How to Keep Pet Hair from Taking Over Your House (Again)

Use these simple steps to keep pet hair under control, with tips for removing pet hair from clothes, carpets, floors and furniture. 

keep pet hair under control

1.Schedule Once-a-Week Marathons
Groom your pet, then give your home a thorough dusting, sweeping and vacuuming each and every week.

2. Use these Laundry Tips
Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the wash, and use a dryer sheet in the dryer to help loosen pet hair.

3. Develop a Daily Touch-Up Habit
Try keeping the pet brush or Furminator next to your pet’s bed—seeing it will prompt you to initiate spontaneous grooming sessions.

4. Vacuum More Frequently
Stay on top of any pet hair accumulation with spot vacuuming every few days.

5. Stock Your Arsenal
These tools are key to keeping pet hair under control.

Lint rollers (Spot-clean clothes and upholstery, too)

Squeegee (Great for removing hair from upholstery, especially if unexpected guests are coming)

The Furminator (Hands-down, the most effective pet brush around)

Swiffer (Best for cleaning hard surface floors)

Electrostatic dust cloths (Makes dusting easy)

Dryer sheets (To help pet hair separate from your clothes in the dryer—also useful for dusting!)

6. Consider a Lightweight Vac
If you really want to make your life easier, consider an ultralight upright vacuum. They are lightweight, fun to use (honestly!), and have more suction power than ever. They won’t take the place of your regular vacuum, but they will help you stay on top of the pet hair problem with minimal effort. A great choice at a price just over $100 is the Bissell Lift-Off 2-in-1 Cyclonic Stick. The Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright (HV302) comes with attachments for every job. At the high end, the Dyson V6 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is an ultra powerful cordless model that has nearly enough power to take the place of your regular vac. And, for the ultimate in conveninece, the iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets literally does the job for you, navigating itself across your floors while you tend to other matters.