by Shawn Richards, edited by Jeff Campbell
Wondering how to get rid of pet hair in your home?
If cleaning our own mess and our kids’ mess wasn’t enough, our cats and dogs also love to leave their hair all over the house.
I mean think about it.
Who likes coming home from a long day, to sit down on the couch only to find themselves covered in pet hair? Ugh! Just thinking about it sends a shiver down my spine.
Luckily, we have 13 simple tips on how to get rid of pet hair in your home.
That way we can get back to loving our pets and excess dander and cat or dog hair will be a thing of the past.
So, grab a snack and read on!
1. Make Use of Your Existing Kitchen Essentials
Did you know that baking soda aside from being a teeth whitener and a legendary baking ingredient is also an excellent carpet cleaner?
Well yes, it is! If your carpet floor or area rugs are filled with tangled pet hair, fret not. Just dust some baking soda and you’re good to go.
Baking soda both detangles pet hair and deodorizes. Cool, isn’t it? Who would have thought that a simple kitchen ingredient could be that handy?
Just sprinkle down and then vacuum up.
Also, if your pet has left a terrible stain on your carpet, you can also add some vinegar with the baking soda.
Together it forms carbonic acid which helps break down tough stains.
Moreover, if you’re not comfortable using baking soda, you can also use a rubber broom or squeegee instead.
Or you can do some more research since there are a bunch of excellent carpet cleaners in the market today.
2. Use Rubber Gloves
If you’re wondering about how to get rid of pet hair on the nooks and crannies of your house, we’ve got an answer!
Most of the times our usual cleaning tools don’t reach the carpet corners and edges.
Sometimes too much hair build-up can darken the carpet edges. If yours are similar, be prepared for some icky manual work. Put on some rubber gloves, wet your forefinger and drag the accumulated hair.
3. Match your Home Décor to the Color of your Pet
This may sound weird but if you’re a lazy cat and the only vacuum once a week, this can be a good trick. Although of course, this wouldn’t magically clean your house, it’ll make it appear so.
Matching the home décor with the color of your pet will make the loose hair stick out less.
4. Use Electrostatic Dust Mops
Try using electrostatic dust mops when cleaning hard floor surfaces.
Although most people use vacuums or brooms for this they aren’t very effective since they fail to catch all the loose hair.
Instead, the pet hair flies all over the place, getting you back to square one. Electrostatic dust mops trap and lock loose hair or any sort of dirt.
So, anyone learning how to get rid of pet hair must get one of these!
CleanAide makes a fantastic Electrostatic Duster with a 3 section extension pole. Use the pole compacted for normal dusting or extend it to 72″ inches for hard to reach places.
It’s an Amazon’s Choice product on Amazon Prime with 4 stars and over 350 reviews. Only $17.95
5. Use Lint Rollers or Clean Sponges
For furniture, try wetting a clean sponge and rub it along the fabric.
You can also use a lint roller, but make sure to collect the loose hair in a separate dustpan to prevent any unwanted redeposits.
Amazon’s Choice for lint rollers is a 5-pack of Scotch-Brite lint rollers. 4 stars and thousands of reviews and free shipping to boot!
6. Use a Microfiber Cloth
If your furniture is made of wood, glass or other non-upholstered finishes, try using a microfiber cloth. Like the electrostatic dust mops, a microfiber cloth also has an electrostatic charge which traps pet hair in its place.
Make sure to moist it with water for adhesiveness and clean it every once in a while so that you don’t redistribute all the hair again.
Amazon is to the rescue yet again here with their 24 pack of AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. It’s a #1 best seller with 4.5 stars and thousands of reviews and well under $15 with free shipping available.
7. Clean the Air Filters
Pet hair or dander can get accumulated in air and furnace filters. Make it a point to clean the air ducts and change the furnace filters to prevent the spreading of unwanted pet hair.
Not sure what the best air filters are? Check out the best HEPA Air Filters today and get a cleaner house tomorrow!
8. Wash Your Pet Bed Frequently
If your pet likes to rest on your bed, then lay a pet bed beside it.
Purchase beds with washable covers and try washing it at least once a week. This will prevent odors and over-accumulation of tangled pet hair.
If you’re unsure about how to clean the covers, just follow the instructions on the label or consult a fellow pet owner.
The Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Fuax Fur Donut Cuddler is an amazing cat and dog bed on Amazon. 2 color choices and a wealth of size choices make it the perfect pet bed for any household pet.
4.5 stars on Amazon, free shipping and well over 1,300 reviews!
9. Keep your Clothes Away
Don’t keep your clean clothes laying out in the open.
Pets are hardly ever still and keep moving around all over the place. They love resting in places they’re not supposed to and a stack of neatly folded clothes is exactly that.
Keep the laundry basket away from your pet’s reach and put away your clothes as soon as they’ve been dried or folded.
10. Use Vinegar in the washing machine
If you forgot to put away your stack of clean clothes as most people do and your pet has attacked it, frown!
After you’re done dissing yourself and wondering how to get rid of pet hair from clothes you’ve just washed, get in line. (Like you have a choice!)
First, try loosening the pet hair on your clothes before you put them into the dryer. Then put it on a heat-free, flip only cycle for about 10-15 minutes to further loosen the hair.
Before adding the clothes to a washing machine, give them a good shake or add a half cup of vinegar to remove excess hair. Dry again in the tumbling mode.
11. Use Dryer Balls
You can also use dryer balls which is a non-toxic alternative of fabric softeners. Just load them onto the dryer with your laundry and relax.
These cute balls help reduce creases, and knotting of clothes. They also help eliminate static cling which causes clothes to get stuck against each other.
They also reduce drying time, saving you on your time and energy bills.
But most importantly in this case, the are also a great solution for how to get rid of pet hair. Just toss some pet hair covered clothes in the dryer with 1 of these.
SmartSheep makes a 6-pack of wool dryer balls on Amazon Prime with a truly stunning 4.5 stars out of over 15,000 reviews. It’s also an Amazon’s Choice product and well under $20.00.
12. De-shed your Pets Regularly
Try using de-shedding tools on your pets on a regular basis.
This will eliminate loose hair without injuring the coat or cutting the skin of your beloved pets.
Try doing it outside so that your pet hair doesn’t circulate all over the place. If you’re doing it inside, do in the washroom or in an open space laying your pet on top of a rug or towel.
13. Invest in Good Dog Food and Professional Services
If you can afford it, invest in good quality dog food. Premium brands like Wellness Core Natural will provide your dog with good nutrients reducing the amount of shedding significantly.
You can also hire professional services to clean your house every 2-3 weeks. It can make a huge difference.
Can’t afford professional cleaners?
No problem! While you’re learning how to get rid of pet hair, also check out our amazing tips on How to Get Rid of Dog Odor.
Did we cover all you needed to know about how to get rid of pet hair?
In this post, we dove deep into the world of pet hair.
We love our furry friends, but sometimes the dander, hair, and mess are more than we can handle. So we broke down the steps to clean it up and bring back the cleanliness to your home.
Specifically, we looked at how to get rid of pet hair in your home.
All it takes are a few changes and some conviction. However when in doubt, grab your trusted vacuum cleaner, lint roller or damp sponge and get in action.
Of course, if you have dogs, the more they’re outside the less hair in the house, but that’s only 1 of the benefits of walking your dog. Check them all out and see how the others might help too!
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