Tricks to Remove Pet Hair From Your Clothes

Although we love our pets, the hair they shed can be annoying, especially when it sticks to our clothes. Follow these simple tips for removing pet hair from your clothes.
Tricks to Remove Pet Hair From Your Clothes

Last update: 04 May, 2023

If you have a pet, you’ll know that as much as you love and adore them, the hair they shed can be annoying. Moreover, having pet hair stuck to our clothes isn’t nice! However, today we’re going to explain how to remove pet hair from clothes and it’s easier than you might think.

Before we begin, we must stress one point: it’s always best to remove pet hair before you wash your clothes in the machine. This is because pet hair can accumulate in the washing machine filter or pipes and may ultimately damage the appliance.

So, without further ado, start reading and put our tricks to the test. Don’t forget to let us know how it goes!

Tricks to remove pet hair before washing your clothes

As we briefly explained, removing pet hair from clothes before washing is important because otherwise, the fur can accumulate in the washing machine and inside its filters and pipes. To prevent any long or medium-term damage, read our tips below. 

To remove hair from your clothes you can put on a latex glove and let it work its magic.
To remove pet hair from your clothes, use a latex glove and let it work its magic.

1. Use a microfiber cloth

These types of cloths are essential when it comes to cleaning your home. Equally, they’re also useful when it comes to removing pet hair from clothing before washing. All you have to do is moisten the cloth with a splash of water and then wipe it over the clothes to collect any hair.

You’ll notice how the pet hair adheres to the cloth, removing it from your clothes. Moreover, this trick goes both ways. If you put the cloth in the washing machine with your clothes, it’ll trap hair and lint. But here’s a winning tip: use a white microfiber cloth so that the color doesn’t run and affect the tone of your clothes.

2. Wear a rubber glove

Incredibly, rubber or latex gloves are ideal for cleaning your clothes and removing pet hair from them. You just need to put the glove on your hand, moisten it and pass it over the affected clothing.

When the rubber gets wet, it creates a static electricity effect that traps hair with ease. We can’t imagine you’d ever thought of doing this before!

3. Buy a lint roller

If the tricks that we’ve given you so far aren’t working well, you may need to buy a lint roller. This is a special adhesive roll that’ll remove difficult or trapped pet hairs.

These rollers are manufactured specifically for this task and they’re very efficient. However, you can make your own if you haven’t got one at home. To do this, you only need some decorator tape or packing tape and it should be wide enough and firm enough to cover a large area of clothing.

Cut a piece of tape and fold it, so that the adhesive side is on the outside. Then, hold the piece of tape and pass it over your clothes. You’ll soon see how quickly and easily the pet hairs come away. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.

Remove hair when you wash your clothes

Pet hair adheres to clothes so well that no matter how hard you try to remove it before washing, it seems impossible. As such, it’s essential to complement this task by following some of these tricks.

1. Remove pet hair: add vinegar to your laundry

Vinegar is very useful for cleaning the sink trap, among other pipes.
Adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the washing machine goes a long way in removing pet hair from your clothes.

Vinegar is so helpful! It can be used for so many things that it’s not possible to list them all. One of its uses includes removing pet hair from your clothes in the washing machine. Simply add a few tablespoons to the washing machine along with your usual laundry products.

Of course, you must use this liquid in small doses as excessive use could affect the color of your clothes, especially items in dark tones. As an extra point, it’ll also help to disinfect your washing machine!

2. Acquire some hair trap balls

Hair catcher balls work amazingly well. They’re economical too and you’ll enjoy excellent results. Not only do they help to eliminate pet hair from clothes, but also any lint that tends to build up over time.

These elements are usually made from silicone or plastic and their irregular shapes help to trap the hairs. Using them is simple, just put your clothes in the washing machine with the usual laundry products and add the hair trap balls to the drum.

At the end of the washing cycle, you’ll need to clean the ball and let it dry before its next use.

3. Use a cleaning sponge

If you have a spare cleaning sponge among your cleaning supplies, put it in the washing machine with your clothes and watch as it magically traps any pet hair. All you have to do is put the sponge inside the drum so that it can catch the hair during the cycle.

The only recommendation you should follow is that the lighter the laundry load, the greater effect the sponge will have. This works by trapping pet hair during the washing cycle, but its greatest work takes place during the spin cycle. It also helps prevent any pet hair from getting into the filters of the appliance and the pipes.

Which of these tricks will you try?

We’ve shared some easy tricks that we know will work when it comes to removing pet hair from your clothes. Try the ones you consider to be the easiest in order to achieve what you need.

Finally, make sure you clean the filters in your machine after each wash to help extend the life of your appliance.