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How to Get Rid of All That Pet Hair For Good

How to Get Rid of All That Pet Hair For Good

Words Marian Bull

Dogs and cats are sweet, little bundles of joy that give us unconditional love, but they can also leave so much hair all over the home. Here are easy tips (and a few removal tools) that will banish pet hair on furniture, clothes, and floors once and for all.

We love our furry friends, but dog and cat owners know the struggles of keeping pet hair under control. With each attempt, cleaning your home can begin to feel like an endless cycle: Get the pet hair out of the living room, and you find more of it in the bedroom or your kids’ room.

Until someone invents a way to train animals to clean up their own fur (or you buy a cat or dog that doesn’t shed), pet hair will always be an issue. But not to worry: there are ways to get rid of it.

Read on for easy tips (and a few helpful removal tools) that will banish pet hair on furniture, clothes, and floors once and for all.

1. Get Rid of Pet Hair on Furniture With a Sponge

A clean, lightly dampened sponge can be used on furniture and other fabrics to pick up pet hair, and doesn’t create a lot of waste since you can rinse and reuse your sponge—just make sure you keep it separate from the one you use for your dishes. Lightly rub it over the surface you’re looking to clean.

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2. Pick Up Pet Hair With a FurLifter

The self-cleaning base on this ingenious FurLifter Furniture Brush means you can easily dip a fur-filled brush back into the base and bam, it’s ready to use again. The hinged handle on the furniture brush makes it easy to use on a variety of furniture surfaces, and the microbristles pick up not just pet fur, but also hair, lint, and other annoying bits that accumulate on your couch. The FurLifter also comes in a garment brush and a convenient on-the-go size to stick in your purse, backpack, or glove compartment.

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3. Use a Microfiber Mop for Pet Hair on Hardwood Floors

Vacuum cleaners often scare pets; try a microfiber mop or microfiber floor duster instead. The tiny fibers in these materials trap small particles—or hairs—very easily. 

4. Pop Your Clothes in the Dryer with a Dryer Sheet

If you’ve got a bit more time, just run your clothes in the dryer for 10 to 20 minutes with a dryer sheet to loosen the fur. It will cling to the sheet, which makes for easy cleanup.

Don’t stop there. Continue spring cleaning every part of your home with these simple tips for your kitchen, computer and refrigerator.

By Marian Bull

Marian Bull is a freelance writer for OXO, an editor, and cook living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Lucky Peach, Saveur, Bon Appétit, The New Republic, and BuzzFeed. She hates apricots.

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