What are your clothes saying?

The symbols below are in your clothes and tell you the maximum temperature your clothes can handle.

Cold Warm Hot

Washer Water Temperature

How do you know the best temperature for your wash load?

Before you touch that dial or push that button, consider the following:

Cold Warm Hot


Cold Water

For jeans, delicate fabrics or dark, bright colors that can bleed, use cold water. Cold water also saves energy, so it is a good choice if you want to help the planet.


Warm Water

For undergarments, smelly clothes or athletic garments, use warm water.


Hot Water

For whites, really dirty clothes, towels and diapers, hot water has its pros, like removing germs and heavy soil. Remember, hot water can shrink, fade and damage some fabric, so be sure to read your garment care labels before selecting the hot option.

Wait, there’s more.

There are other symbols that relate to fabric care that you might find helpful.

  • Bleach Bleach
  • Tumble Dry Tumble Dry
  • Iron Iron
  • Dry Clean Dry Clean