Getting By


January 20, 2021

As I was doing some laundry recently, after checking the laundry tag, I was reminded how many different laundry codes there are and how puzzling they can be. If you are someone who follows laundering labels, have you noticed there are no longer any words, just symbols? How can one know what they all mean?

Some of you reading this are likely saying you never check the laundry label. What is the big deal? The big deal is not all fabrics are made for laundering in the washing machine and could be ruined if the laundry care label is not followed or you do not understand what the label is saying.

If you have certain items in your wardrobe which you may have invested a bit in or they are made of a fiber which require specific care, you may be interested to know what all the symbols on the laundry care label mean.

There is a handy chart available from University of Tennessee Extension. You can access it online at the Chouteau County MSU Extension website at on the Family and Consumer Sciences page or If you are unable to access it online, contact me to get a printed copy.

Keep this chart handy next to your washing machine and you will always have it to reference when those cryptic codes show up.

To learn more, contact Janell at the Chouteau County Extension Office at 622-3036, or in the green building next to the Chouteau County Courthouse at 1308 Franklin St in Fort Benton.

Follow us on Facebook @ChouteauCountyExtension to keep up to date on what is happening in Chouteau County Extension and 4-H.

Montana State University, US Department of Agriculture and Montana Counties Cooperating. MSU Extension is an equal opportunity/affirmative action provider of educational outreach.


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