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How to Clean Pet Hair From Clothes Washer

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Hey there! So, picture this: you’re doing laundry and suddenly you notice pet hair all over your clothes. Talk about a furry situation! Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

In this article, I’ll show you exactly how to clean pet hair from your clothes washer. From assessing the hairy situation to preventing future build-up, I’ll guide you step-by-step.

So grab your lint roller and let’s get those clothes looking fur-free in no time!

Key Takeaways

  • Identify problem areas where pet hair accumulates, such as the rubber gasket, lint trap, and drain pump filter.
  • Choose the right cleaning products, such as a lint roller or sticky lint brush.
  • Regularly groom pets to minimize shedding.
  • Use a damp cloth or fabric brush for delicate fabrics like silk or wool.

Assessing the Pet Hair Situation

I’ll start by checking the pet hair situation in my clothes washer. To effectively clean pet hair from the washer, it’s important to identify problem areas where the hair tends to accumulate. These areas may include the rubber gasket, the lint trap, and the drain pump filter.

Once I’ve identified these problem areas, I can move on to choosing the right cleaning products. For removing pet hair, I find that using a lint roller or a sticky lint brush works well. Additionally, a damp microfiber cloth can be used to wipe down the rubber gasket and other surfaces.

Preparing the Washer for Cleaning

To get started, I’ll ensure the washing machine is ready for cleaning by following these steps:

  • Open the washing machine door and inspect the seal for any visible pet hair or debris.
  • If there’s hair present, use a soft brush or a lint roller to gently remove it from the seal.
  • Pay close attention to the corners and crevices where hair tends to accumulate.
  • Take care not to damage the seal while removing the hair.

Once the hair is removed from the seal, it’s time to clean the drum.

  • Wipe down the interior of the drum with a damp cloth to remove any loose hair or dirt.
  • Remove the detergent dispenser and clean it thoroughly.
  • Run an empty wash cycle with hot water and a cup of white vinegar to sanitize the machine.

Removing Pet Hair From the Drum and Agitator

After inspecting the seal and cleaning it, I wiped down the drum to remove any loose hair or debris.

As a part of regular dryer maintenance, it’s important to keep the drum clean to ensure optimal performance and prevent any potential issues. Pet hair can easily get trapped in the drum and agitator, causing it to accumulate and affect the efficiency of the machine.

To remove pet hair from the drum and agitator, I used a damp cloth or dryer sheet. I gently wiped the interior of the drum, making sure to reach all the nooks and crannies where hair might be hiding. The slightly damp cloth or dryer sheet helps to attract and capture the pet hair, making it easier to remove.

It’s important to repeat this process regularly to prevent excessive build-up and maintain a clean and efficient dryer.

Cleaning Pet Hair From the Filter and Drain Pump

When cleaning the filter and drain pump, I ensure that any accumulated pet hair is carefully removed to maintain the efficiency of the machine. Pet hair can easily clog the hoses and affect the performance of your clothes washer.

Here are some tips to help you effectively clean pet hair from your washer:

  • Cleaning pet hair from the hoses:

  • Disconnect the hoses from the washer.

  • Use a lint roller or a damp cloth to remove any visible pet hair.

  • Run water through the hoses to flush out any remaining hair.

  • Removing pet hair from the door seal:

  • Wipe the door seal with a damp cloth to loosen the hair.

  • Use a lint brush or a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove the hair.

  • Rinse the seal with water to remove any remaining hair.

Preventing Future Pet Hair Build-Up

I make sure to regularly groom my pets to minimize the amount of hair they shed in the house. However, despite my best efforts, some pet hair always finds its way onto my clothes and fabrics.

To tackle this issue, I’ve discovered effective pet hair removal techniques for different types of fabric. For clothing made of cotton or polyester, I use a lint roller or a sticky tape to remove the hair.

For more delicate fabrics like silk or wool, I use a damp cloth or a fabric brush to gently brush away the hair.

Additionally, I’ve incorporated some tips into my laundry routine to minimize pet hair. Before washing, I give my clothes a good shake outside to remove loose hair. I also add a fabric softener sheet to the dryer, which helps to attract and collect any remaining pet hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Regular Detergent to Clean Pet Hair From My Clothes Washer?

No, regular detergent is not effective at removing pet hair from a clothes washer. It is recommended to use alternative cleaning agents such as fabric softener to effectively remove pet hair from your clothes washer.

Is It Safe to Use Bleach to Remove Pet Hair From the Drum and Agitator?

Using bleach to remove pet hair from the drum and agitator may be effective, but it can also damage the machine. Consider using vinegar as a safer alternative. Another option is using a lint roller, but it may not be as thorough.

How Often Should I Clean the Filter and Drain Pump to Prevent Pet Hair Build-Up?

I clean the filter and drain pump regularly to prevent pet hair build-up in my clothes washer. It’s an effective way to maintain the machine’s performance and ensure that my clothes come out hair-free.

Can I Use a Vacuum Cleaner to Remove Pet Hair From the Clothes Washer?

Yes, a vacuum cleaner can be used to remove pet hair from the clothes washer, but it has limitations. Alternative methods like using a lint roller or dryer sheets may be more effective in tackling the issue.

What Is the Best Way to Prevent Pet Hair From Clogging the Drain Pump in the Future?

To prevent pet hair from clogging the drain pump in the future, I recommend taking preventive measures such as using a mesh laundry bag or lint trap. Alternatively, you can try using dryer sheets or rubber gloves to remove pet hair before washing.


In conclusion, like a magnet attracting metal shavings, pet hair can find its way into every nook and cranny of your clothes washer. But fear not, with a few simple steps, you can banish pet hair from your machine and keep it running smoothly.

By regularly assessing the situation, preparing the washer, and cleaning the drum, agitator, filter, and drain pump, you can say goodbye to pet hair build-up and hello to fresh, hair-free laundry.