Hammock Maintenance: How to Wash, Clean, Dry and Store

So you’ve been using your hammock to camp and relax, and now it’s time to clean it. Well, there are several ways to go about this, but be sure to take the time to keep you hammock clean and properly store it when not in use.


Can You Put a Hammock in a Washing Machine?

Yes, most hammocks can be washed in a washing machine. This is the easiest way to clean your hammock, but take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hammock by itself with no other clothes or items
  • Wash your hammock on a delicate, low spin cycle
  • Remove the carabiners
  • Make sure to use cold water
  • Add a small amount of detergent
  • Do not use fabric softer
  • Never add bleach to the wash

How to Hand Wash Your Hammock

If you want to take extra precaution with you hammock then I would recommend hand washing. It takes a bit more effort than using a washing machine, but is the safest way to ensure you do not damage your hammock.

The best way to hand wash your hammock is to use a large container and fill it with warm water and mild detergent. You can also use your bathtub if this is easier for you. Once the hammock us submerged in the water, use a soft bristle brush and gently scrub the surface until you have gone over the entire hammock.

Once you have finished scrubbing, empty the container (or bathtub) and refill it with cold water. Make sure you get all of the excess soap off your hammock.

Another simple way to clean your hammock is clean it in your yard (assuming it is a nice day). Fill a bucket with water and a mild detergent. Then using your garden hose, rinse off your hammock and gently scrub the surface with the detergent/water. Rinse and repeat this process until your hammock is crystal clean.

Can You Put a Hammock in the Dryer?

No, you should never put your hammock in the dryer. Make sure to give yourself enough time to line-dry your hammock after you have washed it. On a nice sunny day it will take less than 60 minutes to dry completely.

You risk damaging your hammock if you use a dryer. Especially if you wash and dry it routinely. It is always best to take the time to let it dry on the line.

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How to Store Your Hammock

When your not using your hammock you should store it in a cool, dry place away from any critters. If you can, store it on a shelf off of the ground and cover it in plastic or a carrying bag. This will ensure that your hammock does not get damaged by the elements.