Symbols tell us important everyday things: Walk, No Smoking, Caution: Wet Floor, and Use Permanent Press/Wrinkle Resistant Setting. If the last one doesn't ring a bell, blame the American Society for Testing and Materials. That's the group responsible for the clothing care symbols that are meant to be easier to decipher than a word description. • We beg to differ. Thankfully, we already know to separate whites from darks and to wash delicates in cold. But somewhere along the way, we never learned that the international symbol for bleach is a triangle, or that simple dots could have so much meaning. • Here are examples of some of the symbols you may find on your washables. Just for fun, we've included some fakes. See if you can figure out which is which.
Holly Braford, Times staff writer