Starch a Beach Hat- How to Starch a Too-Floppy Beach Hat

Starch a Beach Hat

Last summer our family took a vacation to Florida. With the fun in the sun, on the beach, and in the pool, my beach hat became wet and lost the stability it once had as a cute beach hat. In this post I will share how to Starch a Beach Hat that is Too-Floppy.

Monica with floppy beach hat

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Published August 19, 2022
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What is Liquid Starch

Miracle Product. That is all.
Honestly, it does so much!
Need to iron a shirt? Liquid starch. Want hotel crisp sheets? Liquid starch. Stiff collars? You betcha liquid starch can handle that! Live in a rental or an apartment? I bet you never knew you could paint liquid starch onto your walls and then place a bedsheet on, then repaint the liquid starch for a faux wallpaper, did you? Liquid starch is amazing. To check out how to use it for a faux wallpaper, click my blog link below where I detailed this process in our Laundry Room Update.

And on top of all of the awesomeness you can do with Liquid Starch, the greatest is that it is not an expensive product.

What a poor, limp hat. After experiencing many beaches and then being shoved into a suitcase, this adorable ALDI find lost its stiffness. Time for the Salon!

floppy beach hat needs help getting stiffness back with liquid starch

What will you need?

Liquid starch
Water

That’s it! Depending on your needs, you can dilute liquid starch to different concentrations for many uses.

how to starch a floppy beach hat

Directions

1. To bring a limp beach hat back to its former glory, I decided to attempt a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid starch. The bigger the tub or area to cover the most surface area the better, thus using our laundry rooms’ slop sink with the glorious ‘wallpaper’ on the walls! Yes, that is being held up by liquid starch.

add water into slop sink

2. Pour in the Liquid starch.

add liquid starch to water in slop sink

3. Place the floppy hat, or whichever you need to starch and soak, into the mixture.

soaking floppy beach hat in liquid starch and water mixture 1 hour

4. I let this soak for 1 hour.

beach hat in liquid starch soaking 1 hour

5. Every ten minutes I rotated the hat and wiggled it in the water to get the most out of the mixture.

soak the floppy beach hat in liquid starch and water mixture

6. On a counter, place a towel to rest your soaked item.

place a towel on counter to rest the beach hat

7. Let most of the liquid drip out before resting on the towel, making sure to not wring out the hat as you want it to reform while resting to dry.

drip water and liquid starch out of floppy beach hat

8. Rest the hat until it is completely dry. This took two full days.

soaking wet floppy beach hat resting on towel on counter

This was halfway through day 2, it was not yet fully dry.

resting to dry a beach hat that has been soaked in starch

Honestly, this made a HUGE difference to this beach hat! I am so happy with the results and will be busting this beauty out the next time we have a beach day with no worries about its former floppiness.

starch a beach hat all dried

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the hat before and after the Liquid Starch process. What a difference!!!
Finally, wear and enjoy a not-so-floppy hat once again!
~Monica

Starch a Beach Hat Directions

What You Need to Starch a Beach Hat

Liquid Starch
Water

Directions to Starch a Beach Hat

1. Firstly, pour in the Liquid starch into the sink with the water in a 50/50 mixture.
2. Secondly, place the floppy hat, or whichever you need to starch and soak, into the mixture.
3. Then let it soak for 1 hour, rotating when necessary for full coverage.
4. On a counter, place a towel to rest your soaked item.
5. Let most of the liquid drip out before resting on the towel, making sure to not wring out the hat as you want it to reform while resting to dry.
6. Rest the hat until it is completely dry.
Finally, wear and enjoy a not-so-floppy hat once again!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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