In my opinion, wearing a cap while running is one of the most important things that a runner can do. A good running cap will protect you from the sun, being blinded by the glare of the sun and car lights, and the rain. I wear a cap every time that I go for a run - no matter what time of day it is or what the weather is. I have several and alternate them like I do my shoes. However, after so long - they do get a little stained. So, the question comes up on how to wash your running caps. Here are a few ideas to keep them clean.
Many runners wash their caps by hand. You can fill a sink - or a bucket of water with dish soap to wash it with. If it has severe stains, you can use a soft brush or toothbrush to wash.
I have also heard of runners that will put their running caps in the dishwasher. There's a plastic piece that you can buy that you put the caps on that will hold their shape. Many use that while others just put them in the top shelf in their dishwasher.
Then, there are others, myself included - that put them in the washing machine. Now, I was always afraid to do that - until I had to buy a new washer and dryer a few months ago. This washer has a "hand wash" cycle. I decided to try it with my running caps the other day - and it worked great! I used a special detergent for running clothes - and was so pleased with the results! There were a few stains that completely disappeared! My caps look almost new now.
I was worried about what would happen to the brims in the washing machine - but they came out fine. If you don't have a hand wash cycle - I would think that washing caps should work in the delicate cycle, also. You can wash them right in with your running clothes.
Whichever method that you use to wash your caps - you want to make sure that you let them air dry. You don't want to put them in the dryer. Keeping them out of the dryer should help them keep their shape.
Running caps are important to me - and I'm sure to many other runners. If you take care of them properly, they should last you for a long time.
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