7 essential steps: How to wash a baseball cap

How to wash a baseball cap

A baseball cap is more than a mere accessory; it doubles as your workout companion and shields your face and head from constant sun exposure. However, the appeal of these hats can diminish over time, especially when exposed to sweat during physical activities like basketball or accumulating dust on the court. It’s a common occurrence, but the good news is that you can easily restore your cap to its former brilliance with regular washing.

If you’re uncertain about how to wash a baseball cap, worry not! Here, I’ve outlined the quickest and easiest way to clean your cap, ensuring it looks fresh and ready for your next adventure.

How To Wash A Baseball Cap Faster?

The baseball cap market, valued at $2 billion, is continuously growing. However, that doesn’t mean you have to discard your worn cap and contribute to this industry’s expansion. Instead, let’s explore a thorough guide on cleaning your baseball cap efficiently. There are two distinct methods: automated (using a washing machine or dishwasher) and manual (by hand).

Washing Baseball Cap with Dishwasher

If you’re looking for a quick cleaning solution, the dishwasher is an excellent option. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dishwasher
  • Non-bleach detergent
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)
  • Bowl and hat stand

Once you’ve gathered your equipment, follow these steps:

Step #1: Check Compatibility

Before placing your cap in the dishwasher, check its tag for washing instructions and compatibility information.

Step #2: Vacuum the Dust

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust particles from the cap. This step ensures a smoother cleaning process.

Step #3: Keep the Cap on the Top Rack

Place the cap on the top rack of the dishwasher, ensuring it’s the only item on that rack to avoid food residue stains.

Step #4: Mix the Detergent

Combine non-bleach detergent in the dishwasher. Ensure the detergent doesn’t contain harmful ingredients. A trace amount of fabric softener can enhance the outcome.

Step #5: Run the Dishwasher

Initiate the standard dry program on the dishwasher, and let it complete the cleaning process in a few minutes.

Step #6: Take Out the Hat

Retrieve the hat as soon as the dishwasher reaches a stage similar to the dry cycle.

Step #7: Drying

Place the hat in a bowl, set the bowl and hat on a hat stand, and let it air-dry. Enjoy your cap’s refreshed appearance!

This method provides a quick and efficient way to clean your baseball cap using the dishwasher.

Washing Baseball Cap Manually by Hands


Hand washing your cap is recommended, especially if you have the time and want to preserve its quality. Although it may be tempting to toss it in the dishwasher for a quick clean, even the most delicate cycle can risk damaging your cap.

In general, hand-washing is a gentle and effective method. Here’s a step-by-step guide to manually wash your cap:

Materials Needed:

  • Mild detergent
  • Average-sized bucket with towels and shampoo
  • Extremely gentle toothbrush

Step #1: Fill the Bowl

Start by filling a bowl with ice water. Cold water is recommended for cleaning the cap; avoid using hot water. Check the product tag to ensure compatibility with cold or warm water.

Step #2: Immerse the Cap

Submerge the cap in the bowl of cold water, ensuring it gets thoroughly wet.

Step #3: Apply Shampoo

Rinse the cap and then apply shampoo. Ensure the shampoo is distributed evenly throughout the cap. Choose a shampoo based on the cap material; fabric-based caps work well with regular shampoo, while knit or nylon hats benefit from a mixture of shampoo and conditioner for a thorough clean and added shine.

Step #4: Soak the Hat

Allow the cap to soak in the bowl for 30 minutes after applying the shampoo. Use a gentle toothbrush to scrub away any stubborn stains or residue.

Step #5: Rinse with Hot Water

After soaking, rinse the cap with hot water for 2 to 5 minutes to eliminate any remaining suds and dirt.

Step #6: Dry Your Hat

Place the cap on a hat stand for air drying. Allow it to stand until almost dry. While an air dryer can be used, natural drying is recommended for the best results. Avoid using a dishwasher or any other drying method that may compromise the cap’s shape and quality.

Final words

After employing two distinct methods to clean your baseball hat, you’ve gained the know-how on washing a baseball cap, in my view.

Is the washing process as daunting as you initially thought? Absolutely not!

Enjoy donning your cap for years, all while maintaining its spotless appearance!

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