White hats are perfect to wear during the spring and summer months. A white hat is not only stylish, but it will help to keep sun out of your eyes. The only problem with white hats is that they show every speck of dirt. If your white hat begins to get dirty, you will need to clean it. This is also true of the inside of the hat, which can become dirty from a sweaty forehead.

Things You'll Need

Wash your white hat in the washing machine if it is made of cotton or polyester. Just add laundry detergent and one cup of bleach. Wash the hat using the hot water setting. Do not put the hat in the dryer. The hat will shrink and then it won’t fit your head.

Fill a clean kitchen sink 1/4 of the way with water. Dip a washcloth in the water and then place a dab of Woolite on the washcloth. Rub the Woolite into the dirty parts of the hat until they come clean. Take some of the water in the kitchen sink and use it to rinse off the Woolite. Air-dry the hat.

Place your wool or mesh white baseball cap in a hat cage. This will keep the white hat in its original shape. Set the cage in your dishwasher on the top rack. Use regular soap designed for a dishwasher and wash as you would your dishes. Remove the cap from the cage and set it out to finish drying.

Wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and work over any dirty areas on your hat. This product will even remove black markings. It is perfect for spot cleaning your hat in between washing. No need to rinse the hat; you can just let it air dry.

Tips

  • If your hat has some serious stains, you may want to pre-treat it with a Shout stain stick. Then wash as instructed in Step 1.
  • Place a towel inside the pocket of the hat while it is drying so that it holds its shape.

References and Resources

Cleaning a White Hat

Resources

Hat Cage