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Easy Pet Hair Removal Trick

Let it be known:  I love my pets, but I absolutely can’t stand the fur that they shed in their wake.  And because I love mutts, I’ll most likely never have a fur-free household, so I ‘m always on the hunt for little tricks to help me deal.

When it comes to removing fur from carpets and furniture, we love our Bissel vacuum, because it has a handy mini-rotating brush that grabs all the fur.  However, I sometimes want to just remove hair from a chair without going to the effort of retrieving the vacuum, turning it on, and turning my older dog to a trembling, terrified nervous wreck.

My cats seem to have a thing for the chair in my studio.    Unfortunately for them, it’s my cozy spot, the place I go to curl up and snag a few moments of much-needed relaxation each day.  The place where I sit to watch Desperate Housewives on Monday nights (via Hulu).  Hence, it’s a quite important seat and the cats get dislocated from it often.

Easy Pet Hair Removal

So what do I do when my precious chair looks like it’s grown a coat of its own?

This photo doesn’t do the fur justice. 

Enter the rubber glove, a fur-fighter’s best friend.

Rubber glove?  Yep.  Here’s how you do it:

1.  Put on a rubber glove.

2.  Run your hand over the furniture, only going in one direction.   The fur will start to ball up.

3.  Repeat until all the fur has balled up and fallen off.  (This only takes a minute or so.)

4.  Pick up the clumps of hair and throw them out.

5.  If you’re not feeling too lazy, put the glove away.

This is really what it looked like after I was done “gloving” it.

6.  Grab a drink, play a movie on Netflix, and sink down into your hair-free chair  saying   “ahhhh.”

This works way better than any lint roller or other store-bought fur-removal gadget I’ve ever tried. Unfortunately the glove doesn’t take the purplish tint out of my supposedly-brown chair.  But that’s a topic for another day.  PSST:  Don’t forget to enter our 2011 Redneck Yard of the Year contest!

Do you have any fur-fighting tricks you’d like to share?

PSST:  Don’t forget to enter our 2011 Redneck Yard of the Year contest!

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  • Reply LifeinRehab at 5:43 pm

    We just vacuum all the time. We saw a contraption once at Bloodbath and Beyond that was used to actually vacuum the pet itself, with an ecstatic looking dog and cat in the commercial on the little TV on the end cap. I suspected doggie downers. I wasn’t buying into it.

    • Reply Christina Leaman at 11:32 pm

      I saw that too. I want to know what cat is going to let you do that!

  • Reply mikalah at 5:44 pm

    I feel like you have been reading my mind… I love my little kitty, but the clumps of super-fine kitty hair that she leaves all over are NOT cute. I will have to try this! Thanks for the tip! Let us know if you find any more ways to cut down on the pet hair. =)

  • Reply Loren at 6:23 pm

    We just use the metal pronged cat brush on the chairs. It works like a boss picking up all those stray hairs. Kitty will also come over and demand to be brushed.

  • Reply Anonymous at 7:46 pm

    Our little pooch is allowed on the couch, it is the sort of nubby micro fiber. Nothing but a lint roller seems to work, we now own a gigantic lint roller. I have even tried the rubber glove trick. We had the couch long before the dog, but more likely the couch will get replaced sooner rather then later. That black rug in the spare bedroom isn’t very good at hiding pet hair either. I laugh to hubbs saying they are hangovers from our ‘pre pet’ couple days.

  • Reply Anonymous at 10:52 pm

    I use the rubba-scrubba from Flylady 🙂 It’s the same concept as the rubber gloves, only in pointy brush form. My sofas have deep crevices that my fat nubby fingers can’t reach into, but the brush can.

  • Reply Anonymous at 4:38 pm

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU! Can’t wait to try this. I could make enough sweaters to clothe a small village out of the amount of fur the dog and cat leave around the house.

  • Reply Cait @ Hernando House at 11:33 pm

    I so need to try this on the chair that Dots has claimed.

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