The Only True Way to Wash a Hat (NOT A DISHWASHER)

As most of you may be familiar with many hat washing instructions and tips recommend putting your hat in the dishwasher or washing machine. There are even contraptions created for the sole purpose of putting your hat in the dishwasher so it will keep its shape. If you need a device to keep your hat from being destroyed during washing that should be an immediate red flag not to do it.

I have been wearing hats for as long as I can remember, and I’ve spent years finding the best and most effective way to wash a hat. I’ve had many hats discolored, deformed, or completely destroyed in both the dishwasher and washing machine. Sure, using either one of those is probably quicker and easier than the steps I’ve outlined below. However, if you love your hat and want to bring it back to life I highly suggest using the following six steps. These six easy steps will take a little more time than a dishwasher but washing the hat you care about can be a delicate process. If you follow the steps outlined below, I guarantee your hat will look as good as new again but still fit like a well-worn hat should.

1. Fill up the sink or a bucket with warm water and baby shampoo or mild bleach-free soap and let your hat soak for an hour or two.

2. If there are certain spots that are exceptionally dirty you can spray those spots with oxy clean or similar product and scrub them with a soft bristle toothbrush and again let the hat soak until completely clean.

3. You may need to repeat the process above depending on how dirty the hat is.

4. Once you feel it’s clean take the hat out of the water and gently rinse the hat off with clean water.

5. If your hat has mesh gently wipe the mesh portion with a damp cloth to remove any remaining soap residue and then let the hat air dry at room temperature. Do not put your hat in the dryer!

6. I recommend stuffing a towel or cloth inside the hat or putting the hat around a bowl to keep the shape until dry.

I hope these six steps have been helpful and clear. Please feel free to leave comments if you are experiencing any issues during this process. These steps will work for all types of hats such as: trucker mesh hats, baseball hats/caps, flat brim hats, fitted hats, hats with patches, running hats, biking hats, snapback hats, you name it I’ve washed it.

Lastly, if your hat just happens to be on it’s last leg and simply worn out feel free to check out my shop for some cool and unique hats to help replace the loss you’ve recently experienced. My website is and if you leave a comment here I will happily provide you with a discount on your order. Thanks for reading!


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