Ellie Levenson

Tips and Tricks

How To Easily Wash Your Hats?

I am a huge hat lover which means that I have a bunch of hats that I wear as often as I can – from fedoras and bucket hats to straw hats, however, I recently came to the conclusion that I had to clean them. I couldn’t just wear them on regular basis without actually taking care of them. Plus, whenever they would sit at home for a few weeks they would start getting covered in dust – and this can damage the hat (and I didn’t want that). So I sat down one day and started searching how to properly clean them. And today, I will share all the tips and tricks I found!

Let’s Start With Fedora Hats

Fedora hats need to be washed by hand. You can’t throw them in the washing machine because they will come out ruined. Instead, take your vacuum cleaner and place the upholstery attachment on it. Then vacuum the hat so you remove any dirt, dust, and other impurities. If your hat has any removable decorations like ribbons or pins then I recommend you take them off before you start cleaning the hat.

Then fill a bucket or a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of laundry detergent in there. Soak the hat in the bucket for a few minutes then take it out and scrub with a brush but be gentle and don’t apply too much pressure!

Continue with soaking the hat again for a few minutes then rinse it with water. Then just let the hat air-dry!

What About Bucket Hats/ Baseball Caps?

Both bucket hats and baseball caps are super easy to clean which is great because I have a bunch of bucket hats since they are pretty trendy lately. It turns out that you don’t even need to clean them by hand – you can let your washing machine do all the work!

But before you throw it in the washing machine, make sure you treat any stains with a stain removal because the appliance won’t be able to remove the stains – in fact, it will make them harder to remove later.

And then just place the hats in a mesh laundry bag so they are protected.

I know that there are plenty of hacks out there that suggest you can clean baseball caps in the dishwasher, however, please stay away from it. It might damage the hat!

What About Straw Hats?

Straw hats are definitely a must during the summer, however, cleaning them is not that easy because they shouldn’t get completely wet otherwise they will lose their shape. This means that you can’t throw them in the washing machine and you can’t soak them in water.

I recommend you clean the hat with your vacuum cleaner then treat any dirty patches or impurities with warm soapy water. Just fill a bowl with warm water, add a few drops of liquid dish soap then dip a cloth in the mixture and wipe the hat with it. And then just let it air-dry!