Care Label Information & Instructions ; Care & Content Labels for Clothing
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In the United States, the Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to clothing and some piece goods.

Federal Trade Commission
Phone # 202 326 2180

Consumer Safety Commission

U.S Department of Commerce
Office of Textile & Apparel
Phone # 202 482 3400

Environmental Protection Agency: Apparel Care

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Federal Trade Commission
Textile, Wool, Fur and Apparel Matters regarding proper labeling of clothing and fashion accessories that is sold in the United States.  The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to garments.

RN #
Find Company Name, Update Your RN# , Frequently Asked Questions about RN or CA numbers. 

CA # (Canada) - The CA Identification Number is a five digit identification number preceded by the letters CA (ex: CA00000).  The CA Identification Number is an identification number obtained by applying to the Competition Bureau. This identification number, commonly referred to as "CA Number", is registered for the exclusive use of a Canadian dealer on the label of a consumer textile article in place of a name and postal address.

Care Label Suppliers
Manufacturers of care labels for the clothing industry.

Care Symbols / International Care & Content Symbols
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Care Label Translations
Translation for care labels in (English / Spanish)
& (English / French)

Clothes Captioning: Complying with the Care Labeling Rule : The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the Care Labeling Rule which requires manufacturers and importers to attach care instructions to garments. The FTC has information about other Rules relating to labeling textile products for fiber content, country of origin and manufacturer identity. Care labels often are a deciding factor when consumers shop for clothing. While some consumers look for the convenience of drycleaning, others prefer the economy of washable garments. In fact, surveys show that consumers want washing instructions. Some manufacturers try to reach both markets with garments that can be cleaned by either method. The Rule lets you provide more than one set of care instructions, if you have a reasonable basis for each instruction. Some manufacturers provide instructions for both methods but add, "For best results, dryclean." This tells consumers that the garment can be washed without damage, but drycleaning may be better for appearance and durability. If truthful and substantiated, care instructions like these are acceptable.

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 Label Definitions
 Stain Removal / Quick & Easy Stain Removal Clothing & fabrics

Care labels are the labels inside clothing or fashion accessories that provides wash care instructions, fiber content, country of origin, and a few other important details of information.  The care labels are sometimes references as content labels, wash care labels, or care instruction labels.  Regardless of the name, the care label is a very important component of any garment.  In fact, there are legal requirements in regarding to proper labeling.

Additional resources to assist:

Country of Origin Markings

Understanding Clothing Labels: information from Daz soap company.

Laundry Care and Laundry Care Symbols: information about clothing care from Tide.

Unusual Clothing Care Label

Wash Care Labels

Canada Care Labeling Guide

Washing Clothes

If you need help with labeling and garment manufacturing, you can try the garment production & sourcing services section here on Apparel Search.

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