There’s an easy trick for how to wash a hat, without ruining its shape. This tutorial will teach you how to pre-treat, and wash your hats.
Continuing with my Love to Clean series, today I’m going to be sharing a no-fuss way for how to wash a hat.
This is a trick I learned many many moons ago from my mom. My dad has always loved to wear hats, and even as a little girl, I remember him wearing lots of baseball caps. The only problem with always wearing a hat is that you end up with a lot of dirty hats, or a really dirty favorite hat!
You would think, “hats are fabric”, so just toss them in the washing machine, but you don’t want to do that because all the tumbling inside the washing machine will make the hat lose its shape.
Luckily there’s an easy trick for how to wash a hat, without ruining their shape, and without having to hand wash it.
How to wash hats, here’s what you need:
- Dishwasher detergent (this is the one I use)
- White Vinegar (optional)
- Baking Soda (or Oxiclean)
Before doing anything else, make sure to remove any crusty dirt from the hat, by rinsing with warm water and a wash cloth.
If the hat(s) are really dirty, and stinky, pre-treat the dirty areas by spraying them with white vinegar. Let the vinegar soak for about 10 minutes.
If there are really bad sweat stains on the brim, you can spot-clean them by sprinkling the stains with baking soda. Baking soda is a great stain remover, I use it to get stains out of all sorts of things! If you don’t have baking soda on hand, you can also use Oxiclean.
After sprinkling it on, spraying it with vinegar, or use warm water, if you don’t have white vinegar. Then lightly scrub the hat with a toothbrush, or other soft bristle cleaning brush.
After the hat has been pre-treated for stains (and stink), place the hat on the top rack of the dishwasher. I usually run the hats through a full cycle with a load of pre-rinsed dishes. However if you aren’t comfortable having dishes in the dishwasher too, then fill up the top rack with all your hats and run them all at once.
Use regular dishwasher detergent in the load, it works great for washing your hats! Or if you’re not comfortable with that, you can use vinegar.
After the dishwasher has finished it’s cycle remove the hats, lay them out on a towel to air-dry.
It’s as simple as that!
By pre-treating your hats and running them through the dishwasher your hats will be clean and smell fresh all over again!
If you have a wool baseball cap, older hats you love, or vintage hats, I do not recommend placing it in the dishwasher because the hot water could cause the hat to shrink or lose it’s hat form. I recommend using warm water and some dish soap, or other mild detergent to spot-clean the hats in the sink.
Also, never use bleach on a baseball hats, because if the bleach isn’t properly washed out, it could irritate your skin when you wear it next.
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