Washing Baseball Caps
Here’s a post from July 12, 2008. I’m reposting this one because it was the inspiration for my syndicated newspaper column “Do Just One Thing,” which runs in papers across the country.
Every day, “Do Just One Thing” shares an easy eco tip that’s economical, ecological and easy. The three E’s! They are never tips like “install solar panels on house!” or “buy a new hybrid car!” but more along the lines of less-than-a-minute to do type tips that also make you go Who Knew!
This one is my favorite: using a dishwasher to clean a baseball cap, all while retaining it’s shape. An update: You can also throw baseball caps in the freezer overnight to detox them as well. Not as thorough as a dishwasher, but in a jiffy, it works.
Putting it in the washing machine would just tumble it to bits and take the shape out of it completely. And scrubbing it by hand would be too arduous and probably do a not-so-good job.
So, I did a little research online and found out in some usergroups that running your baseball caps in the dishwasher was the solution. Just run it on a regular cycle (without detergent) and then let air dry when it’s done.
I did this with my baseball caps and found it worked! I did run it in my clothes dryer on the drying rack so it didn’t tumble. It came out smelling fresh and looked just like new.