Chances are, your hat is going to get dirty at some point. Knowing how to wash a hat is an essential skill that will keep you looking fresh and save money in the long run. The good news is, washing a hat is easy, and your hat will look spanking new for years to come. Check out these tips on how to hand wash a hat.
How to Hand Wash a Hat
You can wash a hat in a few different ways (like washing a hat in the dishwasher). But washing a hat by hand is the safest and most effective way to get it clean. Follow these steps for how to hand wash a hat, and you'll be looking spiffy in no time.
What You’ll Need
- A sink or bucket
- Cool water
- Mild detergent
- A clean towel
Steps for How to Hand Wash a Hat
- Fill a sink or bucket with cool water.
- Add a tablespoon of mild laundry detergent. For wool, use a special detergent, like Woolite. For tough stains or cleaning a white hat, you can add a tablespoon of color-safe oxygen bleach (like OxiClean) to the soapy water.
- Use your hand to mix the detergent and water.
- Fully submerge the hat into the soapy water and hold it there until it's soaked.
- If there are stains, apply a dab of mild detergent directly to the stained area and softly scrub it with a toothbrush.
- Leave the hat to soak in the detergent solution. Soak it for about one hour (15 minutes if you're in a hurry). You can check it halfway through to see if the stains are coming out. If they aren't, repeat step five and keep soaking.
- When the hat is finished soaking, remove it from the detergent solution and rinse it by holding it under cool running water for a few minutes.
- Gently squeeze excess water from the hat.
- Pat the hat dry with a clean towel.
- Set the hat aside to air dry. You can help the hat keep its shape by placing a balled-up towel inside the hat.
Things to Avoid
- Don't wash the hat in hot water. It can shrink the hat or cause colors to bleed.
- Don't use chlorine bleach on the hat. It strips color from the hat and can damage the fabric.
- If you don't have OxiClean for stains, you can mix the detergent solution with a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of hydrogen peroxide. If the hat is wool, stick to a detergent like Woolite.
- Don't wring, twist, or stretch the hat while it's wet.
- Don't scrub stains too hard; it can cause the stitching to unravel. Be especially careful on the mesh panel of trucker hats.
- For sweat stains, you can also use shampoo, which is intended to remove body oils.
- Don't put the hat in direct sunlight while air drying. It can cause colors to fade.
- If you have an older hat with a cardboard bill, don't submerge it in water. Stick to spot-cleaning.
- Don't put the hat in a dryer. It will shrink the hat or cause colors to fade.
No matter how dirty your hat is, you can get it looking brand new in a few short hours. Learning how to hand wash a hat is a valuable skill you'll take advantage of for the rest of your life.