Removing pet fur from clothing, furniture, carpeting and sometimes even meals is the bane of most pet owners’ existence — if you’ve ever found a dog hair in your freshly home-cooked dinner, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.
We love our animals, but could definitely do without explosions of fur on our couches and bedding. But alas, just like Fido is forever in our hearts, his fur is usually irrevocably intertwined into every fiber of every piece of clothing in the house — which is why we went on a hunt to compile a list of products and homemade solutions to aid in the battle for our sanity. Make no mistake: The battle is epic, and all good warriors should be adequately prepared.
Dryer sheets: Dryer sheets aren’t just for laundering your clothes anymore. They 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 hair to 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
- Evriholder Furemover 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 Furemover broom uses rubber bristles to generate electricity that acts like a magnet to lift the fur from every surface imaginable in one quick sweep. Best part? You can pick one up for less than 6 bucks.
- Hoover WindTunnel Pet Rewind bagless upright vacuum: The topic of the best vacuum cleaner for pet owners is of rigorous online debate, mostly because a good vacuum is a must when it comes to cleaning up wisps of Fluffy all over the house. Although many companies now offer pet hair attachments, the Hoover WindTunnel Pet Rewind is made specifically to clean pet hair and also includes pet attachments include rubber blades and rolling brushes.
- Scotchbrite Pet Hair Removal systems: Even with a high-powered vacuum, pet hair still finds winds up in upholstery and clothing. Scotchbrite offers several 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 percent. No joke, after you use this thing, you could knit a sweater with the amount of hair that comes off your animal. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for different types of pets.
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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.
Originally published May 2016. Updated May 2017.