Spring! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming—and your pets have been stuck inside all winter, shedding the whole time. You've got to clean up all that pet hair—but sometimes a lint roller or vacuum cleaner just won't get the job done.
Fear not, we have some hot tips on how to get fur off of your couches, carpets, and car—all without the use of harsh or expensive chemicals.
Brush off your couch wearing rubber gloves
Whether your pets couch surf while you're not at home, or just shed on long car trips, there's a better solution than covering up your upholstery with ugly covers. Just give your seats the rubber-glove treatment. You can use regular dishwashing gloves, but if you're from the 21st century, and don't hand wash, then we'd suggest getting something more designed for the task.
Thanks to the unique texture of a rubber glove, all you need to do is run your gloved hands all over your couch or car seats. When you're done, you can brush the hair off the gloves and right into the trash.
Use a pumice stone on the tricky spots
If there's a spot where your cat or dog loves to settle down, it's probably caked in hair. When that hair is matted so hard it's impossible to remove with a vacuum, try scraping a pumice stone over the area. The scratchy texture of pumice helps lift hair out of the carpet's loops. In addition to carpets, this solution works wonders in your car, too.
Throw your clothes in the dryer
Throwing your clothes into the dryer with a bunch of dryer sheets is one way to get unwanted pet hair off your shirts, blouses, pants, and even your socks. However, dryer sheets actually have some pretty harsh chemicals in them.
That's why we like the Dryer Maid Ball. When the balls tumble in the dryer, they create static electricity that attracts pet hair off your clothes. There are a lot of dryer balls on the market, but user reviews for the Dryer Maid brand are largely positive.
Use this popular brush that pet owners swear by
You could also address the problem at the source. Good grooming can keep your pet from shedding, which is why so many cat and dog owners are fans of the Furminator.
This brush is designed to pass through an animal's top coat while gently removing loose hair from its undercoat. Its creators claim that it can reduce shedding by up to 90 percent—which will cut down on the amount of hair that ends up on your upholstery and carpets. If you have a cat, it can also cut down on hairballs!
Upgrade your vacuum
If you own a pet, you should also own a good vacuum. At Reviewed.com, we've tested hundreds of vacuums over the past five years, and we think the Kenmore 81614 is the best choice for cleaning pet hair.
Because it's a canister vacuum—with a long hose that accepts specialty attachments—it's easier to clean curtains and upholstery. One of those attachments, the Pet PowerMate, is a tiny powered brush that can agitate fur and hair out of fabrics and carpet—even in places other vacuums wouldn't fit.