Clothing Care Labels For Dummies

For those who can’t decipher the hieroglyphs on clothing care labels, now there’s one that suggests a helpful alternative.

En detalj som fÃ¥r mig att le – är det viktigt? [Henrick’s TankegÃ¥ngar]


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  1. shof515 says:

    it will be nice if that site was in ENGLISH!!

  2. agent 47 says:

    “Sexist…” – David Brent

    • Murph1908 says:

      Instructions for balancing a checkbook:

      Take your statement balance, subtract debits not yet cleared, and add deposits not yet credited. This should match the balance in your ledger.

      Or give it to your father. He knows how to do it.

      Why is one acceptable and the other not?

      • agent 47 says:


      • Destra says:

        That’s not acceptable either. They’re both sexist.

      • DariusC says:

        One is blue collar and the other is white collar.

      • danmac says:

        Too bad he quoted the boss from the British version of The Office. David Brent is like Michael in the American version of the show, only even more lacking in common sense, self-awareness, or empathy. I think agent 47 was being “ironical”, only his reference material was a little obscure for the non-BBC-watching crowd.

        • Murph1908 says:

          I caught the reference. I read it as a sarcastic claim of sexism. But I have not seen the British version (I knew of the characters), so my interpretation might be off.

          I commented because I thought the joke could be construed as sexist. I don’t have thin skin when it comes to such jokes. I have an issue with the double standard of acceptance.

      • mobiuschic42 says:

        I’d say your example is sexist because it assumes your father is the one balancing the checkbook. My mom does the checkbook and my dad does the laundry.

  3. danmac says:

    Honestly, that’s pretty funny, unless your mother is dead.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Or mentally incapacitated, or physically disabled to the point where she couldn’t do this, or abusive, or if she abandoned you.

      • Michael Belisle says:

        Or if you have two fathers, or you’re an orphan, or if you lack a sense of humor for jokes that most people will get.

  4. smo0 says:

    That’s about right… I hate laundry…. I just toss everything in at once…. pull it out, toss it in the dryer, high heat for like… an hour… pull it out, throw it on the chair for later use.


    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      that is kind of me; I separate roughly by “light” “dark” and “bright” … though I tend to dry on medium-low heat. I air-dry only a few things, like the shirt I am wearing now… because it is a complicated garment of multiple layers and weirdness, and if I stick it in the dryer, it becomes ridiculously tangled and impossible to wear.

    • varro says:

      I jam everything in the washer and dryer, break them, then use the microwave to dry it, when I’m not interrupted by my cougar neighbor.

  5. Daggertrout says:

    Ok, so you wash this garment in hot water, you can iron, and you can also park on it without getting a ticket.

    But what the hell do the pyramid and boxes mean?

    • RStormgull says:

      Well the box thing means you can’t stick it in the dryer, I think. The pyramid definitely means that you can’t wear this if you are Pyramidhead.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      One of those means that you should totally wear it to a Hollywood premiere; those are searchlights, right?

    • pop top says:

      OT but I love your avatar.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      The triangle is for bleach and the box is for drying.

      So for the tag in the photo, do not use bleach, do not machine dry, dry flat. Having an X-ed out box is redundant: the box with the line through it which indicates dry flat also means don’t machine dry.

  6. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    +1 truthiness

  7. D0rk says:

    Damnit, I saved this into my favorites on my RSS reader before realizing that it was pretty much a joke picture.

  8. Skankingmike says:

    wash all clothes in cold water, dry only old clothes and preshrunk clothes everything else hang dry.

    use very little detergent. Double Rinse for towels.

    Been doing laundry since I was 12. My mother always shrank my clothes, so she told me “if you don’t’ like it do it yourself”

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I had a similar experience except for that when I was roughly 11 my family moved in with another family and their daughter was a plumper young girl, but somehow wore a lot of the same or similar clothes as me, and my mom would mix them up and then when my stuff got back to me it was all stretched out. So I started doing it myself to keep my own clothes. Besides, someone else wearing your underwear is really creepy.

  9. Angus99 says:

    Laundry related – anybody use that new Shout product, “Color Catcher”, yet? I saw an ad on TV that says you throw one in, and don’t have to separate whites and colors. If it’s true, I put it right up there with fire and the invention of the wheel. However, I’m assuming the “too good to be true” rule has to apply here.

    • Tim says:

      It’s not new. I use one or two when my wash includes new things with strong colors (I don’t separate whites/colors usually, and newer items have a stronger tendency to bleed). Seems to work alright.

      • Angus99 says:

        Cool, thanks! I saw it advertised on TV this week, and assumed it was new. I think I’m going to give it a try.

  10. chaesar says:

    yeah your mother really knows how to do it! OH!


  11. dr_drift says:

    The symbols, the text on the label, that’s all fine. I just kinda had a problem understanding “En detalj som fÃ¥r mig att le – är det viktigt?”

  12. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    While funny…it’s also quite a nice portrayal of how we learn and function in America. Unless it’s a prepackaged food, hardly any of us could Feed ourselves either (save the hunters).

    Joke’s on us, America.

    • trey says:

      yep… that’s probably why they are listing the temperature in CELSIUS!

      “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

  13. Rocket says:

    I have a MTV shirt, and on the tag is says “Don’t be a hippie, wash your shirt”.

  14. Rocket says:

    Or, you can give it your wife, like this tag says.

  15. Dallas_shopper says:

    Yeah, cos we can all read fucking Swedish. At least I think that’s Swedish. :-|

  16. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    It’s for yarn but the same symbols are used for fabrics.

  17. JulesNoctambule says:

    I learned to do my own laundry as a kid after it became clear that my mother never bothered with little details like water temperature and proper dilution of bleach. Made for a lot of new clothes, anyway!

  18. Mariushm says:

    There’s was another one like this:

    Tested on animals. They didn’t fit.

  19. MacBenah says:

    Lessee… Use 40 cups of detergent, Stop Aliens from landing on pyramids, Also watch out for Aliens peeking, Parking Allowed, Stop Aliens from making crop circles too, and… Have no idea what the last would be.

  20. Scott says:

    This is a better resource:

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  22. Moosenogger says:

    I found the “Give it to your wife, it’s her job” one far more offensive.