Spring cleaning? Here's how to get rid of stubborn pet hair

Don't let your pets ruin your home

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Spring! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming—and your pets have been stuck inside all winter, shedding the whole time. You've got to clean up all that pet hair—but sometimes a lint roller or vacuum cleaner just won't get the job done.

Fear not, we have some hot tips on how to get fur off of your couches, carpets, and car—all without the use of harsh or expensive chemicals.

Give your couch the rubber glove treatment

Rubber Glove
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A great way to get pet hair off of couches is to use a rubber glove.

Whether your pets couch surf while you're not at home, or just shed on long car trips, there's a better solution than covering up your upholstery with ugly covers. Just bust out the same rubber gloves you wear when you wash the dishes.

Thanks to the unique texture of a rubber glove, all you need to do is run your gloved hands all over your couch or car seats. When you're done, you can brush the hair off the gloves and right into the trash.

Buy Playtex Hand Saver dishwashing gloves for $11.35 at Amazon.com

Pumice rocks the fur away

Pumice
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Pumice stones are a great way to get pet hair out of carpets.

If there's a spot where your cat or dog loves to settle down, it's probably caked in hair. When that hair is matted so hard it's impossible to remove with a vacuum, try scraping a pumice stone over the area. The scratchy texture of pumice helps lift hair out of the carpet's loops. In addition to carpets, this solution works wonders in your car, too.

You could buy a stone that's specially made for removing pet hair, or just buy a generic four pack for the same price.

Buy the Fur-Zoff pumice pet hair remover for $12.05 at Amazon.com

Let your dryer do the work for you

Dryer Balls
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Your dryer might be your best friend when it comes to getting pet hair out of your clothes.

Throwing your clothes into the dryer with a bunch of dryer sheets is one way to get unwanted pet hair off your shirts, blouses, pants, and even your socks. However, dryer sheets actually have some pretty harsh chemicals in them.

That's why we like the Dryer Maid Ball. When the balls tumble in the dryer, they create static electricity that attracts pet hair off your clothes. There are a lot of dryer balls on the market, but user reviews for the Dryer Maid brand are largely positive.

Buy Dryer-Maid Balls for $16.99 at Amazon.com

The Furminator is out there

The Furminator—Large Dog Version
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You could also address the problem at the source. Good grooming can keep your pet from shedding, which is why so many cat and dog owners are fans of the Furminator.

This brush is designed to pass through an animal's top coat while gently removing loose hair from its undercoat. Its creators claim that it can reduce shedding by up to 90 percent—which will cut down on the amount of hair that ends up on your upholstery and carpets. If you have a cat, it can also cut down on hairballs!

Buy a Furminator for Cats for $34.22 at Amazon.com
Buy a Furminator for Dogs for $34.75 at Amazon.com

Upgrade your vacuum

If you own a pet, you should also own a good vacuum. At Reviewed.com, we've tested hundreds of vacuums over the past five years, and we think the Kenmore 81614 is the best choice for cleaning pet hair.

Because it's a canister vacuum—with a long hose that accepts specialty attachments—it's easier to clean curtains and upholstery. One of those attachments, the Pet PowerMate, is a tiny powered brush that can agitate fur and hair out of fabrics and carpet—even in places other vacuums wouldn't fit.

Buy a Kenmore 81614 vacuum at Sears for $269.99

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