If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve got a favorite hat (or ten). Maybe it’s your favorite team’s baseball cap, your grandfather’s fedora, or a straw beach hat that’s perfect for sunny getaways.

Hats can get pretty grubby, so when it’s time to wash them, remember that different materials require different cleaning methods. With these step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to clean, preserve, and wear them for years to come.

First off, Don’t Put Your Hat in the Dishwasher

Dishwasher detergent is great for removing food particles but it’s not meant for garments or fabrics. The scalding water and steam during a wash cycle can also cause damage and warping to your favorite hats.

How to Wash Wool and Felt Hats

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, it’s best to take them off first (and/or clean them separately).

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1. Vacuum Your Hat

Wool and felt can really attract dust, skin cells, and dandruff particles. Before hand-washing anything, use your vacuum’s upholstery brush (or a small, handheld vacuum) to remove as many particles as you can.

2. Focus on the Dirtiest Places

Make a mental note about any particularly dirty areas, especially around the brim (where sweat tends to build up).

3. Wash Your Hat

Fill a bucket or large bowl (that’s large enough for your hat) 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 Necessary

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 try to 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.

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How to Wash a Straw Hat

There are a few things to know about washing straw hats: Firstly, they should never get completely wet since they’ll lose their shape (or may even fall apart). Secondly, before you clean a straw hat, use a soft, damp cloth to test a small, inconspicuous area.

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1. Remove Excess Dust

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

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 ring out a microfiber cleaning cloth, applying it to any visible spots 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 air dries. 

How to Clean a Baseball Cap

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Baseball-style hats cover bedhead, offer shade from the sun, and let you proudly display your favorite team or beloved vacation spot.

Though baseball caps can get pretty grimy, they’re the easiest type of hat to wash. Most are made of cotton or nylon, and they’re fairly durable (with sturdy stitching instead of adhesive). This versatility means that you can either scrub them by hand or throw them in the washing machine.

How to Wash a Baseball Cap by Hand

The following instructions are virtually identical to cleaning felt and wool hats – with one notable exception:

1. Use a Natural Stain Remover

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Apply Puracy Natural Stain Remover to gently lift away sweat, grease, and any other marks (be sure to test an inconspicuous area first). Once applied, wait at least 15 minutes to give the plant-based enzymes enough time 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 Again

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.

Washing a Baseball Cap in the Washing Machine

Baseball caps can withstand a lot: Rainstorms, hot sun, and even washing machines.

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The best way to wash baseball hats involves the following steps:

1. Pre-Treat Stains

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

2. Place the Cap in a Plastic Cage

Use a protective plastic hat cage like the BallcapBuddy or the Perfect Curve Cap Washer to help your hat keep its shape in the washing machine. If you don’t have one of these products, stick to washing your baseball cap by hand.

3. Run a Laundry Cycle

Wash your hat in a normal laundry load with similar colors. The plant enzymes in Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent safely target stains and odors on baseball caps.

4. Let Your Baseball Cap Air Dry

Just like the steps above, balled-up paper towels will soak up moisture and help retain the original shape.

Choose an Effective Natural Laundry Detergent

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Our Natural Laundry Detergent was produced to protect sensitive skin while targeting stains, odors, sweat, and dirt. And since it’s 10x concentrated, each bottle lasts for up to 96 full laundry loads – perfect for even the world’s biggest hat collector.