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What are wash care labels?

The wash care label is also referred to as a care label, washing instruction label, care & content label, and a few other choice terms.  Essentially, this is the label that you find in a garment that contains the washing instructions for the garment.  When I say washing, I actually mean all elements of care for the garment (washing, drying, ironing, etc.).  For an example, you may find a cotton t-shirt with the following care instructions.
MACHINE WASH COLD
 
WITH LIKE COLORS
 
GENTLE CYCLE
 
ONLY NON-CHLORINE
 
BLEACH WHEN NEEDED
 
TUMBLE DRY LOW
 
REMOVE PROMPTLY
 
LOW IRON IF NEEDED
 
Along with the written care instructions, you will also find care symbols that will match to the instruction of the written text. 
 
Some retailers may require bi-lingual care labels.  This is a label with more then one language.  Some retails may require additional languages as well.  The problem is that the care label is intended to be small so that it does not cause the wearer discomfort.  If you add multiple languages to the care label, the label becomes larger.  Keep in mind that the text can not be too small or people will have difficulty reading the instructions.
The wash care label also contains fabric content information.  The "content" refers to the fiber content.  For example, a garment can be 100% cotton.  Another example, would be a blended fabric that is 60% cotton / 40% polyester.
In the United States, it is required that each item of clothing contains a care label (wash care label).  As a matter of fact, the Federal Trade Commission has a whole list of care labeling rules.  You can check them out at http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/textilejump.shtm
If you are importing product into the United States, the care label will also contain an RN#.  RN stands for Registered Identification Number. It is a number issued by the FTC to U.S. businesses that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell products covered by the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts. Businesses can use this number on product labels in lieu of the company name.
The wash care label will also contain the country of origin.  This means the name of the country that produced the clothing.  Not the country that will be selling the product...
Learn more about care labels, woven labels, printed labels, and other types of clothing labels.
Thank you for reading this wash care label page.  If you are interested, you can also learn about ISO Care Symbols.

You may want to also learn about country of origin markings which typically get printed on the care label of a garment.

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