How to Tackle Pet Hair on Laundry

Those of us with pets will testify to the tremendous amount of love and joy they bring into our lives. Our pets bring affection, happiness, and excitement to our homes, but what is not exciting is the amount of pet hair around on our clothes, carpet, and blankets. There are ways around this so let us help you keep that pet hair away.

In an ideal world, our pets wouldn’t have the desire to climb on furniture or, at the very least, they would be trained not to do so. Quite honestly, there are evenings when you probably take great comfort in curling up with your cat or dog on the couch and watching TV. This is when the vacuum attachments come in handy, being used on the furniture at least once a week. It’s the best defense in keeping pet hair off of our clothes. If you have a pet that favors one particular chair or spot on the sofa, you can avoid the vacuuming chore by covering the piece of furniture with an old blanket or sheet, which can be removed before guests come to the house. In addition to vacuuming you should also brush your pets once a week to remove loose hairs.

The second best defense against pet hair on clothing is to clean the washing machine. Run an empty wash cycle; if your machine has a center agitator with a cup for liquid fabric softener, fill it with hot water before running the cycle. When the cycle is finished, grab a wet cloth and wipe down the entire machine. Keep the machine clean by running a lint roller over your clothes before you put them in the washing machine. You may want to leave a lint roller in the laundry room so you always remember to do this before your wash.

Using white vinegar in the washer will also help keep pet hair off of clothing. It reduces static cling and may help to release any leftover pet hair from clothing.

Finally, empty the lint trap of your dryer after each load. Pet hair will usually be caught in the trap, but will remain in your dryer and on your clothes if the trap isn’t cleaned on a regular basis. Do not fold clothes on your bed or any piece of furniture that is typically occupied by a pet. Hang the laundry and put folded items away immediately, to avoid having pets use them as beds. Keeping pet hair off of clothes is an ongoing battle, but it can be won with persistence. If you lack the time or energy to fight the fight, feel free to contact us for some more tips.

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