You love your pets – enough that you’ve looked into pet insurance, right? – but find their fur all over your clothes and furniture. Are you ready for these quick fixes to finally remove that pet fur from your wardrobe, furniture, surfaces, and floors?
Prep: Vinegar wash FOR THE WIN!
CLOTHES & LINEN: Add ½ cup of white vinegar to your next laundry load. This will dislodge the hairs and make it easier for them to come off. Then try the following. Anything else you usually throw in the washing machine will benefit from this too!
Dry sponge bath
Run a dry sponge along your jacket, lounge suite or trousers to easily lift light hairs. Same goes for furniture, floors and other surfaces, though the damp duster (next step) will likely yield a better result here.
Run a slightly wet duster cloth along hairy clothes or cushions. The moist surface will help to lift the little hairs like a genie. This also works on flooring, furniture and so on. You can also prevent pet fur from gathering in the first place with our hacks for pet proofing your home.
TIP: wring out the duster first to avoid drips and dribbles.
Rubber gloves have so many uses and getting pet fur off your fabrics is one of them. Run your gloved hands along the offended surface and see those little hairs lift! Get your primary school scientist on with the static energy!
DIY-style lint remover
When you want to remove pet fur there’s no need to invest in an expensive contraption that might break. The affordable version is so easy, you can do it in a minute or less. Wrap packaging tape, sticky side out, around your four fingers a few times (so that it loops around and sticks to itself). Then run your taped hands along the soiled surface. Works nicely on dust as well.
TIP: don’t wrap the tape too tight that you can’t slip your paws out of it!
Microfibre those tiny slivers!
While every surface responds to the law of pets first, we are glad to inform you that non-upholstered surfaces also respond well to the laws of physics. Run a microfibre cloth along a hair-soiled surface to see them rise to the occasion.
Pumice the pesky hairs
Want to remove pet hair from car or other upholstery? Gently run a pumice stone with fine perforations along your upholstery to dislodge stubborn hairs. Avoid pleather, plastic, and leather surfaces, of course!
Rubber broom that wooden floor!
It’s not only your clothes, is it? Everything seems covered in fur, hairs, dust…. help! Turns out, hardwood surfaces respond really well to the effects of a rubber broom. A bonus is you get a bit of a workout at the same time! No hidden costs, either.
Baking soda sprinkles
Everybody’s favourite home cleaning additive, this clever powder also helps loosen hairs on the carpet. Sprinkle widely before you vacuum for dramatically better results.
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