Combating Pet Hair

Those of us with pets will testify to the tremendous amount of love and joy they bring into our lives. My cat loves to wake me up each morning by sitting on my stomach and purring, while the dog lays on the bed next to her, patiently waiting for my eyes to pop open so he can smother me with morning kisses. He’s as excited to see me when I wake up as he is when I come home from work, and I’m equally excited to see them. What I’m not excited about is pet hair on my clothes. Quite frankly, it’s one of my greatest pet peeves (no pun intended), so I thought we’d spend a few minutes discussing the best way to keep ourselves from taking little pieces of our four legged friends with us wherever we roam.

In an ideal world, our pets wouldn’t have the desire to climb on furniture or, at the very least, they would be trained not to do so. Quite honestly, there are evenings when I take great comfort in curling up with my pooch on the couch and watching TV. This has resulted in the vacuum attachments being used on the furniture at least once a week and sometimes more frequently, if one of my children wants to be mommy’s helper. It’s the best defense in keeping pet hair off of our clothes. If you have a pet that favors one particular chair or spot on the sofa, you can avoid the vacuuming chore by covering the piece of furniture with an old blanket or sheet, which can be removed before guests come to the house. In addition to vacuuming you should also brush your pets once a week to remove loose hairs.

The second best defense against pet hair on clothing is to clean the washing machine. Run an empty wash cycle; if your machine has a center agitator with a cup for liquid fabric softener, fill it with hot water before running the cycle. When the cycle is finished, grab a wet cloth and wipe down the entire machine. Keep the machine clean by running a lint roller over your clothes before you put them in the washing machine. Each of my children has a lint roller in their room and I’ve taught them to run it over their clothes before they take them off and toss them into the dirty laundry basket. I also keep one in the laundry room.

Using white vinegar in the washer will also help keep pet hair off of clothing. It reduces static cling and may help to release any leftover pet hair from clothing.

Finally, empty the lint trap of your dryer after each load. Pet hair will usually be caught in the trap, but will remain in your dryer and on your clothes if the trap isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. Do not fold clothes on your bed or any piece of furniture that is typically occupied by a pet. Hang the laundry and put folded items away immediately, to avoid having pets use them as beds. Keeping pet hair off of clothes is an ongoing battle, but it can be won with persistence. If you lack the time or energy to fight the fight, contact Laundry Care and let us help you.

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15 Responses to Combating Pet Hair

  1. DeeAnna says:

    I was just thinking about this! I tried your vinegar tip, I can’t wait to see if it worked. Beautiful dog, not so beautiful dog hair on my black pants!!

  2. Yes DeAnna, pet hair on my clothes drives me CRAZY. I hope the vinegar helps.

  3. These are some great ideas, I have super bad allergies, and my husband loves dogs so hopefully these things will help when the day comes and we do get a dog!
    Thanks!

  4. Letty says:

    What a helpful article. With a shaggy black dog, and a siamese cat I am inundated with animal hair. I need all the help I can get.

  5. Brendan says:

    Great tips Danielle — sometimes if I have a coat that doesn’t respond well to lint rollers I use a latex glove or balloon to build up static which pulls the hair right out of the fabric!

  6. Thanks so much for a great website! I will check back often!

  7. Heather K says:

    These are great tips! I will try them out :)

    • Christie says:

      Unfortuately I was not happy with the Potty Patch at all. I was very excited when I eveirecd it because I thought it would put an end to the disposable piddle pads … well, I’m back to using the pads and out $50. I have a small 7 pound pomeranian and by the end of the second day the Patch smelled horrendous … I didn’t realize that you need to wash it thoroughly with warm soap and water EVERY day and it STILL smells of urine. I had to throw it out after the first week. The piddle pads are much easier and do not smell because I use a fresh one daily. Something to consider before you purchase this item …

  8. Teigh says:

    Great tip on using vinegar to keep pet hair off clothes.

  9. Nanette says:

    Seriously was so tired of dog hair everywhere, we switched to leather couches! Yes, it was that bad. Who knew beagles shed so much!

  10. Camille says:

    I usually win… Until Spring. Then my house pretty much becomes a giant furball.

  11. Naomi says:

    Pet hair on clothes can be very embarrassing, I’m going to try using vinegar. Thanks bunches for the tip.

  12. Amanda K. says:

    I’ve had my dog for about 11 years now… longer than I’ve had my husband, lol. He complains when I let the dog up on the couch because of the dog hair, but to me – meh, it’s no biggie. Like you suggested, I use an old blanket in her favorite spot so the clean up is much less of a hassle. I guess over the years I’ve just become accustomed to it, but I do agree that dog hair on the clothes is beyond annoying.

    I really like your white vinegar tip – and can’t wait to give that a shot!

  13. candida says:

    I love it! I totally agree with washing in cold water. I’ve been doing that for years now.
    Great site.

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