How To Clean Your Baseball Caps

It’s the end of summer, and you’ve enjoyed all of your favorite outdoor activities wearing your favorite baseball cap. Your cap has been your companion, but after so many events, it’s starting to look grungy. Can’t you just throw it in the wash?

Wait…stop! Before you proceed any further, there are some important facts you need to know about cleaning your favorite cap. Just like clothes, caps come in a variety of fabrics, and knowing how to properly clean your cap will prolong its life. Determine the value of your cap and its age before proceeding. Your first step is to look for a cleaning instruction label on your cap. If you find one, then simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you cannot find a label, there are a few methods you can use. Consider the Chicago Tribune’s “Life Skill #201” to decide if your cap’s material is suitable for cleaning. One simple method to clean your cap is to hand wash it with laundry soap or even shampoo. Shampoo helps remove dirt and grime from your hair, so it can be just as effective to remove the same dirt and grime from your cap. Fill your sink with a little soap and cool water. Then gently use a washcloth or toothbrush, recommended by Heloise in the Washington Post, to remove the dust and dirt from your cap. Once you have cleaned the cap to your satisfaction, rinse the cap under running water to remove the soap. Gently shake your cap of excess water and pat it with a towel. At this point, you want to maintain the shape of your cap, so place your cap on an upside-down bowl, canister, or even a plastic cap mold to dry. Another popular cleaning method you can try is placing your cap securely in the top rack of a dishwasher. Use dish detergent and run a normal wash cycle, disabling the heated dry option. Air dry your cap using the same method of placing it on a rounded surface to maintain its shape. Back to the first question, can’t you just throw your cap in the washing machine? Again, follow any label instructions found on your cap first of all. If you are willing to try a washing machine, make sure you use the gentle cycle and a cap frame. Also, avoid drying your cap in a clothes dryer. Air drying is the best method to maintain the life of your cap.

You have the final decision of whether or not your cap should be cleaned. Consider the durability of your cap and how dirty it is. If you want your cap to look its best, you now have a few options.

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