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How to Get Pet Hair off in the Wash

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As a pet owner, I know the struggle of trying to get pet hair off everything, especially in the wash. But fear not, I’ve got you covered!

In this article, I’ll share my tried and true methods for banishing pet hair from your laundry.

From preparing the laundry to choosing the right washing machine settings and using specialized pet hair removal products, I’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to ensure a pet hair-free finish.

Key Takeaways

  • Group dirty laundry by color and fabric type to prevent color bleeding and damage to delicate items.
  • Use specialized pet hair removal products such as lint rollers, sticky tape, rubber gloves, and fabric softener sheets.
  • Choose the right washing machine settings including water temperature, rinse cycle, and spin speed to effectively remove pet hair.
  • Take additional steps such as pre-soaking laundry in a mixture of water and white vinegar, shaking out garments before washing, and using dryer sheets to ensure a pet hair-free finish.

Preparing the Laundry

I’ll start by gathering all the dirty laundry and sorting it by color and fabric type. Proper laundry sorting is crucial to ensure effective pet hair removal. Grouping similar colors together prevents color bleeding, and sorting by fabric type prevents damage to delicate items.

When it comes to pet hair removal techniques, there are a few options to consider. First, using a lint roller or sticky tape can help remove loose pet hair from clothing. Additionally, pre-soaking the laundry in a mixture of water and white vinegar can help loosen stubborn pet hair before washing. Another effective method is to add a dryer sheet to the dryer, which helps attract and capture pet hair during the drying process.

Choosing the Right Washing Machine Settings

It’s important to select the appropriate washing machine settings to effectively remove pet hair during the cycle. Here are three key settings to consider:

  1. Water Temperature: Use warm or hot water to help loosen and dissolve the pet hair. Cold water may not be as effective in removing stubborn fur.

  2. Extra Rinse Cycle: Adding an extra rinse cycle can help ensure that all pet hair is thoroughly rinsed out of your laundry. This prevents any stray hairs from sticking to your clothes during the drying process.

  3. High Spin Speed: Opt for a high spin speed to help remove as much pet hair as possible before transferring the clothes to the dryer. The centrifugal force will help fling off the hair, leaving your clothes cleaner and less prone to shedding.

Using Specialized Pet Hair Removal Products

Using a lint roller on my clothes is a quick and effective way to remove pet hair. However, there are alternative methods and DIY solutions that can also be quite effective in tackling this pesky problem.

One option is to use a rubber glove. Simply dampen the glove and then run your hand over the surface of your clothes, upholstery, or bedding. The pet hair will stick to the glove, making it easy to remove.

Another DIY solution is to use a fabric softener sheet. Rubbing the sheet over your clothes will help loosen and attract the pet hair, making it easier to remove in the wash.

These alternative methods can be a cost-effective and convenient way to keep your clothes free from pet hair.

Additional Tips for Removing Pet Hair in the Wash

When washing my clothes, I find that adding a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle helps to remove any remaining pet hair. In addition to this method, there are other alternative methods you can try to prevent pet hair buildup in your laundry.

Here are three practical tips to help you tackle this issue:

  1. Pre-wash: Before throwing your clothes in the washing machine, give them a quick pre-wash by using a lint roller or a sticky tape to remove any loose pet hair.

  2. Dryer sheets: Toss a couple of dryer sheets into the dryer with your clothes. The anti-static properties of the sheets will help to loosen and remove pet hair.

  3. Rubber gloves: Put on a pair of rubber gloves and dampen them slightly. Then, rub your hands over the clothes to gather the pet hair. The rubber will attract the hair, making it easier to remove.

Ensuring a Pet Hair-Free Finish

To achieve a pet hair-free finish, I always make sure to follow these practical tips for removing any remaining hair from my clothes.

First, when washing my clothes, I add a fabric softener sheet to the dryer. This helps to loosen the pet hair and prevent it from sticking to my clothes.

Additionally, I make sure to shake out each garment before placing it in the washer. This helps to dislodge any loose pet hair that may be clinging to the fabric.

Lastly, I regularly clean the lint trap in my dryer to ensure that any pet hair that has been removed from my clothes doesn’t end up back on them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Regular Laundry Detergent to Remove Pet Hair in the Wash?

Yes, regular laundry detergent alone may not effectively remove pet hair in the wash. However, using dryer sheets or alternative laundry detergents specifically designed for pet hair removal can help eliminate the problem.

What Should I Do if My Washing Machine Doesn’t Have a Pet Hair Removal Setting?

If my washing machine doesn’t have a pet hair removal setting, I can still tackle the problem. I could use lint rollers or try alternative methods like using rubber gloves or damp sponges to remove the pet hair from my clothes.

Can I Use Fabric Softener to Help Remove Pet Hair From Clothes in the Wash?

Yes, fabric softener can help remove pet hair from clothes in the wash. However, there are alternative methods such as using dryer sheets or a lint roller before washing.

Are There Any Natural Remedies or Homemade Solutions to Remove Pet Hair in the Wash?

There are homemade remedies and alternative solutions to remove pet hair in the wash. I know a few tricks that can help you. Let me share some practical tips to get rid of pet hair easily.

How Often Should I Wash My Pet’s Bedding to Keep Pet Hair Under Control?

To keep pet hair under control, I wash my pet’s bedding once a week. I’ve found that using dryer sheets or adding a quarter cup of white vinegar to the wash helps prevent pet hair from sticking to clothes.


To ensure a pet hair-free finish in the wash, it’s essential to prepare the laundry properly, choose the right washing machine settings, and use specialized pet hair removal products.

Additionally, following a few additional tips such as using dryer sheets or a lint roller can help eliminate any stubborn pet hair.

Did you know that on average, a dog can shed up to 50 pounds of hair in a year? Imagine the difference a thorough wash can make in keeping your clothes and linens hair-free!