How to Wash a Baseball Cap without Ruining It

A lot of dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on the baseball caps and hats.

When the baseball players are on the field, they work hard to give their best performance so that their team can win the match.

In the process, baseball caps become very dirty and grubby.

You can’t expect from a player to give their best performance unless his lucky and comfortable baseball cap is dirt & dust free. Sometimes, caps get wrinkles and look bad, so you should know how to fix the wrinkles and wash it.

But, the more significant issue is how you can wash the baseball cap easily & effectively without ruining it because many people wash their hats in such a way that they remove the dirt & grime, but they ruin the shape of the baseball cap.

Therefore, it is extremely essential to correctly know how to wash a baseball cap without ravaging it.

Washing a Baseball Cap

Below, I’m sharing the best way for cleaning & washing your baseball cap.

So, let’s get started.

Washing a Baseball Cap without Ruining It

Washing & Cleaning of Cap

2 Ways of Washing

If you want to wash a baseball hat, then you have two ways to do that.

  1. Washing with your hands
  2. Washing with Dishwasher or Washing Machine

You can use any method for cleaning your baseball cap, but washing with your hands is more effective and safer way to do that.

I recommend that you wash your baseball cap with your hands because you have more control over the washing.

Along with that, if your cap has cardboard brim or if it’s made of wood, then you can ruin your baseball cap by washing it in the dishwasher.

Whether your cap is made of wool, contains cardboard brim, or any other hand-stitched design, in that case, you should wash your cap with hands.

Note: In the process of washing your cap, do not use a detergent that contains bleach. It can harm your hat.

The best tip to find which is the most suitable way for washing the hat is just looking at the tag. In most of the cases, you can find the washing instructions on the hat. Don’t ignore that.

Washing a Baseball Cap with Hands

Hand washed cap
Step 1: Take Cold Water

First of all, take a small tub, and fill it with cold water. If you use warm or hot water, then it can fade the color of your cap, and the hot water can also shrink your hat, but that depends on the material.

Step 2: Add Detergent

After filling the cold water, add a tablespoon of soap or detergent, and stir it until it’s dissolved.

If you’re washing a wool cap, then take a detergent that is primarily made for woolen fabric.

If you don’t find that, then any mild detergent should work, but make sure it should not contain bleach in it.

Step 3: Soak the Baseball Cap

Put the cap into the water, and soak it for around 1 to 2 hours.

Step 4: Washing

Take the cap out of the water, and rinse it under the running water to remove the detergent from it. Don’t use warm or hot water because this can lead to discoloration and shrinking of the cap.

Keep using the water until all the detergent or soap is completely out of your cap.

Step 5: Removing Excess Water

Put the cap on a towel, and keep patting it until there is no extra water in it.

Step 6: Drying the Cap

Do not place the cap in the sunlight because this can fade the color. To speed up the drying process, you can place the cap in front of a table fan.

After drying, your baseball cap will be clean and ready to use again.

You can also watch this short video so that you’ll get more clear about the approach.

Washing a Baseball Cap in Dishwasher

If you checked all the steps mentioned above and found that your cap is not made of wool or cardboard brim, and it is suggested that you can wash it in the dishwasher, then go ahead.

For that, you just have to put a little detergent in the dishwasher, but make sure it doesn’t contain bleach.

Wash your hat, but do not dry your cap in the washer.

After washing it in the dishwasher, let it dry in the open air, not in the direct sunlight. You can also check this short article about washing a cap using the dishwasher.

Use table fan if required.

Final Thoughts

If your baseball cap is dirty and contains grime & dust, then washing it is necessary.

But, do not start washing it blindly.

It is very important that before washing you see the instructions that are given on the tag attached with the cap.

Washing a hat in a wrong way can ruin it, and trust me, this is a very bad feeling.

Vijay Singh
I started playing Baseball when I was 13 years old. I never made to MLB or any big league, but played enough to share some knowledge.

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