How To Wash An American Flag?

Is it disrespectful to wash an American flag?

Whether you fly a flag daily or bring it out to honor our country on special days, taking care of the flag is a sign of respect. If your flag is looking dingy or is soiled, washing it is quite appropriate. The U.S. Flag Code does not prohibit washing our national flag.

How do you clean an American flag with cotton?

Set the washing machine on the gentle cycle with warm water. Add a mild liquid laundry detergent to the wash water. You can also hand wash the flag with a mild liquid detergent made for delicate items. Hang the flag to dry on a breezy day, out of the sun.

Can a US flag be dry cleaned?

To dry the flag, do not use a machine dryer; rather, just lay your flag flat until it is dry. If you are unsure of how to wash your flag, you can take it to a dry cleaner to have it professionally washed. Dry cleaning is an especially smart option for indoor flags that are not as durable as outdoor flags.

How do you properly dispose of an American flag?

The United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k) Amended 7 July 1976) states: “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Burning isn’t the only way to dispose of a flag, though.