Pet parents know what we’re talking about – there’s not an outfit you own that doesn’t have dog hair on it. Here’s what you can do to keep that extra layer off your clothes.
If you are a dog owner, you cannot ever truly escape pet hair. Even so-called “non-shed” breeds lose fur to some degree and it often seems like no matter how much or how little your dog sheds, all of the hair ends up on your clothing. We feel for you – that’s why we’ve put together a few practical tips for keeping pet fur off your clothes and for keeping shedding under control.
Keeping Pet Fur Off Clothing
You may not be able to stop your pet from shedding, but there are a few simple things you can do to minimize the amount of pet fur that gets on your clothes.
- Keep your good clothes safely tucked away in a closet with doors and change out of your work clothes as soon as you get home.
- Spray your clothes with anti-static spray – it may not keep the fur off completely but it can help to reduce the amount of fur that sticks to your clothes.
- There are many different dryer sheets on the market (like Bounce) that promise to remove pet fur from clothes. As well, you can add a product such as the Dryer Maid Ball along with your laundry to take pesky hair off your favorite outfits.
- Stick to smooth fabrics – soft or plush fabrics like wool sweaters and sweatpants tend to attract more fur than smoother materials.
- Keep a lint roller near the door so, in case you attract some pet hair while walking through the house, you can remove it right before you head out the door.
- Be mindful about your color choices for clothing – dark colors like navy or black tend to show pet hair more than lighter colors like tan or grey.
- Use slipcovers on furniture that you sit on, such as couches or chairs. That way, you can wash them once a week to remove unwanted fur that sticks to clothes when you sit down.
Tips for Keeping Shedding Under Control
If you truly want to minimize the amount of pet hair that gets on your clothing, your best bet is to take simple steps to reduce the amount your pet sheds.
- Give your pet a quick brushing every day (or at least a few times a week) to remove dead hair before it falls off – do this outside or in the garage, if you can.
- For double-coated breeds, use an undercoat rake to remove fur before it can be shed – most double-coated breeds “blow” their coats once or twice a year so it is especially important to brush them during these periods.
- Give your dog a high-quality pet food – the quality of your pet’s food will impact the health of his coat so feeding him a high-quality diet could help reduce shedding.
- Sweep and vacuum your floors often to avoid a build-up of hair that results in tufts and balls of hair wafting around the room.
- Bathe your dog occasionally, especially during the summer – not only will this improve the health of your dog’s skin and coat, but it may also help to keep shedding under control.
- Use the right tools when brushing or grooming your dog – there are different brushes for different types and lengths of hair so make sure you use the right tool for the job.
Dealing with pet hair is just another part of being a pet owner… but when you’re covered in it, it doesn’t necessarily make a good impression on people at work or in social situations. Keeping on top of the problem is the best way to keep fur off of your clothes so you can always look your best.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.