Handy Hint: May 25, 2015

Save hats from washing machine wear and tear

washing hat in sturdy coat

It's an age-old conflict between the farm wife and her farmer: She wants to wash his favorite (and filthy) farm cap, but he doesn't want it ruined in the washer.

The solution I have found is to simply push the dirty cap, bill first, into the sleeve of a sturdy coat down to the bottom cuff (I use an insulated hooded sweatshirt). Zip up the coat, and wash it in a cold cycle with your other laundry.

Remove the wet cap, and hang it on a peg to dry. No more bent or broken bills or crushed and misshapen crowns. The cap is crisp, clean and ready to be worn again.

Laura Leiby, Wisconsin

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