Can you wash baseball caps in the washing machine?

United States
August 14, 2007 10:28pm CST
My husband has a prized collection of baseball caps. And, it's kind of ironic, considering he has a head full of grogeous hair. Ordinarily, I would assume a guy would want to wear a baseball cap to cover up something. But, not him. He just loves wearing baseball caps! And, to make matters worse he got a brand new one the other day just for shopping at a store. Now I'm one cap up on a big headache! Anyway, on with my story. His caps are starting to look a little dirty, especially since he's prone to wearing them all the time and everywhere. And, I've tried to hand wash them, but it's such a hassle and I just don't have time anymore. Does anyone know if baseball caps can be cleaned in the washing machine? I'd love to try out this idea, but I'm afraid that I'll ruin his prize collection. That would be a real shame! Any suggestions on cleaning tips?
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@Aurone (4757)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I think you can. I have seen these things you can buy that are a baseball shape made out of wire that help the cap retain its shape when you wash it and dry it. You might look for it in your local Wal-Mart or equivalent.
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@budsr03 (2354)
• Canada
15 Aug 07
That's good to know about the hat washer! Thank you for the information! Take care.
• United States
15 Aug 07
im not for sure where you would buy them but ther are stores that do sell some kind of things where you can put the caps on and wash them in the machine and they should come out looking fine.
@AmbiePam (51239)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I always washed mine in the dishwasher. It works well. But of course I didn't wash dishes with the caps.
@leo_87 (10)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 07
i think no...becouse a colour not beautiful.
@AmbiePam (51239)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I don't understand what you are saying. Do you mean the color of the cap wouldn't stay well? Because the colors have never faded when I washed them in the dishwasher. There is a lesser chance of color fading in the dishwasher as opposed to the washing machine. And the bill of the cap is never bent.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
16 Aug 07
We just washed some in the machine- I know there is something you can buy and put the hat on so that the hat keeps it shape- we just tossed them right in (I should say he did)- and they came out fine- but I guess it would depend on how old it is and what kind of shape it is in. Just throw one in with a regular load and see- I’m sure killing 1 won’t hurt him!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
16 Aug 07
I don't have any other solutions for you, I just wanted to thank you for starting this discussion! It's one of those things I have to deal with too but hadn't thought to ask it on here. I can't wait for him to get home tonight to tell him that I now know how to wash his hats safely! Mine also has a huge collection. Some are the freebies he's gotten for other purchases but mostly he just buys them whenever he finds a good deal. He always likes to have one nice one for good and then his older ones are used for when he does outside work until even they are too cruddy for that. His problem is though that he'll forget to change hats and will get his "good" one all dirty and will then have to get a new one. Now I can try these tips and hopefully rescue at least a few of the ones he has so they can be "good" hats again and some more of his others can be kept for work. If nothing else I can maybe slow down is hat buying!
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
16 Aug 07
there is a few ways that i have wahed my sons caps and i,first spray the dirt spots out with a prewash spray,then make sure you pretreat the liner or the head band with a enzyme base laundry pre-spray before washing,and then i simply toss them into the clothes washer with similar colors,cold water.but do not put in dryer.let it air dry.it works good.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
15 Aug 07
Hi there. Id advise you to take them to a professional cleaner... I had washed my daughters cap in the washing machine and it ended up fraying, the sewing seemed unravelled and broken here and there... She was devastated and I never heard the end of it, until her dad bought her another one...
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I've got the same problem! But my husband has washed several of his hats in the diswasher with no problems. He used to rubber band the brim around a 1/2 lb coffee can to help it keep its shape, but for his last birthday we got him a plastic form that snaps around the whole hat and goes in the dishwahser. He has had no problems so far with damage or fading. Oh, and he does wash them with the dishes!
@budsr03 (2354)
• Canada
15 Aug 07
I think you would have to watch how to dry the hats because the brims have a hard paper inside for shaping to ones liking! I think i had one air dried with a heavy weight on the brim, so it wouldn't get distorted! Take care Beautyqueen26.