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Washing
Bleaching
Drying
Ironing
Professional Cleaning

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Clothing Care

In the somewhat male–orientated context of the pub quiz, questions on topics such as this tend to be greeted with cries of "Girls' question!" (or suchlike). It is of course to be hoped that such cries are ironic; but in truth I think most quizzers, of either gender, would agree that if topics like this appeal more to the female of the species then they are only to be encouraged.

The best–established standards in fabric care seem to those of an organisation called Ginetex – "the international association for textile care labelling" – which is based in Switzerland. Although Ginetex appears to have global aspirations, its influence seems to be largely European, with other countries having their own standards. But as this website is unashamedly Europe–based, it's the European ones that I'm concentrating on.

Ginetex lists about 30 symbols on its "Overview" page; Wikipedia has about 40 on its page. Only a few of these are ever likely to get asked in a quiz; this is my selection of the ones that I think are likely to come up and/or are representative of the complete system.

Washing

Washing symbol Click to show or hide the answer
Gentle wash Click to show or hide the answer
Hand wash only Click to show or hide the answer
Do not wash Click to show or hide the answer

Bleaching

Bleaching allowed Click to show or hide the answer
Non-chlorine bleach only Click to show or hide the answer
Do not bleach Click to show or hide the answer

Drying

Tumble drying allowed Click to show or hide the answer
Do not tumble dry Click to show or hide the answer
Line drying Click to show or hide the answer
Drip line drying Click to show or hide the answer
Drip drying Click to show or hide the answer

With any of the last three symbols, if the lines are horizontal this means the item must be dried flat. If there's a diagonal line across the top left hand corner, it must be dried in the shade. For example:

Dry in the shade Click to show or hide the answer

Wikipedia has two diagonal lines, while Ginetex has only one. I'm guessing that two lines means "dry in deep shade" - or words to that effect!

Ironing

Ironing Click to show or hide the answer
Do not iron Click to show or hide the answer

Professional Care

Professional cleaning Click to show or hide the answer
Do not dry clean Click to show or hide the answer

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