5 Inexpensive Ways to Remove Pet Hair

Charming dog lying on bed in morning
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It's easy and inexpensive to remove unwanted pet hair from quilts and other surfaces.

Are you tired of the buildup of hair your pets leave behind? Four-legged pets are experts at scattering hair throughout the house, and the more pets you share a home with, the more hair (and dander) you'll need to remove.

Your first line of defense against an invasion of hair packed dust bunnies is a vacuum (with filter) that can suck up the mess before it takes up residence throughout your home. Dyson makes a vacuum cleaner that's designed for animal owners, and it's been a favorite for years, but many other brands offer similar models.

Even when we don't allow pets in some areas of the house, our clothes and shoes can act as a convenient hair-transportation system, taking those little wisps from one room to the next. All of us who have pets (with hair) had best be ready to deal with shedding on our (regularly used) quilts and other "sticky" surfaces. The inexpensive tools below can help.

Remove Pet Hair From Washable Items

  • Greenwashing products are excellent for hair and dander removal from quilts, bedding, and anything else that can be thrown into the wash (Charlie's is a favorite gentle cleaning product).
  • It's easy to make your own laundry soaps that remove odors, soil, and hair.
  • Adding a bit of washing soda to the cycle seems to help the hair slide off.
  • Don't over-pack the washer's tub, and be sure to use an "extra water" setting if available.
  • Remove as much hair as possible before throwing items into the wash.

Most quilters have quilts are used, either by family or by the people they were gifted to, but there are lots of heirloom quilts that are stored away safely and protected from pet hair.

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    Try a Pet Hair Lifter Sponge

    This simple yellow sponge is a favorite hair picker-upper. It's denser (and a bit heavier) than a typical sponge and grabs pretty much all hair in its path when you slide it across a quilt or other surface. The soft sponge won't harm fabrics, and its low cost makes it easy to keep a few on hand at all times.

    Don't have a special sponge? Make a pad from cloth-like paper towels and dampen slightly—not soaking wet, just a bit damp. Swipe the fabric and watch the paper towels grab the hair. Dry paper towels work, too.

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    Furminator Deshedding Tools Aren't Just for Pets

    Furminator Brush

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    Furminator makes a vast variety of de-shedding tools that remove loose hair from your pet before it lands on the floor or sticks to everything in sight.

    We wouldn't necessarily drag a prickly-edged Furminator across a quilt, but have found that they perform nicely when (carefully) used to remove hair from some types of (sturdy) upholstered items.

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    Pet Hair Mitts and Gloves

    Pet Grooming Glove
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    Shop for hair removal gloves, and you'll find all sorts of gentle products that are primarily designed to groom shorter-haired cats and dogs. They provide a wonderful hair-removing massage when dry, and a gentle scrub during a bath. 

    Most types work nicely to remove hair from upholstery, too and are soft enough to use on cotton fabrics. Sure, hair may not all stick to the tools, but most of it is at least pushed into one area, where it's easy to pick up with damp paper towels or another product.

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    Pet Hair Magnet

    The Pet Hair Magnet is a squeegee with a rubber lip that can be pulled across both soft and hard surfaces. Hair is captured by the strip and can be removed at the end of each pass.

    The special pet version is a nice size—not too unwieldy, with an easy-to-grip-handle. A regular shower or window-washing squeegee would work, too.

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    Scotch Fur Fighter

    The manufacturer (3M) says the tool will remove "embedded hair that vacuums miss."

    3M also makes typical sticky-based lint rollers, something we all usually keep on hand for a quick pass on our clothes before being seen in public (it's either that or color-code your wardrobe to match the pet hair.

    It's Not Just Our Pets

    Our pets have more hair than we (usually) do, but humans shed, too. Don't blame the little ones for all of the mess, because a portion of what we pick up with hair-cleaning tools originated from us.