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It may look like Egyptian hieroglyphics now, but understanding the 3 must-know care labels can change the way your clothes look and feel. For instance, when it comes time to washing your dark-colored cotton hoodies, it's important to use cold water to prevent fading.

Sounds simple, right? It is, if you know what the hell you're doing. Below, we break down the three most important care-label logos you should recognize when it's time to get the detergent out...

REGULAR/NORMAL CYCLE
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• If there's a hand in here, it means hand-wash only.

SET DRYER AT LOW HEAT
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• Two dots = medium heat and three dots = high heat.

DRY CLEAN
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• This garment is too nice for soap. Leave it to the professionals.