How to best get rid of 'wet dog smell' out of your hats

We know here at The Hat Project that in a Melbourne winter, no matter how hard you try, your hats will tend to get wet. If your hats have acquired that unpleasant 'wet dog smell' during the winter, here are some steps to help eliminate the odor:

  1. Spot clean: Check the care instructions on your hat to ensure it's safe for spot cleaning. Use a mild detergent or specialized hat cleaner diluted in water. Gently scrub the affected areas using a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid soaking the entire hat unless the care instructions permit.

  2. Rinse thoroughly: After spot cleaning, rinse the hat thoroughly under cold running water to remove any residue. Ensure all soap or detergent is completely washed out.

  3. Air dry in sunlight: Hang the hat in a well-ventilated area to air dry naturally. Sunlight can help eliminate odors, but avoid placing it in direct heat or sunlight for extended periods as it may damage the hat's material.

  4. Use odor absorbers: Place odor-absorbing substances like baking soda, activated charcoal, or coffee grounds in a cloth bag or nylon stocking and insert it into the hat. Leave it overnight to absorb any lingering smells.

  5. Freshen with essential oils: For a pleasant scent, add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or tea tree oil, to a cloth or cotton ball. Place it inside the hat and let it sit for a few hours.

Remember to always refer to the care instructions provided by the hat manufacturer. Taking proper care and storing your hats in a clean and dry environment can help prevent odors from developing in the first place.