Baseball season is finally upon us which means us moms have lots of things to clean! I spend enough time cleaning pants and jerseys that when it comes to cleaning baseball hats, I need something quick and easy.
When it’s time to get rid of the grime and sweat stains, the dishwasher is a convenient and effective option!
The Best Way to Wash a Baseball Cap
Yes, you heard me right. The dishwasher! If you follow the steps below, you can wash all the baseball hats in your home and not have to scrub or soak! Before you start, here are a few things you will need:
If your hats are really dirty, soak them in some warm water and OxyClean. If they aren’t too bad, you can skip that step and go right to the dishwasher.
Before you put your hats in the dishwasher, check the labels. Skip the dishwasher and wash your hat by hand, if you notice one of these warning signs:
- A cleaning tag that says “cold wash only”
- Fraying stitches, tears, or other signs of damage
- Wool material
Still with me? Time to throw them in the dishwasher! To keep the shape of the hat, you can use a baseball hat frame. They will not protect your hat from heat or moisture, but they should stop severe bending. Simply open the frame, place your hat inside, and snap the frame shut around it. You do not need to use a cage to keep the hat’s shape! When placing your hat in the dishwasher, use the prongs to shape the hat. I did not use a cage and my hats kept their shape!
Load the dishwasher with hats only. For hygienic reasons, do not mix dishes and clothing in the same load. Place the hats on the upper rack, where heat and water pressure are usually less intense.
Set the dishwasher to a short wash without drying. Set your dishwasher to the shortest wash cycle. Never include a drying cycle, which can bend or wrinkle the hat due to intense heat. I used the delicate cycle on my dishwasher.
Add dishwasher detergent carefully. Adding detergent is risky, since it may alter the fabric color. Use a small amount of detergent, and avoid lemon detergent and products that contain bleach.
Let air dry. When the washing machine is finished, hang your hats using pant hangers. If it’s a nice day, put them outside to dry!
This is hands down the easiest way to wash hats! No scrubbing…you can save that for the baseball pants!