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How to Hang a Hammock

How to Hang a HammockWhile we can’t promise that hanging your hammock will be as relaxing as actually laying in it, we’re here to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Here’s how to hang a hammock on your property for the ultimate spring resting spot.

Choose the Best Location for Your Hammock

Choosing the best location for your hammock is the most difficult part of the process. You’ll want to find two sturdy trees that are about the same distance apart as the length of your hammock when it’s fully stretched out. (It’s best to measure your distance before you get your heart set on a hammock that might not work.) If you happen to have the perfect place, lucky you! If your trees aren’t quite up to the task, you have a couple of options.

First, it’s important to note that having trees that are too far apart will give you better odds than trees that are too close together. That’s because trees that are too close together will cause the hammock to brush the ground when you lay in it. Trees that are a touch too far apart, however, can work as long as they’re not too far apart. While you can stretch a hammock to fit between trees, we don’t recommend using more than 18 inches of rope or chain on either end. Too much stretching can lead to ripping—or flipping.

Is Hanging Your Hammock Inside an Option?

Definitely. It’s just that instead of measuring the distance between two trees, you’ll measure the distance between two walls. Be prepared to drill holes into your walls, as this will give you the safest and most durable results.

Secure Your Hammock with the Right Suspension Materials

Once you’ve got the location figured out, you’ll need to find the right materials for suspending your hammock. Fortunately, you can buy kits for both indoor and outdoor hammock-hanging that contain everything you need, save for a few household tools.

For outdoors, we recommend using tree-fastening straps. This way, you can avoid drilling into your trees and potentially causing significant damage. For each tree, you’ll wrap the strap, pass it through the metal loop and then use an S-hook to attach either end of the hammock to the rings.

For indoors, your best bet is to purchase a complete kit made especially for hanging hammocks inside. This way, you can be sure that you won’t cause costly damage to your walls.

How High to Hang Your Hammock

What type of hammock do you have? This will determine how high you hang it.

Traditional Hammocks

Traditional hammocks hang loosely between two points, the center “drooping” down toward the ground. When you lay in them, you’ll feel “cocooned” since either side will collapse in around your shape. It’s best to hang traditional hammocks about six to eight feet off the ground to accommodate the center.

Hammocks with Spreader Bars

Hammocks with spreader bars on either end may be hung lower than traditional hammocks because they don’t have a center that hangs loosely. These hammocks should be hung taunt, or parallel, about four to five feet off the ground.

Now that you know the basics, you can hang your hammock quick and get straight to relaxing.

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How to Clean a Leather Couch in 4 Steps

how to clean leather couchWhen it comes to upholstery, leather is one of the most durable options out there. And while it doesn’t require a lot of routine maintenance, it does still need a little extra TLC from time to time. Learn how to clean your leather couch like a pro with these four simple steps.

Gather Your Materials

We could teach you how to clean a leather couch with those specially-made wet cloths. In that case, it would take little more than wiping your furniture down and letting it dry. But all-in-one products don’t always get the job done. And at any rate, if you still decide to go the wipe route, you can get even better results by prepping your couch first. You’ll need:
A vacuum, preferably with a brush attachment

  • A clean microfiber cloth
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • A bowl or bucket
  • Clean rags

Step 1: Remove dust and any other debris.

You never know what kind of hard-to-see debris might be hanging out on your couch. Before you take any liquid cleaning products to your leather couch, it’s important to make sure it’s completely free of any dust and dirt. Use your vacuum brush attachment to thoroughly sweep your sofa, and be sure to get down between the cushions.

Step 2: Wipe your leather couch down.

Once you’ve given your couch a thorough once-over with the vacuum, grab your microfiber cloth and wipe it down again. You should be seeing a clearer picture of which areas of your couch need special attention due to wear and tear.

Step 3: Mix up an all-natural cleaning solution.

We all know that vinegar is an excellent all-natural cleansing agent. Turns out it’s even great for leather! Mix equal parts vinegar and water in your bowl or bucket to make your cleaner.

Step 4: Wipe down your leather couch.

Lightly saturate a cloth so that’s it’s damp, but not dripping with the vinegar cleaning solution. Then concentrate on the areas that need the most attention first. Lightly wipe the couch, rinsing the cloth often so that you don’t move around any dirt that comes up. Immediately follow by wiping the area with a dry cloth. It’s important to never over-saturate or leave excess moisture on leather for long, as this could cause permanent damage.

For Stains That Won’t Come Up

It’s always better to attack a stain as soon as it happens so that you don’t give it time to set. But if you see a mysterious spot long after the fact, it’s worth it to try and remove it. These methods just might work for tougher stains:

For Ink Stains

If you have a white or beige leather sofa, it’s probably seen its share of ink stains. To remove them, try dipping a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol till it’s damp (the same rule applies here—don’t over-saturate). Then lightly swab the ink stain till it comes up, following immediately with a dry cloth.

For Food and Beverage Stains

We’re generalizing a little here—this solution is really for any unidentifiable blemish. Mix together equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar until the ingredients form a paste. Carefully apply the paste to the stain and let it set for 10 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth and following with a dry one.

For Grease Spots

Grease spots are the trickiest offenders of all because using water on them could help the grease soak into your leather upholstery. It’s crucial to identify them correctly. When in doubt, try sprinkling baking soda on the spot to help absorb any oils. You’ll need to leave the baking soda on the stain for a few hours up to overnight and then gently brush it away.

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How to Clean a Clogged Showerhead in 6 Easy Steps

There’s nothing more annoying than a clogged showerhead. But don’t rush out and buy a new one just yet! You can easily clean your old showerhead for a spray that feels like new with just a few household items.

Why Do I Have a Clogged Showerhead?

First, let’s talk about what’s clogging up your showerhead. Because water passes through showerheads daily, the calcium and other minerals that are naturally found in our H2O supply slowly build up over time, causing clogs. Many other water-spouting devices are susceptible to this very same phenomenon, including regular faucets and coffee makers (and luckily, our cleaning tips apply to all).

Don’t Use This Harsh Cleaner!

Browsing the aisles of your local home improvement store, you’ll likely come across several products that claim to remove calcium and mineral deposits from showerheads. CLR, or Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover, for example, is one such solution that’s touted for the purpose of cleaning household water sources. While it might indeed do the trick, keep in mind that CLR includes harsh cleansing agents that can be harmful to health.

We all know that we should never breathe in fumes or risk exposing our skin when working with tough household cleaners. But once the hot water starts flowing, breathing in vapors and exposing the skin to CLR residue is practically unavoidable if you’ve recently cleaned your showerhead with it. That’s why we’re suggesting a much more natural solution: vinegar.

How to Clean a Clogged Showerhead

To clean your clogged showerhead, you’ll need:

  • a plastic bag large enough to fit over the showerhead
  • a twist tie
  • an old toothbrush
  • distilled white vinegar

Step 1

Fill the plastic bag halfway with vinegar. Be sure not to fill it up completely to avoid the vinegar pouring out once you attach it to the showerhead.

Step 2

Place the bag over the showerhead so that it’s submerged in vinegar.

Step 3

Use the twist tie to secure the plastic bag to the showerhead. You can also use the bag’s handles to further secure the bag.

Step 4

Let the showerhead soak in the vinegar anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. We recommend waiting at least a few hours just to be sure you’re giving the vinegar enough time to do its work.

Step 5

Carefully untie the bag and turn the water on. Let the shower run for a few minutes to flush out any mineral deposits that might be stuck inside.

Step 6

Use the old toothbrush to scrub the area of the showerhead where the water comes out. Then turn the water on again to do a final flush out. You may need to scrub the showerhead and turn the water back on several times until you can’t see any more residue. And you’re all finished!

BONUS TIP: If you have a removable showerhead, you can skip the plastic bag! Simply remove the showerhead and place it in a saucepan or plastic container of vinegar facedown to submerge the area where the water comes out. You can repeat all other steps as usual.

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