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12 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair from Your Clothes

Nicole Cosgrove

If you own a dog or a cat, you probably noticed that they could leave quite a bit of hair around the house that will get stuck to your clothes. You might not notice it while you’re at home, but a trip to the grocery store or going to work can lead to an embarrassing situation, especially if you’re wearing dark clothes. If you have a hairy pet and want to learn some tricks for keeping the hair off your clothes, we’ve got you covered. Join us while we present to you as many ways as we could find to help you keep the fur off your clothes.


How to Remove Pet Hair from Clothing

1. Wear Light Colored Clothes

Wearing light-colored clothes isn’t really a method for removing fur, but it will go a long way toward hiding it. If you need to make a quick run to the grocery store, we recommend throwing on light-colored clothing. We also recommend light-colored coats and jackets, which are fur magnets and not always easy to keep clean.

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2. Wear the Right Fabric

Wearing the right fabrics or having furniture that uses them can help improve your efforts. Fabrics like denim, rayon, silk, canvas, and leather attract very little fur. Wool, tweed, polyester, velour, corduroy, and many others are fur magnets, and it will be nearly impossible to keep hair off them.

Image Credit: stux, Pixabay

3. Groom the Pet

One of the first things you can do to cut down on fur is to groom your pet more often. There is a wide range of brushes, combs, and de-shedding tools available to help you get the hair off your pet before it winds up on the furniture and your clothes. The more frequently you brush your pet, the better, and it’s especially important in the spring and fall when they shed more often. Starting this process as soon as you get them will help get them used to the idea, and they won’t fight you or run as much.

MalsiPree Pet Grooming Brush

4. Anti Static Spray

The anti-static spray is a great way to prevent the har from getting on your clothes in the first place. It can also help release the hair from some fabrics and make it easier to remove. Putting anti-static spray on your clothing can also help minimize electric shocks you get when you pet your dog or cat and will cut down on electric shocks in general.

Sprayway SW956R Residue-Free Anti-Static Spray

5. Wet Hands

One of the easiest things you can do to remove hair from your clothing is to use a damp hand. After wetting your hand, use it in a downward motion over your clothing to remove the hair. Repeat when your hand becomes dry. Hair absorbs moisture and gets heavier, so it’s easier to remove. The best part about this trick is it doesn’t cost anything, and you can do it each time you wash your hands throughout the day.

wet hands
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6. Sticky Rollers

Sticky rollers are probably the best way to remove lint. You roll this device over your clothes and furniture, and it sticks to the surface. Some brands have a rubbery surface that you wash off to reset, while other brands use sheets of tape that you pull off as you go. We prefer the tape kind because it seems to work a little better, but it is a bit more wasteful, and you will need to replace the rolls. The rubber ones never need replacing and create no waste.

Frisco Cat & Dog Hair Lint Roller

7. Lint Brush

The lint brush is also an effective way to remove pet hair from your clothing. This tool uses a special fabric to pull the hair from the fabric. Lint brushes never need replacing and create no waste, but it doesn’t work so well for long hair animals. It’s also not as effective at removing hair from furniture.

Evercare Magik Brush

8. Duct Tape

Duct tape is the poor man’s sticky roller because many people already have some in the home. However, it can get expensive quickly if you need to remove fur from your clothes every day to go to work. To use duct tape to remove fur, you will wrap a strip of it around your hand, so the sticky side faces out, essentially creating a sticky roller. Pat your clothing with your hand, and it will pick up the fur.

3 Pack Duct Tape, Tear by Hand Design

9. Dishwashing Gloves

Rubber dishwashing gloves are another effective way to get fur off your clothing. A damp rubber glove will create static as you move it over your clothing, and the hair will stick to it. This method creates no waste, and it will also be effective on furniture. Unfortunately, it’s not as effective as the sticky tape.

Dishwashing Gloves

10. Wash

Washing your clothes can be an effective way to remove the hair from your clothing. Once your clothes are clean, you can hang them using dry cleaner bags to prevent them from picking up more hair before you wear them. The downside to this method is that it takes time and isn’t an option for getting the hair off your clothes.

50 Packs Disposable Clear Garment Bags Dry Cleaning Laundrette Polythylene Garment Clothes Cover Protector Bags

11. Dryer

If you are in a hurry, one method you can try is putting the clothes in a dryer. Set the dryer on low heat and place microfiber dishcloths inside with your clothes. The microfiber material will attract the fur and pull it from your clothes.

Top Performance Microfiber Pet Towel

12. Vacuum

The vacuum may not be the best option for the clothes you are wearing, but it’s essential for reducing the amount of fur in general. Vacuum your home as often as possible, paying special attention to the furniture you sit on to help keep the hair at a minimum. Most of the fur on our clothes comes from sitting.

Dyson V6
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Having fur on our clothing is one of the trade-offs we make as a pet owner, and no one with a dog or cat will shame you if you have some pet hair on your coat. However, if you have an important meeting or outing and don’t want to be embarrassed, the tips on this list can help. We recommend the sticky rollers for best results, followed by the lint brush and duct tape. If you have a few minutes, the dryer and some microfiber cloths will amaze you at their effectiveness, unless your clothing is microfiber.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over these tips and have found some new ideas to try out. If you know other people with pets, please share these 12 ways to remove pet hair from your clothing on Facebook and Twitter.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.