How To Clean White Hats

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Have you ever wondered how to clean white hats? You know, when you spill something that starts out clear but then turns into a brownish-red color when it dries? Some people don’t think much of it until they take their hat down from its spot on the wall and see the evidence in person. The good news is that it’s actually very easy to clean white hats, whether or not they are cotton or straw. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Mix up an all-purpose cleaner which will also act as a disinfectant. If this makes you nervous, just stick with water. All-purpose cleaners have chemicals in them designed for different purposes; most clean surfaces, but some clean and disinfect at the same time. These chemicals are generally safe to use around food and people with healthy immune systems, but it’s better not to take chances if you have allergies or compromised health.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of dish soap and one cup of clean water together in a clean bucket. Stir well until all the dirt is off the bottom of the bucket. If there’s still some visible dirt on your hats after they soak for a bit, try scrubbing them clean with an old toothbrush before throwing them back into the soapy water.
  3. Let your hats sit in the mixture overnight or during the day while you’re at or school, whichever works best. After a night or two, it’s time to clean your hats!
  4. Remove the hats from the bucket and place them on a clean towel. If they’re still wet, gently pat dry with another clean kitchen towel so that you don’t trap any moisture into the hat. Sit them somewhere clean and let them air dry before you wear or store them again. The key to keeping this method working for as long as possible is repetition: clean your hats every few times you wear them and clean out the soap residue once a month or so – whether they look dirty or not – by soaking them in clean water overnight.

Now you know how to clean white hats! Whether they’re cotton, wool, straw, or other material entirely, knowing these simple steps will have you looking clean in no time!

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