8 Items I Use Every Day for Pet Hair Removal Because My Dog Is a Shedding Nightmare
As much as I love her, I deeply regret letting my dog jump on the couch. Not only does her hair get all over my tufted velvet cushions, but it really sets off my allergies. And let’s be honest, I have no control over Dapper Dan (my cat). Thankfully, there are plenty of pet hair removal products that address this issue—some better than others. Here are the eight things that I use practically every day in the endless battle against shedding and molting. Here’s to no more sneezing!
For Preventative Measures
1. Zesty Paws Pure Salmon Oil Skin & Coat Support Dog & Cat Supplement
If your pet is itchy, scratchy and suffering from dry skin, this might be a smart addition to their meals. You can’t completely stop pet shedding, but you can help calm it down with supplements like this oil that’s rich in Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. It not only supports your pet’s skin and coat but also helps their hips and joints, heart and immune system. Plus, it’s so tasty that even picky eaters (both dogs and cats) glop it up. Per one Chewy reviewer, “I have a pit with severe allergies [who’s] always itching with hot spots and red skin. After research I bought a small bottle and tried it and I am on my third bottle. His skin is softer and NO ITCHING OR RED SKIN!!!” Sold.
2. FURminator deShedding Edge Dog Brush
This grooming brush gets through your pooch’s topcoat to gently remove loose hair and undercoat, without hurting or scratching his skin. Regularly brushing your dog improves their health and hygiene and is actually an opportune bonding time—so use this on the regular and you’ll not only reduce loose hair from shedding up to 90 percent, but you’ll become even closer with your furry pal. Aw.
3. FURminator deShedding Edge Cat Brush
You can also use grooming time to bond with your cat (if they let you). Plus, making a habit of brushing means Mr. Foxy will look better, smell fresher and have a healthier coat. One Chewy reviewer wrote, “One of our short hair cats has really thick fur. It has been difficult to groom her effectively with a regular wire pet brush. The FURminator has been a game changer! She loves the way it feels, and we are very happy with the results! Pro tip: Have the vacuum ready for the cleanup after :)” Might we suggest the Bissel Pet Eraser? (See number six, below!)
4. Reusable Rubber Latex Gloves
When you don a pair of these gloves and rub them over your couch or other upholstered furniture (a pet hair hotspot), hair and lint sticks to them. Why? Simply because you created static. You can even wet the gloves, to make them even more effective at attracting hair. Just rinse after and reuse them when it’s time to collect fur again.
5. eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition
If you have a lot of fur to suck up, you need a lot of suction, and the eufy Pet Edition is built for exactly that. This Wi-Fi connected vacuum moves from carpet to tile to wood entirely on its own. Set it to clean while you’re sleeping or at work, and your place will be spick-and-span without you having to lift a finger. Just make sure your pets are well-aquainted with this little robot before you leave them alone with your new RoboVac—it’s always tough bringing home a new family member.
6. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Handheld Vacuum
For the hard-to-reach areas—like between the couch cushions or your car seats—this $31 handheld tool is our go-to. It comes with two nozzles: one for picking up dry messes (like your cat litter or dog food) and a contoured comb for hair and dirt. Check and check.
7. Chom Chom Pet Hair Remover Roller
This is not your average lint roller. The ChomChom Roller creates an electrostatic static charge as it rolls and immediately attracts pet hair—no sticky tape or power source required. Plus, it’s 100 percent reusable, which comes in handy when spring shedding season rolls around again. As one Chewy user noted, “After the first swipe I literally gasped…I have a corgi and corgis shed between 40 to 50 lbs. of hair per day...at least it feels that way. The ChomChom gobbled up the hair better than my vacuum with a rotating brush did.”
8. NiceDay Organic Wool Dryer Balls
Dryer sheets are effective at removing hair from your laundry, but they have lots of chemicals in them which can irritate skin and impact the environment in a negative way. These dryer balls, however, made of 100 percent New Zealand wool, are reusable and great for folks with sensitive skin as they have no chemicals, no odor and are fragrant-free. In addition to getting your pup’s hair off sweatshirts and leggings, they reduce static, wrinkles and drying time and make your clothes softer.