As everyone knows, beanies are a winter style staple for lots of people. Not only do they keep your head warm, but they also look cool and are great at covering up a bad hair day. But something you might not be asking yourself is should you wash beanies? After all, you are wearing them on your head, so you probably want them to be clean. Not to mention between sweat, makeup, and hair products, there are plenty of opportunities for your hat to get gross, and no one wants that. The short answer? Yes. Yes, you absolutely should be washing your beanies.
Why should you washing your beanie?
You can’t go a day or two without washing your hair, right? The same dirt you are getting off your hair finds its way into your hats. It leaves you no choice other than washing your beanies regularly.
How To Wash Your Beanie Without Ruining It
Just like any other knit item, the first step should always be to look at the tag for care instructions. Hopefully your beanie won’t require hand washing (because who has time for that), but if it does, use your best judgement. I personally believe that most hats are pretty sturdy and could therefore be thrown into the washer on a delicate cycle and be fine, but if your hat looks delicate, or was knit by your grandma, I would recommend washing it by hand in cold water with gentle detergent, just to be safe.
But regardless of whether you wash your beanie in a machine or not, you should let it air dry, rather than throwing it in the dryer. There are two different ways you can do this. If you happen to have a wig stand, then you can place your beanie on the wig stand to keep the round head shape as it dries. If you are like most people and do not have a wig stand, you can just lay it flat to dry. Voila! You now don’t have to worry about getting breakouts on your forehead from a dirty beanie!
The ultimate guide to washing beanies
There are two methods you can use to wash your beanie. You can either hand wash or machine wash it. Each method is dictated by the instructions on the label of your cold-weather hat. Machine washing is fast and will not take a lot of your time. If it is hand washing, do not be in a hurry, you will be there for longer.
Let us now explore each of the washing methods.
Check the winter beanies label to ascertain if it is machine-washable: there are washing instructions somewhere on the label. Beanies made of synthetic fibers, wool, cotton blends, and pure cotton can be washed in a machine. If you don’t see the label, don’t take the risk. Wash your beanie with hand.
Prevent your beanie from stretching by putting it in a laundry bag: Beanies are notorious for stretching, especially when you wash them in a machine. Woolen beanies are the biggest stretching culprits. Stay ahead of this problem by putting your hats in a laundry bag. Draw the strings and your hat is ready for a thorough wash.Only soak your beanies with clothes in the same color.
Use a mild detergent and don’t pour it directly: introduce the detergent via the exterior drawer. Pouring the soap directly will lead to some portions absorbing more detergent than other others. Some areas will be more washed than others. If your beanie is woolen, get detergents specific to it
Reshape your beanie when wet: when you are done washing, reshape your hat when it is still damp. You can as well stuff it with a few grocery bags on the inside to keep its shape.
This method is the best for knitted and synthetic fabric beanies. Here are the washing steps you should follow;
Again check the label to make sure the material is suitable for hand-washing. Nylon, acrylic, and polyester are some of the materials that bond well with hand washing.
Use clean cold water to rinse your beanies: squeeze your beanies hard against the bottom or side of the sink or bucket. If your hat is made of a delicate fabric like cashmere, do not rinse it under a running tap.
Create a ball shape with your beanie then press it on a hard surface to lose most of the water. Stay away from wringing as it will destroy its elasticity and shape.
Roll up the beanies in a towel to remove extra moisture: if there is still some moisture left, put your beanie on a towel, roll it inside and press it gently to absorb the water. Make sure you are using a clean and larger towel than the beanie.
Air-dry your beanies. Do not fall to the temptation of using a dryer.
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