heat.
Cool heat
Warm iron
Hot iron
Do not iron
Do not iron
Bleach and solvents
Safe to use chlorine bleach (or not)
Safe to use chlorine bleach
Not safe to use chlorine bleach
Dry cleaning
Tells professional cleaners which solvents to use.
Tells professional cleaners which solvents to use.
Do not dry clean
Do not dry clean

The guide for P&G's Ariel users is more detailed than its Supersavvyme guide above; Ariel costs more, so can an inference be drawn about readers' intelligence? 

Guide Washing

handwash
Handwash only. Rinse normally and dry with care.
40 deg - no line
Machine wash at the indicated maximum temperature in degrees Celsius. Remember, you can save energy by washing at lower temperatures when you use Ariel Excel Gel. The lines underneath the symbol indicate the type of programme to use:
No line Cotton programme (max agitation)
40 deg - one line
The lines underneath the symbol indicate the type of programme to use:
One line Synthetic programme
(moderate agitation)
40 deg - 2 line
The lines underneath the symbol indicate the type of programme to use:
Two lines Wool programme (minimal agitation)
do not wash
Do not wash.
dots
Can be tumble-dried. Dots in the middle indicate the maximum temperature:
No dot No temperature restriction
One dot Low-temperature dry (maximum 60°)
Two dots Normal dry
cross
Do not tumble-dry.
air-dry
Leave to air-dry and iron as soon as dry.
hang up dry
Hang up to dry.
Dry flat
Dry flat.


 

Ironing

Iron
Iron at the following temperature:
One dot Cold iron (110°) for acrylic, nylon and acetate
Two dots Hot iron (150°) for polyester and wool
Three dots Very hot iron (200°) for cotton and linen
Do not tumble-dry
Do not iron.
Dry clean only
Dry clean only. For specialist dry cleaning, a letter indicates the type of clean required. P is the most common, indicating that the usual solvents are needed. Your dry cleaner will be able to interpret any others that appear.
Do not dry clean
Do not dry clean.