If you're a student learning to do your washing alone for the first time, one of the most confusing things to get your head around are all those symbols on the labels of your clothes - particularly if you're an international student unused to the UK laundry symbols. Luckily, these symbols are there to make life easier and to stop you from shrinking or ruining your favourite clothes!

To make things easier, here's an easy guide to understanding what the different symbols displayed on laundry labels mean: