How to Wash a Baseball Cap: We Tried Various Methods So You Don't Have To

October 14, 2023 • Jamie Dorman

Ah, the beloved baseball cap. Whether it's your go-to for bad hair days, a cherished souvenir from that unforgettable game, or simply a fashion statement, hats often hold a special place in our wardrobes. But with frequent wear comes the inevitable: dirt, sweat, and those pesky hat bands that seem to attract every speck of grime. So, how do you wash a hat and restore its former glory?

Putting 4 Methods on How to Wash a Hat to the Test

At Sheets Laundry Club, we're not just about laundry; we're about solutions. And when it comes to hats, we've done the groundwork for you. Using a trusty toothbrush as our primary tool, we've tested the top methods to clean a hat band, and here's the lowdown.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a common household staple, often found in medicine cabinets. Known for its antiseptic and whitening properties. When we put it to the test on the hat band, it didn't deliver the pristine white results we hoped for, it left the band cleaner but fell short of delivering the pristine white results we aimed for.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda 

Next up, we paired hydrogen peroxide with another household favorite, baking soda, this combination proved more effective than using hydrogen peroxide alone. While it's a decent option in a pinch, there are contenders that outshone this duo.

Baking Soda and Distilled White Vinegar

For those who swear by the cleaning properties of baking soda and vinegar, this pairing might resonate with you. Baking soda, known for its gentle abrasive qualities, when teamed up with the acidic prowess of distilled white vinegar, proved to be quite the dynamic duo. The outcome? A hat band that was notably cleaner, securing its position as the second-best method in our trials.

Sheets Laundry Club Detergent Sheets 

Bias aside, our very own Sheets Laundry Club detergent sheets stole the show. A few torn pieces in a bowl, a splash of water, and a toothbrush were all it took to tackle those stubborn sweat stains. The outcome was a hat band that looked as good as new, proving that sometimes, innovation trumps tradition.

While each method had its merits, the Sheets Laundry Club detergent sheets were the clear winner. But why stop at the hat band? If you're wondering how to wash hats in their entirety and ensure they retain their shape, color, and fit, we've got you covered.  

If you want to witness these techniques in action, be sure to watch our TikTok demonstration.

Beyond the Band: Comprehensive Hat Care

While the hat band often grabs our attention due to its knack for attracting grime, let's not forget that there's an entire hat around it that craves care. Whether it's that cherished baseball cap from a memorable game or a stylish fedora that elevates your outfit, giving it the right care can ensure it stays with you for the long haul. So, how do you wash a baseball cap or any other hat without compromising its integrity?

Hand Wash with Care

Hand washing remains one of the safest methods, especially for hats with delicate embroidery or made from materials that might not fare well in a machine. 

Fill a basin with lukewarm water. While any mild laundry detergent will suffice, our top pick is, of course, Sheets Laundry Club detergent Sheets. Not only is it effective in tackling stubborn stains, but it's also eco-friendly and gentle on fabrics, ensuring your hat remains in pristine condition. 

Gently agitate the water until the detergent dissolves. Immerse your hat, gently scrubbing any particularly dirty areas, then rinse thoroughly and reshape it. Let it air dry, preferably on a clean towel, ensuring it retains its shape.

Machine Wash 

For those hats with a care label that gives the green light for machine washing, there's a way to ensure they come out looking just as good as they went in. 

Start by placing your hat in a hat frame to maintain its shape. Toss in a towel or a few other laundry items. This ensures your hat frame isn't orchestrating a solo drum performance inside the machine.

Choose a gentle cycle and cold water, adding in your detergent. If your hat has seen better days and is looking particularly grimy, give it an extra boost with our Sheets Laundry Booster + Stain Fighter Pack. After the wash, always opt for air drying to prevent any potential shrinking or distortion of its form. 

Storage Solutions

How you store your hat can make a significant difference in its longevity. Always store hats in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, which can fade colors. For those precious pieces, consider individual hat boxes or racks.

Spot Cleaning for Quick Fixes:

For minor stains or spills, spot cleaning can be a lifesaver. To tackle these,  we suggest using the same method used for the hat band: Moisten the stained section, take a piece of the laundry detergent sheet, and delicately work it over the spot. Finish with a thorough rinse. This method is especially useful for sudden spills or when you're short on time."

Embrace the Hat Life with Confidence

Hats are more than just accessories; they're expressions of style, shields from the sun, and mementos of cherished moments. By knowing how to wash hats effectively, you ensure they remain a part of your wardrobe for years to come.

For more insights, tips, and laundry solutions, follow us on TikTok and explore our range of innovative supplies at  Sheets Laundry Club. Remember, with the right care, every hat can tell a story. Make sure yours tells one of adventure, style, and impeccable care.