Care labelling

Dry cleaning care labels

This chart is for guidance only and should be read in conjunction with the ACCC Care labelling for Clothing Guide which specifies the mandatory standards for care labelling based on the Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS) 1957:1998, Textiles—Care labelling with variations and additions made by Consumer Protection Notice No. 25 of 2010.

In Australia, care instructions must be permanently attached to articles, be written in English, and be appropriate for the care of the article.

Additional symbols may be used to clarify the instructions but symbols alone are not sufficient. As a minimum, laundering instructions include (in order) four symbols: washing, bleaching, drying, and ironing. Drycleaning instructions include one symbol. Professional Wet Cleaning symbols are included for information only as they are not currently recognised in Australia.


A printable PDF is available for members only as a resource at the bottom of this page. 


The washtub symbol tells you how the garment should be washed. The number inside the washtub is the maximum wash temperature. A bar underneath the washtub indicates that the garment should have mild treatment or washed using the Permanent Press setting. Two lines underneath the washtub indicate gentle or delicate treatment.


Permanent Press
Delicate / Gentle

Hand Wash

95 ° C

70 ° C

60 ° C

50 ° C

40 ° C
30 ° C
Do not wash

Do not wring


The triangle symbol gives information about whether it is safe to bleach the garment.

Any Bleach (when needed)

Only non-chlorine bleach (when needed)

Do Not Bleach


Tumble Dry - Cycles


Permanent Press

Delicate / Gentle

Tumble Dry - Settings

Any Heat




No Heat/Air

Air Dry - No Tumble Dry

Line Dry - Hang to Dry

Drip Dry

Dry Flat

In the shade


Do not dry

Do not tumble dry


The Iron symbol provides information on how the garment should be ironed. A system of dots indicates the acceptable temperature range for ironing.

Cool Iron

Warm Iron

Hot Iron


Do Not Iron

No Steam
(added to iron)


The letters within the circle are intended for professional textile cleaners. They give information on the solvents that can be used during the cleaning process.

The bar below the circle indicates that certain limitations in the dry-cleaning process are required. These may concern mechanical action, addition of moisture, and/or drying temperature.

Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene
Petroleum Solvent, Liquid Silicone

Any Solvent

Dry clean in accordance with F
with strict limitation on amount of water,
Reduced mechanical action, Low Drying Temp

Dry clean in accordance with P
with strict limitation
on amount of water,
Reduced mechanical action, Low Drying Temp

Do Not Dryclean

Professional Wet Cleaning

The symbol for wet cleaning is used for articles which may be treated in water by a professional wet-cleaning process.

Normal Process

Mild Process

Very Mild Process

Do Not Professionally Wet Clean