How To Remove Pet Hair From Clothing In The Wash?


How do you remove pet hair and lint from tee shirts and tops in the washing?

Taylor's answer:

Thanks for asking me this laundry question.

There are lots of ways to remove hair shed by your pets, including both cats and dogs, from clothing.

Just washing cotton and polyester fabric will generally remove most pet hair.

However, if you wash certain fabrics, such as flannel and other fabric that has lots of static cling you will notice that the hair will just embed further if you wash and dry it. This is why it is often difficult to get pet hair off blankets, for example.

You can pick hair off with your fingers, of course, but this can take quite a bit of time and unless you are very patient you may not get it all. Certainly, you can't pick it off as fast as it gets on there, typically.

Therefore, one of the best ways to remove it is to use a pet hair lint roller (such as the Scotch pet hair roller, or a dry sponge, to help pick up the pet hair before you wash it.

You can read reviews of pet hair removers here, to find one that will work well for you.

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You should also shake out all clothing out before you wash it, and also once it comes out of the wash and before you put it in the dryer.

Further, if you reduce static cling this will also help remove pet hair from your clothing, because it will loosen it from the clothing and let the washing machine and dryer remove it from the clothing. Therefore, use both liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets.

If you're looking for something a bit more natural, you can use a rinse of vinegar when washing clothes, which also can help loosen both lint and pet hair from clothing.

You can see more laundry uses for vinegar here:

Top 7 uses for vinegar for laundry

Finally, wipe out your washing machine and clean out the lint trap of your dryer after you wash clothing full of pet hair, to remove any from the machines and keep it from getting on subsequent loads of laundry.

Those are some of my tips for how to remove pet hair from clothing in the wash. Does anyone else have any other tips that work well for you? If so, please share your ideas in the comments.

I've answered this question as part of my laundry questions section of this site. You can ask me your own questions there, or see what else I've already answered.

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My Secret: Duct Tape & Damp Washcloth

by SewGirlJudy
(Lovely Columbiaville, MI)

Judy shared her secrets for removing pet hair from clothes.

SewGirlJudy says:

Yep, that's what I use.

I wrap the duct tape sticky side out around my hand loosely and push pull repeatedly turning the tape as necessary.

It works best for loose weave like felted wool and sweaters.

Smooth fabrics respond quite well with a damp terry washcloth.

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Taylor says:

duct tape uses around your home
Thanks so much for sharing these simple but effective home remedies for getting up cat or dog fur.

I would love to hear from even more people sharing their tips and tricks for cleaning up this sometimes pesky problem. You can share your remedies and tips here, and I'll add them to the site.

In addition, did you know there are lots of uses for duct tape around your home. I've started collecting the ones people have shared with me. You can click here to read more uses, or share your own.

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embedded pet hair in clothes
by: Anonymous

I have tried all of these and still have embedded pet hair in my clothes. My clothing is mostly black and since I bought a high efficiency washer my clothes are not getting as clean as they did with my regular washer. My clothing is mainly polyester as they are all workout gear and now I have pet hair that will not come off. Any other suggestions? Help!!!!!

3 steps
by: Anonymous

Three simple steps:

1. Air dry.

2. Wash with softener.

3. Dry with Bounce sheets.

Oh, and brush your pet daily. Cool site!

micro sheets are the worst
by: Sherry

I find that the micro sheets are the worst. After washing and drying them you end up with two complete layers - the fabric and a whole layer of cat fur. We almost choke to death on the fur!

turn your clothes inside out prior to drying
by: Anonymous

I had this problem for years growing up with pets. Finally, my grandmother (who owned a high-end women's boutique) showed me to turn the clothing inside out prior to drying. Such a simple thing!

This removes the vast majority of hair from a black pant or sweatshirt.

Hair free and carefree.

EEEW, That Cat Hair
by: grandmadiana

I have two hooks on my bathroom wall....I simply hang my black pants up by the belt loops and take my hand sprayer and hose them down with the pulse setting before laundering. Works wonders.

Removing pet hair from delicate laundry in the wash
by: Anonymous

Most delicate laundry is not put in the dryer so softener sheets aren't a choice. Also most delicates will shrink if you add fabric softener to the wash. What do you recommend in this situation?

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