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As pet owners know, it can be immensely difficult to remove pet hair from your clothing. Cats and dogs have short, pointy hair that seems to be ideally suited for clinging to fabric of all types and colors. A number of products are marketed to help remove pet hair from fabric, and by combining these products with steps to reduce the amount of fur in your life, you can keep your clothing clean and fur-free.
The first step you should take is to remove pet hair from your environment. While shaving your pets might seem like a tempting option, there are less drastic approaches to take. Regular cleaning will assist greatly: sweep hard floors and vacuum carpeting on a frequent basis to take up pet hair and get it out of the house. Use furniture covers to protect your furniture and wash them frequently, especially if your pets are fond of a particular couch or chair.
There are also some measures which can be taken to reduce the amount of hair on your pets themselves. Use a pet hair brush to remove dead hair before it gets a chance to disperse itself around the house. If you have a dog, bathe it frequently to remove dust and hair, which will lead to an overall reduction around the house. If you have a cat, consider using a specially designed pet hair roller directly on your cat to remove loose hair. For large animals like horses, cows, and goats, groom them frequently to reduce the amount of shedding, in addition to using designated “farm” clothes that are not worn indoors.
After you have reduced the amount of pet hair that your clothing can pick up, you can focus on ways to remove it from your clothes. Many companies design lint brushes or hair rollers that can be run over clothing to pick up hair. For a cheaper solution, you can use duct tape or any type of thick, sticky tape to remove pet hair from your clothing. You can also try whacking your more sturdy clothes against a hard surface to remove the hair: beating will loosen trapped hair, and should of course be done outside. You should also wash garments regularly to remove any pet hair.
It is also an excellent idea to hang your clothing or fold it and put it away. Pets often enjoy snuggling with clothing, especially when it is warm and freshly washed. After you have gone to great lengths to remove pet hair from your clothing, do not give your pets an opportunity to cover it in fur again. In addition, try to keep pet clothes separate from regular or dress clothes. If you take your dogs on walks or roughhouse with your cats, use designated clothing that you don't mind getting a bit dirty. When you are ready to go out to work or a social event, pull your hair-free regular clothes out of the closet, and avoid handling your animals after you are dressed.