If you love wearing baseball caps you know how dirty they can get. Wearing them often can cause the dirt and grime to build up fast. Do you wash your baseball caps regularly? If you don’t know how to clean your filthy baseball cap you probably don’t wash it as often as you should. Hats that are worn more than 3 times a week should be washed weekly. Hats that are worn at least once a week should be washed at least once a month.

How to clean your filthy baseball cap depends on when the cap was made. If your cap is a vintage cap that was made before 1984 it probably has cardboard in the bill to help the bill stay in the right shape. If that’s the case you don’t want to submerge the cap in water. Just wash the back cloth part of the cap and spot clean the bill. But if the cap was made after 1984 it can be washes in the washing machine. When you are trying to wash your baseball cap remember these tips:

Use cool water: Using hot water can destroy the baseball cap. Some caps are made of a very fine wool that can be ruined by hot water. Cool water and a bit of natural detergent is all that you need to clean your filthy baseball cap. Using a natural detergent is a good way to make sure that the soap will not damage your cap. Natural detergents are always gentle and chemical free.

Line dry it: Never put your baseball cap in the dryer. The heat can cause the plastic parts of the cap to melt. Either hang it on a hat rack or a clothes line so that it can air dry. Putting it outside in the sunshine will help kill any germs or bacteria that didn’t get destroyed during the wash.

Never put your baseball cap in the dishwasher: Some people think this is the best way to wash a baseball cap but it’s actually the worst thing you can do to your baseball cap. Dishwasher soap is much too strong for a baseball cap and it can cause the fabric to discolor or even disintegrate. The harsh soap combined with the extra hot temperature of the water in the dishwasher can be a disaster for a baseball cap. Always use your washing machine on the delicate cycle in cold water or hand wash it.