If your clothes are an extension of yourself, a sweaty hat doesn't sent the right message. Giving your fitted cap a proper cleaning while maintaining its structure can be a challenge. Popular advice suggests tossing it in the dishwasher or washing machine, but the end result can be a shrunken hat that will make you feel like you dropped the ball. However, a good scrub under running water can be all it takes to remove the stains left behind by a long day.

Hand Washing

Step 1

Run warm water in the sink.

Step 2

Gently rub the hat's sweat stains with a soapy cloth.

Step 3

Rinse off the cap with cool water to remove all the soap.

Step 4

Air dry the hat.

If your clothes are an extension of yourself, a sweaty hat doesn't sent the right message. Giving your fitted cap a proper cleaning while maintaining its structure can be a challenge. Popular advice suggests tossing it in the dishwasher or washing machine, but the end result can be a shrunken hat that will make you feel like you dropped the ball. However, a good scrub under running water can be all it takes to remove the stains left behind by a long day.

Soak in the Sink

Step 1

Fill up the sink with a mixture of cool water and mild laundry or dish washing detergent.

Step 2

Submerge your hat in the sink for 10 seconds.

Step 3

Rinse off your cap with cool water.

Step 4

Use a towel to absorb the excess water by rolling the hat slowly up and down the towel.

Step 5

Dry it off as much as possible, and then wear your hat until it is completely dry so it keeps the correct form.

Warnings

  • Check the cleaning instructions on your hat's tag before washing it.

  • Submerging your hat in water can alter the its shape and size, so try hand washing first.

  • Do not use bleach or products that contain bleach alternative, because these can stain your hat.

  • Do not wash your hat in the dishwasher or washing machine -- the hot water can shrink the size of your cap.

  • Drying your hat in the dryer under high heat can also shrink your hat.

Tips

  • You can use a wool detergent if your fitted cap is made of wool.