what is the best way to get pet hair off clothes

You love your pet – you really do! But after a snuggle session (or finding them curled up on your favorite blouse) your clothes are covered in pet confetti. Pet hair can cling to all kinds of fabrics, and keeping clothes pet hair free is a challenge for people all over the world. Whether you have a dog or cat, those pet hairs can sneak onto your clothing and reveal themselves at the most inopportune times, leaving your clothes looking messy and unclean.

So what is the best way to get pet hair off clothes?

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The best way to get and keep pet hair off clothes is to prevent it from reaching your clothing in the first place! Don’t worry – you don’t have to get rid of your furry friend. But even short-haired dogs and cats may seasonally shed. Keep your pet well-groomed and brushed to help them get rid of shedding hair outside! You may not get all of their shedding hairs, but you can substantially reduce the amount of pet hair in your house, on your furniture, and on your clothes.

Get Pet Hair Off Clothes Before (and During) Washing

If your clothing is covered in pet hair, it could be causing problems for other clothes and your washing machine. Pet hair can accumulate in your washing machine’s drain and cause clogging and inefficient drainage. It can also spread to other clothing in full loads and multiply your furry clothing problem!

Before you put clothes – or even dog beds – with pet hair on them in the washing machine, put them in the dryer on a 10 to 15 minute cycle. The dryer will loosen the clothing’s fabrics to release hair and tumble your clothes, freeing pet hair and diverting it to the lint trap. Some dryers even have a special PetPlus setting for serious pet owners!  Then, you can safely dispose of excess pet hair in the garbage rather than in your washing machine’s drain.

Once your pre-wash dryer cycle is complete, shake your clothing out to send any remaining hairs flying and toss your clothing in the wash. If you have lots of pet hair or lint trapped in your clothing, add a half cup of white vinegar to the washing machine’s rinse cycle. This will help loosen the fabrics of your clothing (don’t worry – they’ll come out in tip-top shape) to free even more pet hair during agitation and rinsing.

Get Pet Hair Off Clothes Before Leaving the House

Whether you’re visiting a friend or family member with pets or just can’t resist a morning scratch for your own furry companion, leaving the house with fuzzy clothing is a bad look! The best way to remove pet hair from your clothes on the go is to use a high-quality lint or pet hair roller. These lint rollers come with sticky tear-off disposable sheets or made from a reusable sticky surface that just needs to be wetted before being run over your clothing. Once you’ve got all the pet hair off your clothing, you can simply rinse the reusable lint roller off and it’s ready for the next use. 

In a pinch, you can also use a damp cloth. Avoid cloths with loose or pilling fibers as these can add to the problem by depositing fresh lint all over your clothing. Instead, use a shammy or tight-knit washcloth and gently brush it over your clothing to remove as much hair as possible.

Skip the Hassle and Never Do Laundry Again

At Hangers Cleaners, we can’t keep your pets from snuggling up to you in your favorite business casual outfit – but we can keep your clothes free and keep you from having to hassle with laundry. Our free scheduled pickup and delivery services mean you don’t have to worry about America’s most-hated chore and you don’t even have to leave the house! Call us today or visit your neighborhood Hangers Cleaners to learn more and start your laundry-free life.