Clever Hacks for Tackling Pet Hair

Spring shedding season just so happens to occur during spring cleaning season. For many of you (like our German Shepherd owners out there), sweeping up clumps of pet fur can seem like a losing battle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can win the fight against pet fur!

To make your life easier, we rounded up clever tricks our experts and editors use to reduce the pet fur in their home. If you have a secret for tackling your pet’s fur, please share it in the comments below.

Our Secrets to a Fur-Free Home

Puppy on dog bed


1. Launder her bedding frequently.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if your pet spends a lot of time in one place, a lot of fur is going to pile up in that place. Your pet’s bed is one of those places. Be honest: How many times have you washed your dog or cat's bed? Never? Consider getting a pet bed that has washable slipcovers you can throw in the laundry. While you’re at it, it’s not a bad idea to buy more than one slipcover so you can have a few in rotation. If your furniture is her favorite resting spot, you may want to cover it with machine-washable slip covers, too.

Cat being groomed


2. Groom, groom and then groom some more.

Don’t wait until your pet looks dirty or unkempt to groom him. Bathe and brush him on a regular basis. Grooming doesn't just help make your animal smell and look better, it also helps get rid of hair that’s about to shed. So instead of ending up on your furniture or as dust bunnies under the couch, you should find it on his hairbrush or in the bath drain. Dr. Marty Becker says there are even brushes that do double duty — you can use them them like a regular brush and also during a bath to help loosen and remove fur. The more you groom your pet, the less you'll have to vacuum up loose fur.

Robotic vacuum cleaner


3. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner (or two).

Speaking of vacuuming, when you're dealing with pet fur overload, a good vacuum can make all the difference. Look for a high-quality vacuum cleaner that has pet-cleaning attachments and consider whether you want to deal with bags and cords, as there are great bagless and cordless vacuums available. One of our editors, who owns a Lab mix who sheds like there’s no tomorrow, swears by her robotic vacuum cleaner, which automatically vacuums her house with the push of a button.

Pug in Clothes


4. Get her to rock cool T-shirts.

Many of you may scoff at the idea of putting an article of clothing on your Persian cat, but what if we told you that a T-shirt can be functional and not just fashionable? A T-shirt or a specially fitted shirt can help contain your pet’s fur on her body instead of falling to the floor. Keep in mind that this trick only works if you pet will tolerate clothing, so if she doesn’t, don’t force it.

Dusting an air vent


5. Don’t forget to look in unlikely places.

Under the fridge, in the air vents, stuck to lampshades… some of the places you’d never think about can be magnets for pet hair. If you really want to deep-clean your home, you’ll have to look beyond your furniture and bed as places where fur flies.

rubber gloves


6. Wear rubber gloves.

Gather up the loose fur you’re finding all over house by donning a pair of rubber gloves and running them over furniture and all those odd places we mentioned before. If you’re wondering, yes, it’s the same kind of glove you would use to wash dishes or scrub the bathroom. After you’ve collected the fur, if you find that it's difficult to get all the hair off the gloves, toss them in the dryer for a few minutes and examine the lint trap. Prepare to be amazed at how much comes off of them.

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