How to Wash a Bucket Hat

How to Wash a Bucket Hat

How to Wash a Bucket Hat: Keep Your Favorite Accessory Fresh

Bucket hats are having a major fashion moment. But like any well-loved accessory, they need a good cleaning from time to time to stay looking their best. With the right techniques, you can easily wash your bucket hat, ensuring it stays fresh and vibrant for many wears to come.

Section 1: Before You Wash

  • Check the Care Tag: The first rule of hat care is to always consult the manufacturer's instructions on the care tag, if there is one.
  • Material Matters: Your bucket hat's material will determine the best washing method. Most cotton bucket hats are washable, while straw, wool, or embellished hats may require more delicate hand-washing or spot cleaning only.
  • Spot Cleaning Stains: If you notice small stains, try spot cleaning first. Dampen a cloth with mild soap and water, gently blot (don't rub) the stained area.

Section 2: Hand Washing Your Bucket Hat

Supplies: Gather mild laundry detergent, a sink or basin, and a couple of clean towels.

  1. Fill the sink with cool to lukewarm water and a small amount of mild detergent.
  2. Submerge your hat and let it soak for up to 30 minutes (or according to care tag).
  3. Gently agitate the hat in the soapy water to loosen dirt.
  4. Rinse thoroughly in cool water until the water runs clear.
  5. Gently squeeze out excess water (avoid twisting).
  6. Lay the hat on a towel and reshape it while still damp.
  7. Allow it to air dry completely.

Section 3: Washing Your Bucket Hat in the Washing Machine (If Permissible)

When it's Okay: Some durable cotton bucket hats may be machine washable, but always check the care tag first.

Precautions: Use a delicate cycle, cool water, and place the hat in a mesh laundry bag for protection. Always air dry after washing.

Warning: Never put a bucket hat in the dryer. The heat and tumbling can distort the shape and damage the fabric.

Section 4: Additional Tips

  • Stubborn Stains: Pre-treat tough stains before washing with a stain remover suitable for the hat's fabric.
  • Hat Bands & Embellishments: If your hat has a removable hatband or embellishments, it's safest to clean those separately by hand.
  • Storage: After washing, store your bucket hat in a cool, dry place to help it maintain its shape.


With a little care, you can keep your bucket hat looking fresh and stylish. Remember to always check the care label and prioritize gentle washing methods for the best results. And if you find yourself in need of a new bucket hat to add to your collection, be sure to check out The Beanie and Hat Company. We offer a wide variety of bucket hat styles to suit your taste.


How often should I wash my bucket hat? Wash your bucket hat as needed, depending on how often you wear it. If you wear it daily, aim for a clean every few weeks.

Can I put my bucket hat in the dryer? No! Avoid the dryer at all costs, as it will likely damage your hat. Always air dry.

My bucket hat is wrinkled after washing. Help! While still slightly damp, gently reshape your hat and place it on a hat stand or upside-down bowl to help it regain its shape while drying.

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