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Tips to tame pet hair

Removing pet hair from clothing, furniture, carpeting and sometimes even meals is the bane of most pet owners' existence. Read on for tips on how to remove pet hair from your home, your little black dress and everything in between.

If you're anything like me, you love your animals but could do without explosions of fur on your couch and bedding. But alas, just like Fido is forever in your heart, his fur is likely irrevocably intertwined into every fiber of every piece of clothing in your house. Aside from encouraging you to opt for a dog with minimal shedding, we have compiled a list of products and homemade solutions to aid you in the battle for your sanity. Make no mistake: The battle is epic, and all good warriors should be adequately prepared.

Homemade remedies

Dryer sheets: In addition to the many uses for dryer sheets listed here, the sheets work wonders for removing pet hair from furniture and clothing. Simply take a dryer sheet, rub it on the affected surface and the hair will come right up.

Balloons: Most school-aged children know how to rub a balloon on hairto generate static electricity. This return to fourth-grade science class can actually help pet owners lift hair out of carpeting or upholstery. Just rub a balloon over the pet hair, and the balloon will pick up the mess.

Products for fur removal

  • Fur Be Gone broom: Most brooms just rub pet hair around on the floor or push the fur into the darkest corner of the room until the pile starts to resemble a tiny poodle. But the Fur Be Gone broom uses rubber bristles to generate electricity which can lift the fur from every surface imaginable in one quick sweep.
  • Hoover Pet Rewind Plus: The topic of the best vacuum cleaner for pet owners is a topic of rigorous online debate, because a good vacuum is a must when it comes to cleaning up wisps of Fluffy all over the house. But as pet owners know, not all vacuum cleaners are able to adequately clean pet hair. Although many companies have begun to offer pet hair attachments, the vacuum with the best reviews overall is the Hoover Pet Rewind Plus because it was made specifically to clean pet hair including rubber bristles that create static for easier pick up.
  • Scotchbrite Pet Hair Removal systems: Even with a high-powered vacuum, pet hair still finds car upholstery and clothing. Scotchbrite offers a system of handheld pet hair removal systems that use sticky surfaces to pull hair off of clothing and furniture.

Products for prevention

FURminator: The FURminator is a special brush that effectively removes an animal's undercoat and loose fur which can reduce the total amount of shedding in your home by 90%. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for different animals, available at Petco.

Espree Natural Simple Shed Treatment for dogs and cats: While there are wonderful multi-purpose pet shampoos, Espree Simple Shed Treatment helps animals release their undercoat and loose hair which also reduces overall shedding. The shampoo uses natural oatmeal and aloe extracts, so it is very gentle on animals of all types and ages.

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Comments on "Battle of the fur: Best ways to remove pet hair"

Mike January 04, 2014 | 4:33 PM

I put the big clothing pieces with the most hair on them-sweaters, pants, sweatshirts; items that attract the most hair-in the dryer, (not wet or washed), along with several (2-4) Bounce dryer sheets. 30 minutes on Medium (casual) temp. Works very well. Some hairs remain, and i just shake those few out Spraying with Static Guard before works even better.

Jodi January 04, 2014 | 5:22 AM

I have two labs. We keep our sofas covered with sheets but even after wash/dry the hair is still there. Anybody have a solution to remove hair in the laundry?

Rebecca December 17, 2013 | 11:13 AM

I found a reusable pet hair remover called the Chom Chom on Amazon. The name is a little goofy, but it works amazingly well.

FURminator November 06, 2013 | 1:29 PM

April, we're sorry to hear you're not so enthusiastic about FURminator deShedding Tools! We're happy to say that aside from Golden parents the world over who love the product, groomers and veterinarians have always been our biggest advocates, so we're a bit taken aback by your zero-star review! That said, we respect your voice as a groomer and are sorry to hear about your rubbish experience--we'd love to hear more if you'd like to email us at deShedding@gmail.

April November 01, 2013 | 3:15 PM

Furminator brush is rubbish! It breaks the hIr of my Golden Retrievers! You are better off with an undercoat rake and then finish off with a slicker brush! I am a prof dog groomer! Furminator brush is RUBBISH!

serkris September 22, 2013 | 8:39 AM

Freebeeze works great spray let set for few minutes and vacuum comes up every time and smells good I use allergy scent kills mites.

Marcia September 07, 2013 | 9:04 AM

I have a cordless Swivel Sweeper that I use exclusively to remove pet hair from my bedcover. 1 minute instead of 5 with all those sticky roll sheets.

Margy August 17, 2013 | 9:02 PM

Two things work great for removing dog hair... (I own two Samoyeds), first of all for your carpet; use a dog brush lightly over your carpet, it will be full in minutes. You can also try a white scrub brush lightly dampened and whisk away the fur. In the car; a washcloth that is slightly dampened works great if you rub in the same direction and poof the hair is gone. Then of course go over the area with a vacuum. In a pinch roll some duct tape up around your hand and spot clean your black clothing with any residual hairs if your lint brush is empty. Good luck, they are worth it!!

Amy May 20, 2013 | 11:08 PM

Very nice, thx very much!

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