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A Quick Digital Guide to Clothes Washing Symbols

August 17, 2017 - By 
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Are you washing your clothes properly?

Do you pay attention to the washing requirements of individual garments, or just throw everything in the machine together and hope for the best?

It’s easy to go for the latter, especially when clothes tags have so many confusing symbols on them.

If you’ve ever wondered what they all mean, you’re in the right place.

Read on for a guide on what all those clothes washing symbols mean.

Understanding Clothes Washing Symbols


Washing symbols are the ones that look like buckets filled with water.

They use dots and lines to show exactly how garments should be washed.

The number of dots in the center of the symbol indicates the temperature of the wash you should use. If there’s only one, use a cold wash. If there are two dots, use a warm one. Three dots mean you should use a hot wash.

Look at the bottom of the symbol for any lines.

If there’s one line underneath, it means you should use the permanent press cycle setting. This is most commonly used for synthetic fabrics. In this type of cycle, clothes are washed in warm water and rinsed with cold water on a slow spin. This helps to reduce the formation of wrinkles.

Two lines mean you should use a gentle cycle. This is usually seen on woolen garments.

Not all washing symbols use dots and lines. You might see one that looks like a bucket of water with a hand in it. This means a garment is not suitable for machine washing, and should be washed by hand only.


Square symbols tell you how to dry your clothes.

If there’s a circle inside the square, it’s suitable for machine drying. However, there’s more to it than that.

If the circle is black, don’t use any heat at all. If it’s white with one dot or more inside, you can use heat. One dot for low, two for medium, and three for high.

As with the washing symbols, lines underneath the square indicate the type of cycle you should use.

If a drying symbol has just a horizontal line inside, the garment should be dried flat. Vertical lines mean it’s suitable for drip drying.


Ironing symbols are simple.

They consist of a little iron outline with dots inside to indicate the appropriate temperature. Or, they have an ‘x’ to show that you shouldn’t use steam, or indeed any ironing at all.

Follow these symbols and use the best iron, and your clothes will stay looking great for longer.

Dry Cleaning

If your garment tag has a blank circle on it, it’s appropriate for dry cleaning only.

This means you shouldn’t attempt to wash it yourself.

If you’re looking for fur coat cleaning, leather cleaning, or anything particularly delicate, seek out a professional cleaning service.

Maintain Your Machine

Following the instructions on clothes washing symbols isn’t all you need to do. If your washing machine isn’t working as well as it should be, it won’t wash your clothes properly.

In fact, it could even damage them.

See our range of washing machine repair manuals to learn how to get your machine working its best.


The Top Pros and Cons of Wearing Masonic Rings

March 20, 2017 - By 

If you’re a new member of the Freemasonry, or if you’re about to become one, chances are you’re curious about those mason rings.

What is the meaning behind these rings?

Should you wear one? What does it mean if you do? What does it mean if you don’t?

As of 2015, the Masonic Service Association of North America had more than 1.6 million members, and there are just about as many opinions on ring wearing.

You’re mulling over the ring, and we’ve answered the call, by pulling together a list of Masonic ring pros and cons. Keep reading for help in deciding if a ring is right for you or if you’d rather pass.

Mason Ring Pros

  • The ring will constantly remind you to “live by the plumb”: The Freemasonry is a brotherhood committed to service to one another and the broader community; that’s why it gives more than $1.5 million a day to good causes! Your ring will serve as a constant reminder to uphold the tenets of the organization you proudly represent.
  • You will undoubtedly meet other Masons: The Masons are literally everywhere. From Alabama to Africa, New Mexico to New Zealand, Lubbock to London. Whether you are milling about your hometown or traveling in far-flung locations, you’re bound to find more Masons. Wearing your Masonic ring is a way of saying, “I’m a Mason, let’s be friends!”
  • You’ll get a chance to educate: Freemasonry is a centuries-old society whose illustrious alumni include Mozart, George Washington, Winston Churchill and Henry Ford, yet it’s shrouded in mystery. Wearing your ring will occasionally invite questions from nonmembers, which gives you a chance to spread the word and share your Masonic pride.
  • You can turn your ring into a family heirloom: Masonic rings are beautiful items to pass on to future generations, but if you choose to do so, make sure you also pass on the sanctity of Freemasonry membership. See the third bullet under “cons.”

Mason Ring Cons

  • The ring is bling: Masonic rings are not typically subtle accessories. You may find that there are certain times when you’d feel more comfortable with a toned-down look, such as a job interview or workout at the gym. Depending on your lifestyle, a ring just may not fit.
  • Questions from strangers: Bullet No. 3 above has a definite flip side. Nonmembers will have questions, and maybe even some pretty inaccurate misconceptions, about the Freemasonry. If you’d find a stranger’s Q&A annoying, you might want to skip the ring.
  • If you wear one, you better mean it: For Freemasons, the brotherhood is sacred. If you are wearing a ring just for the fashion statement, you are inviting the disdain of true Freemasons.

In the end, you have to do what’s right for you and your fingers. Remember that Masonic rings are not the only way to wear your Masonic pride. You may also consider dress cuffs, officer breast jewels, an embroidered badge, medals, a baseball cap, or for the Mason on the go, a car decal.