Can you wash your fitted hats in the washer?

Answered by Edward Huber

It is possible to wash fitted hats in the washer, but it is not recommended. The reason for this is that fitted hats, especially those with a structured bill, can easily lose their shape in the washing machine. The agitation and spinning of the machine can cause the hat to become misshapen, resulting in a lopsided or bent bill.

I learned this lesson the hard way when I decided to throw my favorite fitted hat into the washing machine. I had worn it so often that it had become dirty and sweaty, and I thought a machine wash would be a quick and easy way to clean it. However, when I took the hat out of the washer, I was disappointed to find that the bill had become warped and bent, making it unwearable.

To avoid this mishap, it is best to stick with hand washing when it comes to cleaning fitted hats. By hand washing, you have more control over the hat and can ensure that it retains its shape. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hand wash a fitted hat:

1. Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as it can damage the hat’s material.

2. Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals, as they can also damage the hat.

3. Submerge the hat in the soapy water and gently agitate it with your hands. Pay extra attention to any areas that are particularly dirty or stained.

4. Let the hat soak in the soapy water for about 15-20 minutes to allow the detergent to penetrate and loosen any dirt or grime.

5. Use a soft bristle brush or a clean cloth to gently scrub the hat, focusing on any stubborn stains or areas that need extra attention. Be careful not to scrub too vigorously, as this can damage the hat’s fabric.

6. Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the hat, rinse it thoroughly under cool running water to remove any soap residue.

7. Gently squeeze out the excess water from the hat, taking care not to twist or wring it, as this can distort its shape.

8. Place the hat on a clean towel and reshape it to its original form. You can use a towel or a ball of crumpled paper to support the bill and help it retain its shape.

9. Leave the hat to air dry naturally. Avoid using a dryer or any direct heat source, as this can cause the hat to shrink or lose its shape.

By following these steps, you can effectively clean your fitted hat without risking damage to its shape. Hand washing is a more time-consuming process compared to throwing the hat in the washer, but it is well worth the effort to preserve the hat’s structure and ensure it remains wearable for years to come.

While it may be tempting to wash your fitted hats in the washer for convenience, it is best to avoid doing so to prevent any potential damage to the hat’s shape. Stick with hand washing and follow the steps outlined above to effectively clean your fitted hats without compromising their structure.