How to Clean Hats With Borax
Borax is a very strong and powerful cleaning product that is around for many years. A lot of people usually use it instead of bleach back in the days. Using borax to clean hats is one of the best ways to remove sweat stains and the smell of what build up.
Whether you have a dirty hat that was worn to many baseball games or just a regular hat. This article will show you step by step on how to remove the yellow stains and brown stain marks off any color hat you may have.
( Note ) – Using too much borax on dark colored hats will fade the color out or bleach the hat entirely so follow the instructions carefully.
Step By Step Guide On How To Clean Hats With Borax
Below is the guide you will be using to clean your hats. To make it easier on you, gather all the cleaning tools and products needed before you begin cleaning your hats.
- 20 Mule Team Borax
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Cleaning Container
- Scrub Brush / Toothbrush
Steps To Take:
1. The first thing you need to do is gather all your hats together and separate the white hats from the darker color hats. My advice is to wet each hat slightly under the bathroom or kitchen faucet to see if the color of the hats starts to run when out of the hat when water touches it.
Doing this will prevent you from mixing hats that color runs with other hats and ruin them because you will need to make them soak.
2. Now you need to add half a cup of borax to every 5 gallons of water. This mixture will prevent your hats from bleaching but will be strong enough to clean and remove odors from them. Fill your cleaning container or bathtub with the right amount of warm water and add the borax.
You can also add some dawn dish soap to the water to help with cleaning and oil breakdown.
3. At this point you need to add the hats into the water and mix it around then let the hats soak in the water for 3-4 hours to make the borax work properly. The borax will slowly break down grease marks, stain marks, and dirt as well.
This will make brushing the yellow or brown stain marks from sweat or dirt out of the hat super easy. ( Note ) Do not leave any fabric in water to soak overnight because the water will start to have a musty smell and so will your hats or clothes.
4. Once the 2 – 4 hours are up. You can now use the scrub brush or toothbrush and carefully scrub the areas of the hat that has the most stains on it. The areas will be around the rim of the hat where it touches your forehead and along the sides of it.
These areas will be softer than other parts of the hat so you need to scrub them more gently to avoid shading out the fabric.
5. Once you have completely cleaned all of the hats. You can now dump the water and refill the bathtub or cleaning container with fresh cold water and rinse the hats off.
6. Drying your hats will be the easiest part to do. You can either let the hats air dry or you can place them in the dryer if the labels on the tag of the hat say you can do so. Once they are dried, they are good to go. To avoid deep stains and dirt marks, you can wash them like this every two weeks.
This is a great way to wash and clean your hates that are not white. Cleaning your hats more often will prevent too much stain build-up or sweat build-up. To clean white hats in an easier way, click the link to the article above.