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10 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Laundry

Nicole Cosgrove

We love our pets, even though they shed. How else can you explain the fact that over 63 million American households have invited a dog into their homes? But finding hair everywhere — even in your food — isn’t pleasant. Of course, some canines shed more than others. Some, such as Poodles, Maltese, and the Bichon Frise, hardly shed at all. Others like Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds shed a lot! Even the American Kennel Club’s most popular breeds, the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd Dog, rank high on the list of shedders. Our guide will give you practical advice about managing your pet’s shedding and how to get it off your clothes and furniture.

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Before You Start

A dog’s coat varies with the breed. Pups from northern areas, such as the Siberian Husky, have two layers. There is a soft shorter coat next to their skin and an outer layer of guard hairs. Unfortunately, they shed them both seasonally. These two coats have different textures, calling for two plans of attack to manage them.

We first must discuss what is normal shedding and what is not. The dog’s individual hairs grow continually, so blowing their coat doesn’t result in bare patches. It may seem less thick, but you should never see bare skin.

Several things can cause patches to occur, such as food allergies. A dog may scratch their ears or lick their paws constantly, pulling out hairs in the process. A nutritionally poor diet can also lead to excessive hair loss. The best way to diagnose and treat a dog whose fur is coming away in patches is by changing their food.

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Another common cause of patchy fur is fleas. Some dogs are fiercely allergic to the pest’s saliva, making using a preventive product imperative.

Other potential problems include:

  • Allergies, such as to dust mites
  • Stress
  • Internal parasites
  • Other skin conditions, such as mange
  • Chronic GI issues

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, make sure to add a visit to the vet before getting started on your action plan for removing pet hair from your laundry.

Our guide includes a two-part strategy.


Dealing With the Laundry

You’ll need to do the following steps every time you do the wash. Think of it as a routine instead of a one-time solution. Luckily, it will be easier and quicker the next time you have to do laundry.

1. Remove as Much Hair From the Items as Possible.

The last thing you want to do is to compound the problem by taxing your washer and dryer. Use a lint roller or even masking tape to get as much hair off your clothes as possible. Getting rid of the excess will make your washer and dryer more effective at taking care of the rest.

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2. Wash Your Items as Normal.

We suggest using a laundry detergent that has a fabric softener included in the formula. That will help loosen any stray hairs that are still sticking to your clothes. You can also place a hair removal tool in the washer to get rid of even more hair. These products help remove hairs by increasing the agitation of the appliance.

3. Prepare Your Laundry for the Dryer.

Put the hair removal tool in the dryer if you used one in the washer. Alternatively, add a damp microfiber towel to the load. We also suggest using two dryer sheets to increase the anti-static action. It’ll make your clothes softer too.

4. Follow Up With the Lint Roller Again.

Some textured materials are notorious for hanging onto dog hair. You’ll find it helpful to run the lint roller over them again. You can also shake them outside. Rinse and repeat.

Getting Hair Under Control in the Rest of the House

The best way to manage hair from a shedding pet is to take care of the sources. These steps will help prevent getting hair on your laundry in the first place.

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5. Vacuum the Carpets.

Vacuuming regularly is always a smart idea. It’s even more essential with pets. Make sure to pay attention to corners where hair can collect. Empty your vacuum often so it can keep up effectively with the task.

6. Use a Damp Sponge Mop on Tiled or Hardwood Floors.

A damp sponge mop is a hair magnet. You can use it to clean any non-carpeted rooms or areas in your home. Regularly remove hair manually. You can also use a steam mop. Switch out new cleaning cloths as the damp ones get covered in fur.

7. Vacuum the Furniture.

Next up is the furniture. We recommend that you clean the sides and backs of any pieces, which can also collect hair. Follow up by running a damp microfiber cloth over the furniture.

8. Clean Your Dog’s Bed or Blanket.

An excellent and fast way to take care of your dog’s bedding is to let the dryer do the work for you. Run it for about 10 minutes on the fluff cycle. Don’t forget to add a dryer sheet and a damp cloth. The lint trap will undoubtedly catch a great deal of hair the first time that you do this task. After you’ve cleaned it, wipe the inside of the dryer to remove any stray hairs.

9. Run Your Comforter and Blankets in the Dryer.

It’s also a smart idea to do the same thing with bigger items that you don’t wash as often. Hair can collect on your blankets and comforter too, especially if you lay your clothes on top of them.

10. Tackle the Source of the Problem.

All your hard work won’t pay off if you don’t do this last step. It’s essential to keep up with the grooming of your dog by brushing them regularly. It’s an excellent way to stay on top of the problem while bonding with your pet. You’ll find it less of a hassle if you do it every day. It’s also an opportunity to check their nails and ears while you’re at it.

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Final Thoughts About Dealing With Pet Hair

Dealing with pet hair is necessary when you have a dog. However, it doesn’t have to be a chore. The most effective strategy makes routine the best prevention. You’ll keep the problem under control and have less work in the long run. Your pup will also enjoy the extra attention from you, especially if there’s a treat involved in the process.


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.