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Definitive Guide of Washing Hats

Definitive Beginner’s Guide to Washing Hats

Hats are versatile accessories that you can wear all year round. They are useful in shielding you from the scorching sun or the freezing weather. You can also wear them to complement your style. Most hats are wearable in any season. Due to constant wear, they collect a lot of dirt from skin sweat, hair oils, dust in the air, and contact with the body and hands. You, therefore, need to clean them occasionally. If you are looking for ways to clean your hats correctly, you are in the right place. 

Before we get onto the procedures, you already know that hats are made of different materials. Likewise, their washing procedures cannot be the same. The specialized method for each hat ensures the hat remains in perfect shape and condition after you clean it. In this article, we give you a descriptive guide on how to clean your hat. Get a comfortable seat, and put a cold drink by your side because we will make this reading a thrilling one for hat lovers.

Cleaning Baseball Hats

Before you clean your baseball cap, you need to check the instruction on the label. This way, you will figure out if its machine washable or not. Failure to keep this factor in consideration may mess up your hat. 

Follow the procedure below for baseball hats that are not machine washable:

  • Half-fill a bucket or sink with warm water. Add laundry detergent to the water. 
  •  Soak the hat in the solution for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Use a soft towel or a brush with soft bristles to scrub spotted and greasy areas. Pay keen attention to the spots on the brim. Keep a close focus on the band of the hat that holds on to the head. This area collects a lot of grease from oil hair and sweat. Be sure to scrub the interior surface of the crown gently. 
  • Rinse the hat in enough cold water. 
  • Use a clean, dry towel to suck excess water from the hat. 
  • Leave to dry slowly

If your baseball cap is machine washable, follow the procedure below

  • Place your cap into your washing machine. Place it alone, or with a small load of laundry. Overloading the device may make the hat lose its shape.
  • Use a mild washing machine detergent.
  • Go for warm water on a gentle cycle.
  • If your cap is heavily soiled, use potent stain removers.
  • Allow it to dry

Alternatively, you can use your dishwasher to clean your hats. Here is how you do it like a pro:

  • Soak your hat with dishes that are not heavily soiled. Heavily soiled dishes may further stain your hat.
  • Add detergent to the dishwasher dispenser.
  • Place your caps on the top rack.
  • Run the dishwasher on a low-heat or normal cycle.
  • Allow your hat to air dry.

This method cleans your hats well, but the chances of your hat losing its shape are high. 

Tip: When it comes to drying baseball hats, you have to be more careful. They tend to lose their shape or wrinkle up. You can dry it over a spherical bowl or a mannequin head. The spherical shape ensures the cap remains in form as it dries up. 

Our best method would be to hand-wash your baseball caps. The technique is useful in the retention of the hat’s shape and color. 

Cardboard brim hats should not be soaked in water. To know whether your hat has a cardboard brim, gently knock on the rim. If it is made of cardboard, it will produce a hollow sound. Spot clean the caps because the water will destroy the cardboard brim. 

Cleaning a Beanie

You ought to be very careful with the cleaning of your beanie. Beanies are made from a range of synthetic and natural materials. To be on the safe side, check the beanie’s label to figure out what stuff it is made of before you commit a cleaning ‘sin’. If there is no label, and you cannot seem to figure out what material it is, take the safer way. The more reliable way with beanies is to wash it manually, with your hands. 

Beanies lose their shape and elasticity very quickly. That is the last thing you want to happen. We highly recommend that you wash your beanies by hand to retain its shape and elasticity. 

  • Half-fill your bucket or sink with cold water. Add a tablespoon of mild detergent. 
  • Swirl and knead your beanie until you are satisfied that it is clean. Drain the now dirty soapy water. 
  • Rinse the beanie under running water until the water is clear. You can periodically wring the beanie unless it is woolen. Press woolen beanies against the sink to drain excess water. 
  • Pat a clean, dry towel to clear water in the woolen beanies. It is alright to wring your cotton beanie gently. 
  • Air-dry your beanie. Never use the drier; it is a sure way to shrink the beanie. Dry it on a flat surface. Hanging may overstretch it. Use your fingers to pull the beanie back in shape while it is still wet. 

Tip: If you have specific areas with stubborn stains, use spray detergent on them. Let the stains soak for some time. Gently rub on the stain to clear the blemishes. 

How to Clean a Straw Hat

Straw hats are a stylish way to hit the streets on sunny summer days. They accumulate dirt quickly due to the increased sweating during the hot days. Oily hair also stains straw hats. They may also get smelly if you do not clean them as required. 

Cleaning a straw hat can be a little tricky because you cannot submerge them in water. Besides, excess water can destroy the straws. You, therefore, need to clean the straw hat with little water. Ensure your straw hats never get rained on. In case you are rained on wearing it, pat your hat dry with a clean towel to drain excess water.

How to Wash Woolen and Felt Hats

There is a variety of stylish woolen hats that should find their way to your daily style. Woolen hats include berets, fedoras, woolen beanies, and baker boy hats. If you clean woolen caps wrongly, you largely reduce its life span. To wash them correctly, you need a felt hat brush.

Follow the procedure below to clean your woolen hat;

  • Do not wet the hat. Neither should you submerge it in water.
  • Brush the woolen surface with a felt brush. Keep the motions circular. This clears off the dust and debris that hiding in the woolen fabric. 
  • Leave it to dry

Tip: If your woolen hat has a lot of stubborn stains, we recommend professional cleaning. Wool is delicate, and the best bet is just letting a professional cleaner handle it for you. Remember to use steam in reshaping deformed woolen hats. 

How to Clean Leather Hats

Leather hats have always been a stylish and classy accessory that can take your fashion sense to another level. No, let’s rephrase that. Fire up your style sounds more befitting, don’t you think? Cleaning leather has always been a challenge for a lot of people. They are quite expensive and lavish. You do not want to spoil something you spent so much money to acquire. If you master the skill of cleaning your leather hat, you will forever manage to maintain the strong and durable caps in good shape. You need the right products to keep your clean your leather hats.

Follow the cleaning procedure below and do not miss a step!

  • Occasionally treat your leather hats with mink oil.
  • Never use saddle soap on your leather, lest you dry up the leather.
  • Condition the leather and place it on a counter away from direct sunlight.
  • The band that holds the cap onto the head should be cleaned according to its material. Pay keen attention to the band because it collects dirt quickly.  



Rocking a hat and looking stylish is one thing, but cleaning the cap and maintaining it is another story. A lot of people fail miserably when it comes to cleaning hats. One thing you should always keep in mind is that hats come in different materials, styles, and designs. There is, therefore, no universal way to clean your hat. The correct way to clean your beloved hat is to follow the proper procedures specific to its nature.

As you wash them, remember hats are very delicate. If you are not careful with what you are doing, you may end up losing its original shape and color. Follow the right process for each cap and materials. Use the right products and equipment, and consult a professional if you need to. Never risk trying out a procedure you are not sure of, especially if you value the cap, or you invested heavily in it. Proper cleaning and maintenance will have you rocking your hat longer than you ever imagined. Always wear your hat with style and clean it like a pro.

guide to cleaning white hats

Definitive Guide to Cleaning White Hats

There’s something unique and special about a great looking white hat. From knit beanies to white panel hats, these striking hats always look sharp. That is until they get dirty, discolored, or stained. Ugh. 

Whether it’s a beanie, 5-panel hat, or a dad cap, keeping your white hat clean is tough. If your favorite white hat isn’t all that white anymore due to dirt, grime, sweat or food stains, we feel your pain! So how in the world are you supposed to clean white hats? 

Cleaning any hat requires careful attention and even more so if it’s white. White hats need extra care since dirt, spots, stains, and even slight damage can easily be seen. To help you avoid making cleaning mistakes, we’ve put together this definitive guide to cleaning white hats.

Read through the step-by-step informational guide below to determine what method is best for the type of hat you have. Once you have a good understanding of how to clean your white hat, it will come out as bright and fresh as the day you first started wearing it. 

Prior to Washing Your White Hat 

If you were to toss your white hat straight into the washing machine without thought, disaster could strike. White hats, just like white clothes, require some extra steps when cleaning. 

You may be surprised to learn that the washing machine is not the only option for washing white hats. Depending on the type of hat you have and what it’s made of, you may need to wash your hat by hand or just spot-clean it.

We’ve listed a few things below you need to know before you even think about getting out the laundry detergent.  Be sure to follow these instructions so your white hat comes out the way it should; as fresh and clean as newly-fallen snow. 

Read the Labels and Follow the Advice 

Your hat most likely has some small labels sewn inside. These labels are there to tell you what material your hat is made of and how to wash it. Find out what material you hat is made of and follow the washing instructions. If a label says not to use hot water, then don’t! Otherwise, your hat will shrink, making it worthless to you.

If you see a ‘dry-clean only’ label, the chances are your hat is made of wool or a wool blend. This means the material is not machine washable. You’ll need to take your hat to dry cleaners and let the pros do the work. However, if you see a ‘hand wash only’ label, you can use a wool cleaner like Woolite to clean your hat in the sink. 

Be Cautious Using Bleach 

If you don’t see a ‘no bleach’ label and your hat is made of cotton or a cotton blend, it’s most likely safe to use bleach. Just like a bit of bleach in the wash cycle with your white clothes can remove dinginess and brighten up things, to make your hat whiter and brighter. 

But before you dump a lot of bleach into your washing machine or sink, read the label on the bottle. Using too much bleach can wreak havoc on your hat. In fact, bleach is highly corrosive which means it can eat right through the material to ruin it. So read the label and use the bleach exactly as directed. Otherwise, skip the bleach altogether and rely on the power of your laundry detergent to get the job done. 

Don’t Wash Your Hat in the Dishwasher 

Contrary to what you may have read online, it’s not a good idea to wash hats in dishwashers. Dishwashers spray high-intensity jets of very hot water on dirty dishes to remove stuck-on food. A hat is not constructed to take such a beating. Instead of coming out nice and clean, your hat will come out discolored, misshapen, and a size or two smaller due to shrinkage. 

Dishwashers are designed for washing dishes and nothing more. So if you’re thinking of trying to wash your hat in your dishwasher, get that idea out of your head because it’s not a good one! Continue reading for safe and effective methods for cleaning white hats.  

Old-Fashioned Hand-Washing a White Hat 

The old school method of handwashing white hats is a good one. This method does require a bit of prep time and patience. However, it’s all worth it in the end. Your dirty white hat will come out remarkably clean and white if you hand wash your hat correctly. This method works best for white hats made of cotton, cotton blends, wool, and synthetic materials. 

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent 
  • 1 cup peroxide 
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • A soft-bristled brush like a dish brush or toothbrush 

How to Hand Wash a White Hat

If your white hat is made of cotton, cotton blend, or synthetic material, fill your sink with warm (not hot) water. As the sink is filling with water, add the peroxide, laundry detergent, and baking soda. Then use a wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients into the water. 

If your white hat is made of wool, fill your sink half-way with cool or cold water. Then add one capful of Woolite or another detergent made for cleaning wool.

Now it’s time to put your hat into the water and submerge it. Move your hat around to be sure it gets fully saturated. Then leave it be for about one hour while the detergent works to remove dirt and grime. 

Once an hour has passed, use the brush to scrub away any stubborn stains caused by sweat or grime. Just work gently on those stains and be very careful. Don’t work against the nap of a wool hat to avoid snags. Once you’re satisfied your hat is thoroughly clean, rinse away the detergent with warm water for cotton and cool water for wool. 

Use a clean white towel to dab excess moisture from your newly washed hat. Then place your hat on a dry clean towel and allow it to air dry. Be sure the area you dry your hat in is well-ventilated. It’s fine to hang up a dad cap, baseball hat, or a 5-panel hat. It’s not OK to hang up a beanie cap because doing so will make it stretch out of shape. If your white hat is a beanie, place it on clothes drying rack and let it dry that way. 

Spot-Cleaning a White Hat that’s Not Terribly Dirty

It’s not always necessary to fully submerge a hat in water in order to get it clean. If your white hat is made of synthetic material or wool and has a strong shape like a 5-panel hat or a trilby, spot-cleaning is a great way to spiff it up. 

What You’ll Need 

  • 1 cup peroxide 
  • 1 tablespoon laundry detergent or Woolite 
  • ⅛ cup baking soda
  • One soft-bristled brushes
  • White washcloth 

To make the cleaning solution for hats made of cotton or synthetic material, add the peroxide, laundry detergent or Woolite, and the baking soda to one gallon of warm water.  To make the cleaning solution for wool hats, add one capful of Woolite to a gallon of cold water. 

How to Spot Clean a White Hat 

Place your brush into the cleaning solution to saturate the bristles. Then use a small scoop to place a dab of the cleaning solution onto the hat’s dirty or stained spots. Gently scrub the marks with the brush until the stains are removed.

Once you’re satisfied the stains or spots are removed, take your clean washcloth and get it damp in cool water. Use the washcloth to remove any remaining dirt and cleaning solution by dabbing your hat. Now all that’s left to do is air dry your hat in a well-ventilated area. 

Machine-Washing a White Hat 

It’s convenient to clean a white hat in the washing machine. However, you need to follow some basic guidelines to make sure your hat comes out clean and in great shape. Machine-washing is best for white panel hats and beanies made of cotton. Do not wash wool hats in the washing machine or wool blend hats! 

What You’ll Need 

  • Spray-on stain remover 
  • 2 tablespoons laundry detergent with whitening power 
  • Mesh laundry bag with drag-string or zip closure

How to Machine Wash a White Hat 

Take your spray-on spot remover and pre-treat your hat. Pay particular attention to the headband inside your hat, the crown area, and the underside of the brim. Once you’ve pre-treated the stains, place your hat inside the mesh laundry bag and close it securely. 

Set your washing machine on cold water and the gentle/delicate cycle. It’s best to add your hat to a small load of white clothes. This way, your hat will rub up against the clothing when the machine is agitating to help remove stubborn dirt and stains.

When the washing machine turns off, remove your hat and allow it to air dry. Hats put in clothes dryers can easily shrink, stretch, or become misshapen so don’t toss your damp hat in the dryer. Allow your hat to dry naturally by placing it on a dry, clean white towel in a well-ventilated area. 



Getting white hats fresh and clean isn’t impossible nor is it hard to do.  For the best results possible, find out what your hat is made of and read the labels sewn inside your white hat! Then follow our handy guide to clean white hats. 

Once you get your white hat fresh, clean, and dazzling white once again, take great care of it. If you give your hat some TLC, it won’t need cleaning so often. And by all means, if you see a spot or stain on your white hat, don’t ignore it! 

Whenever you notice dirt or a stain on your white hat, follow the spot-cleaning instructions above. This way, you’ll stay one step ahead! Eye-catching white hats are made to be enjoyed and admired from afar!

At Delusion MFG, our passion is hats. Whenever you need a new white hat, be it a beanie, dad cap, or panel hat, visit us! We’ve got a wide selection of hats and low, everyday prices!