How to Dry Baseball Caps

by Zora Hughes ; Updated September 28, 2017

Take proper care of your baseball hat to make it last.

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To some people, drying a baseball hat after washing it or getting it wet may not seem like a big deal, but for avid hat wearers and collectors, it's serious business. Most baseball hats, typically made of wool, are prone to shrinking when they get wet, making it essential to dry them properly to retain just the right shape. Fortunately, the process is simple and ensures that your hat fits your head for a long time.

Pat the baseball cap with a towel, drying it as much as possible.

Place the baseball cap on a coffee can or similar container to help it keep its shape as it dries.

Wear the baseball cap as it dries in order to achieve the best fit on your head.


  • Because washing your hat can change the shape and size, only wash your hat if it is absolutely necessary. Spot clean with a water and vinegar mixture whenever possible.

    Hand wash your baseball cap in a sink full of lukewarm water and a capful of gentle detergent. Soak it briefly -- not more than five minutes in the water.

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Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.