How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat With Everyday Kitchen Ingredients

Whether it's your favorite baseball cap, straw hat, or wool fedora, the dirty truth is that your hat isn't always going to stay clean. Thankfully, it can be surprisingly simple to get sweat stains out of a hat using basic stuff from your kitchen.

While you could consider the washing machine for certain hats (namely, cotton or synthetic baseball hats), you always run the risk of ruining them this way.

And no matter what anybody says, putting your hat in the dishwasher is never a good idea. Not only will your hat likely be misshapen and frayed by the high heating element and agitation of the machine washing inside, but it could also be discolored by the bleaching agents often found in dishwasher detergents.

Your hats aren't going to clean themselves, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and raid your kitchen for the best products to remove those annoying stains without breaking a sweat.

What to Do Before You Get Started

How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat: Hat fabrics

Read the Hat Label

Most hats have washing instructions either on a tag or printed somewhere inside. Make sure to read the care label to find out the best method for cleaning it. If it says to use only cold water or dry-clean only, that's what you should do even if the instructions below suggest something else. If you can’t find any tags, try checking the manufacturer's website and peruse our list of different hat materials.

Be Cautious of Color

To confirm that the hat is colorfast (meaning the color won't bleed when introduced to water), dip a white cloth in warm water and rub it on a hidden area of the hat. If any dye comes off on the white cloth, then the hat isn't colorfast and it shouldn't be washed in water.

Know the Hat Material

Again, check the care label to confirm the material of the hat. Here's a basic overview before you begin your stain-fighting mission.

Get Out Sweat Stains With Baking Soda

How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat: Baking soda

A solid bleach alternative, baking soda is a much safer and natural way to get sweat stains out of a hat. Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) cleans and deodorizes to whiten and brighten hats while removing any odors along the way.

Get Out Sweat Stains With Dish Soap

How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat: Dish soap

Dish soap can be a practical and powerful stain remover for more than just dishes. Remember that dish soap is not the same thing as dishwashing detergent, which can have strong bleaching agents and ruin your hat.

Get Out Sweat Stains With Vinegar

How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat: White vinegar

Not to be confused with the "it" vinegar of the health world (apple cider vinegar, we're talking about you), good old-fashioned white vinegar is an incredibly effective and versatile product for cleaning hats, carpets, windows, and even the kitchen sink!

No Sweat

How to Get Sweat Stains Out of a Hat: Straw safari hat

Now that you know the options for achieving a stain-free hat, what are you waiting for? It's time for a kitchen pantry raid! Kitchen basics like baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar are not only everyday essentials that you already use, but they are also untapped sources to make your favorite hat look like new.

If you find your hat stained or soiled by more than just sweat, check out our more comprehensive guide on cleaning any hat.


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