Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

Like many people, you probably have a favorite baseball cap (or ten). Or maybe you prefer your grandfather’s fedora or a sunhat that’s perfect for getaways.

If you're wondering how to clean hats, remember that different materials require different cleaning methods. Our step-by-step instructions will wash, preserve, and extend their life for years to come.

How to Wash a Bucket Hat & Baseball Cap 

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Though these can get grimy, they're the easiest types of hats to wash. Most are made of cotton or nylon, and they’re fairly durable (with sturdy stitching instead of adhesive). This means that you can either wash these hats by hand or throw them in the washing machine.

How to Wash Hats by Hand

If you're wondering how to remove sweat stains and general dinginess from bucket hats and baseball caps, keep reading!

1. Start with a Natural Stain Remover

Puracy natural stain remover

After testing an inconspicuous area first, apply Puracy Natural Stain Remover. Wait at least 15 minutes, though 8 hours provides enough time for the plant-based enzymes to break down stains. Remember: The longer it sits, the better it works.

2. Scrub Stains & Soak

Gently agitate the stained areas with a boar’s hair detailing brush which is effective yet gentle on fabrics.

Add a couple drops of Puracy Laundry Detergent to warm water, mix, and let your hat sit for about 10-20 minutes.

3. Scrub and Soak One More Time

Use the same detailing brush to thoroughly scrub down the rest of your hat. Submerge your hat in the water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

4. Rinse & Dry

When the 10 minutes are up, rinse your hat under cold or warm running water. When drying, the balled-up paper towel method works well.

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How to Wash Hats in the Washing Machine

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Whether it’s rainstorms, hot sun, and even washing machines, your hats can withstand a lot. Apply the following steps to get them ship-shape:

1. Pre-Treat Stains

A washing machine won’t necessarily get out all of the “baked-on” stains, so you’ll need something stronger. Spray the affected area(s) with our Natural Stain Remover, agitate with a detailing brush, then wait up to 8 hours.

2. How to Wash a Baseball Hat in a Hat Cage

Use a protective plastic hat cage to ensure that cap keep their shape in the washing machine. Don’t have one of these products? Wash your hat by hand.

3. Run a Laundry Cycle

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The plant enzymes in Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent safely target stains and odors on baseball caps. Simply pop your hat into a normal laundry load with similar colors and you'll see stains disappear! 

4. How to Dry a Bucket Hat or Baseball Cap

We recommend using balled-up paper towels to soak up moisture and help retain the original shape.

How to Clean a Hat That Says "Do Not Wash"

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Unlike baseball caps, items like fedoras and cowboy hats must be washed by hand (though these types of hats usually don’t require pretreating stains). If your hat is decorated with any ribbons, pins, or removable leather straps, take them off first and clean them separately.

1. Break out the Vacuum 

Wool and felt can really attract dust and skin cells. Before hand-washing them, break out your vacuum’s upholstery brush or a handheld vacuum to remove as many particles as you can.

2. Focus on the Dirtiest Places

Note any particularly dirty areas, especially around the brim (where sweat tends to build up).

3. Start Washing 

Choose a bucket or large bowl that’s large enough for your hat and fill with warm water. Add a few drops of a Natural Laundry Detergent, swish to combine, and completely submerge your hat for 5-10 minutes.

4. Scrub If You Need to

Pull the hat out of the water and gently agitate the dirtier areas with a boar hair detailing brush (the natural fibers are ideal for wool and felt).

5. Soak Again

After light scrubbing, submerge the hat in the water again. Wait another 5-10 minutes.

6. Rinse Thoroughly & Dry

Remove the hat from the water and rinse it thoroughly under cold/warm running water. Don’t shake your hat or wring it out as this can disfigure the shape. Instead, ball up paper towels or newspaper, stuff them up to the crown, and allow your hat to air dry before wearing it.

How to Wash a Sun Hat

how to clean a hatWhen you're washing sun hats, never get them completely wet: They can quickly lose their shape or may even fall apart. Before cleaning, use a soft, damp cloth to first test a small, inconspicuous area.

1. Remove Excess Dust

Vacuum your hat inside and out to remove loose particles. We recommend using a bristle brush attachment for this task.

2. Spot-Treat

Fill a small bowl with warm water, add a few drops of Puracy Natural Dish Soap, and stir to combine. Wet and wring out a microfiber cleaning cloth. Focus on visible spots and gently rub with overlapping, circular motions.

3. Air Dry

Use the same balled-up newspaper/paper towel technique as before. Avoid placing damp straw in direct sunlight as it dries. 

The Best Way to Clean Hats Starts with Clean Ingredients

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Puracy Stain Remover's 98.95% natural formula was developed to eradicate all stains, odors, sweat, and dirt while being extremely gentle on sensitive skin. And when you pair it with the enzymatic cleaning power of our Natural Laundry Detergent, there’s literally no end to the stain-fighting possibilities!