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Removing Pet Hair from Clothes

When we rescued Macy two years ago, I never gave much thought to shedding issues; that’s because it had been about 8 years since we’d had a dog in the house, and Libby didn’t shed much at all.  Macy the Wonder Beagle does, and she’s a super affectionate dog – she loves to be held, petted, and she especially loves sitting on your lap.  All those things translate to getting dog hair on you and your clothes.  But before we address your clothing, let’s talk about ways to help reduce the amount of dog hair floating around.  This information comes from a blog post we wrote a couple years ago called ‘Cleaning Up After a Pet’;  Click here to read the entire article. 

  • Brushing your dog, a couple times a week, outside, can help reduce shedding.
  • Covering your furniture or keeping your pets off the furniture will help reduce the amount of hair that transfers to your clothes.
  • Dust, vacuum, and mop regularly.

But when pet hair does happen to make it to your clothes, try these things:

  1. Moisture.  Wet your hands, a sponge, or a towel then wipe the pet hair in a downward motion.  It will begin to clump up and either stick to the wet object or bunch up on the garment where you can then easily pick it off.
  2. Lint Roller.  Get a good-quality lint roller, making sure the tape is fresh, and again use downward strokes on the fabric.
  3. Vinegar.   Add ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to the washing machine rinse cycle to help stop dog hair from sticking to clothes.  We’ve talked before about how vinegar helps reduce static cling, so pet hair won’t stick to it. 

Of course, you can always bring pet hair covered items to any A Cleaner World location where we can not only remove the pet hair but also any other allergens.    Check our Wild Wednesday specials for savings opportunities.



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