Have you ever thrown on a sweater, left the house, and realized that it’s somehow become more cat hair than sweater? Have you ever felt the embarrassment when a house guest looks down at their pants and sees the clumps of dog fur that are now coating them?
Most pet owners have experienced the horror of having your house overtaken by a shedding pet. We sweep and vacuum, but it just keeps coming back! Even worse, sometimes it never leaves!
Some pet hair gets stuck in clothing, furniture, and all types of fabrics. The fur manages to weave it’s way into the carpet and refuses to leave by traditional methods.
It can be frustrating, but we promise, there is hope!
In this blog, we are going to talk about the best pet hair removal products, as well as some nifty DIY pet hair picker-uppers. We’ve chosen our favourites from both categories and we’ll tell you why.
But first, we should address the best methods for reducing the amount of pet hair that is littering your beautiful home.
If you are sick of constantly cleaning up pet hair, then you need to reduce how much your pet sheds!
There are many factors that affect the skin and coat health of your pet, like diet, environment and grooming habits. Here are some of the simplest ways to improve your pet’s coat and reduce shedding:
Feed a high-quality diet
Include Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in their diet
Keep your pet hydrated (kibble feeders especially need to be aware of this)
Brush regularly (some pet’s need daily brushing while others can manage with 2-3 times per week)
Use a brush that is designed for shed control
Bathe no more than once per month (unless it’s absolutely required), as over-grooming can dry the skin and remove oils from the coat
Use a topical conditioner on dry skin areas, like Pet-Tek coconut oil or aloe vera
Be prepared for shedding seasons and get ready to intensify your grooming routine accordingly
These are just some of the basic tips for reducing shedding. They are simple to try and although you certainly don’t have to do them all, you may need to implement a couple of them to really see a difference.
Best Pet Hair Removing Tools
These handy-dandy tools are designed to help you rid your home of annoying pet fur. Each has its own benefits and shortcomings, but they all do a pretty decent job of pet hair removal. Here are the top pet hair removal tools. We picked our favourite out of the bunch too!
This funny looking tool is the go-to pet hair removal tool for your laundry. The soft, almost tacky texture grabs pet hair and gently removes it from your clothes while you wash it. Just add it to any load of laundry and let it tumble around, collecting pet hair and leaving your clothes furless.
It’s non-toxic and hypo-allergenic, so it’s safe to use with pets and human laundry. Plus, it can be used in both the washer and the dryer!
The FurZapper shouldn’t be used with fabric softener or dryer sheets, as they can reduce the tacky texture that helps it attract and remove pet hair.
Simply rinse the FurZapper with warm water and dish soap to clean it and it’s ready to use again.
If you’ve heard the name before, then you are probably thinking, “wait isn’t that just a brush?” It turns out Furminator is not only a great deshedding tool, but the brand has crafted some pretty helpful pet hair removal tools as well.
Furminator Hair Collection Tool
The Furminator Hair Collection Tool is perfect for small clean-ups and furniture. This roller tool works by grabbing hair as it rolls across the surface of the fabric. It collects in a small compartment and it easily opened and emptied.
This tool is a little more effective than the sticky roller, as the wheel is covered in a coarse fabric that easily snags any pet hair that it encounters, no matter how stubborn it is.
Furminator Home Hair Sweeper
For larger jobs, like flooring and carpeted areas, try the Home Hair sweeper. Using the same technique as the Hair Collection Tool, the sweeper is the full-size version.
In addition to the coarse roller meant for collecting hair, there is a squeegee bar attached to help really pull out hair that has settled right in.
It’s also very easy to clean and doesn’t require batteries or a plug-in. Just roll and empty. It’s that easy!
If only it was so easy that we could train our pet’s to clean up their own pet hair…
Furminator Vacuum Accessory
If you are looking to save yourself a couple of steps between grooming and clean-up, then look no further. The Furminator Vacuum Attachment is the perfect pairing for you.
Attach one end to your vacuum (attachment fits most models), and fix your Furminator Deshedding Brush to the other.
Now you can vacuum while you brush. That pet hair never stood a chance!
Four Paws Clean Up Sponge
This Magic Coat Clean Up Sponge is a perfect hair removal tool for furniture and can be used on just about any fabric. This dense sponge, made from rubber, easily tugs at pet hair on fabrics.
It’s reusable and can be quickly cleaned using soap and water. Always let it dry completely before using again.
The Clean Up Sponge works best on firmer fabrics like couches and car fabrics, but still reduces pet hair from clothing and carpets. It's a bit awkward to use on softer fabrics, but it still gets the job done.
Safari Hair Removal Roller
The standard sticky roller, we all know it and love it. Perforated sheets of sticky paper are designed to glide across the fabric and snatch up and loosen the hair.
It’s simple, it’s disposable, and it’s great for travelling and quick clean-ups. Keep one in the car, by the front door, in your purse, and even at work.
While this was a close contender for our favourite, we did consider the environmental impact of a disposable pet hair remover.
The Furminator Hair Collection Tool!
We found this to work the best a variety of fabrics, from clothing, to furniture to carpets, and even in the car! It’s small and lightweight so it’s easy to use, and even easier to clean. It didn’t get every little bit but it was definitely the most versatile.
We do have to give a shout out to the Furzapper. Its unique use made it hard to compare to other tools that work for furniture and carpets, but it works great for laundry.
All these fancy tools are well and good, but what if you are looking for something cheap and convenient. These DIY pet hair removers are things you probably already have laying around the house.
While they may not be quite as effective as the tools in our list above, they will work just fine when you are in a pinch.
As a quick sidenote, none of the DIY pet hair removers should ever be used on your pet. They can easily pull at hair and hurt them.
Most of us probably have a pair of rubber dish gloves sitting underneath our sink. It sounds too easy, but pop those gloves on and use your hand in a sweeping motion to collect pet hair into a clump for easy disposal.
Good old fashioned packing tape will do the trick. This isn’t the most eco-friendly option, but the tape is fairly effective. Tear off a strip of tape and make a circle, with the sticky side facing out.
Put your hand through the middle, the non-sticky side, and start patting the area that you wish to de-fur. It work pretty god for furniture and carpet, but it is best used on clothing. It's perfect for a last minute de-furring before you head out the door.
This method uses the power of static electricity to collect the hair. Simply wipe down the surface that is covered in hair and dispose of the sheet.
We recommend this system for clothing and softer fabrics. It’s gentle but won’t be as effective on hair that is really stuck into the fabrics like carpet.
A simple shower squeegee is a pretty effective tool for removing pet hair. It works best on carpet and sturdier fabrics like furniture, as the rigidity of the squeegee may damage clothing.
Just use it the same way a squeegee is intended to be used. Short strokes across the fabric will help to clump the pet hair together and make it easy to pick up and toss in the garbage.
Your Dog’s Brush
Believe it or not, the brush that you use to remove loose hair from your pet will have the same effect on other surfaces.
A rubber brush, meant for bathing and short-haired breeds will work most effectively. Slicker brushes or stiff metal brushes can damage fabric, so use at your own risk.
It seems too simple to be effective, but we were surprised. Even cleaning a fur laced cat tree was pretty easy and quick. While it does still require you to pick up the clumps, the rubber glove technique is perfect for collecting all the hair into one spot.
While this list is just a few of the DIY pet hair removers, we found them to be some of the most effective methods.
Do you have a fool-proof pet hair removal tool or tip? Let us know in the comments below.