18 products that actually remove pet hair
Double down on the pet hair that's taken over your home
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Pet hair is pretty much the bane of my existence at this point. Sometimes I look around my apartment and wonder how my dog (and cat) have any fur left on their bodies, because there’s definitely a whole animal’s worth of hair stuck to the couch, rug, bedding, and all my clothing.
If you too are sick of having pet fur on every visible surface—as well as in your food, stuck in your boyfriend’s beard, and haunting your dreams—the good news is that there’s hope. There are a wide range of products designed to help remove pet hair from your home, and if you’re ready to win the fight against pet hair, here are some of the best products to ensure you come out victorious.
1. A top-rated brush to manage your dog’s undercoat
If you’ve ever shopped for a dog brush, chances are you’ve heard of the Furminator. This popular brush has a cult following, thanks to its ability to pull out all the loose hair from your dog’s undercoat. It has a curved edge so it's more comfortable for your pooch, and its special teeth remove undercoat hair without damaging the top coat. If you use it regularly, chances are you’ll have significantly less hair rolling around your home.
2. A cheap rubber brush to get hair off furniture
Speaking of the dog hair that’s all over your house, you can rake up all that pesky fur using this affordable rubber brush. It’s nothing special—just a handheld brush with rubber bristles—but its electrostatic material attracts hair and fur like a magnet, helping to pull it up out of carpets and off furniture. Plus, because it’s made of rubber, it won’t scratch your floors or belongings.
3. This cool gadget to get hair out of tight spots
If you’ve ever tried to clean the dog hair out of your car, you know it’s incredibly frustrating trying to get fur out of nooks and crannies. The Lilly Brush Mini is ideal for this purpose, as it has rubber edges that let you get into tight spots. You can use it on car upholstery, carpets, couches, comforters, clothes, and more, and it’s compact enough to store in your purse so it’s always nearby.
4. Shampoo to help control shedding
No one likes a stinky dog, and you can leave your pup smelling fresh and shedding less with this special shed control shampoo. The formula is designed to neutralize odors while it cleans your dog’s skin and coat, and it helps to maintain normal shedding. The shampoo smells like plum hibiscus, and reviewers say it’s surprisingly effective for both odor and shed control.
5. This cult-favorite pet hair roller
I don’t know what I’d do without my ChomChom, honestly. This little roller seems quite simple, but it’s incredibly effective at quickly pulling pet hair off furniture, bedding, and even clothing. All you do is roll it back and forth in short strokes, and it pulls up fur like a magnet! Plus, you can empty and reuse it an endless number of times.
6. An extra-large lint roller for furniture and floors
Chances are that you have one (or more) lint rollers to de-hair your clothing before you leave the house, and now you can also have a super-sized lint roller to de-hair other objects too. This large-surface lint roller is ideal for use on furniture, stairs, and other hair-covered areas, thanks to its 10-inch wide roll and extra-sticky surface. It’s great for quick touch-ups before company arrives or even just everyday maintenance.
7. This popular handheld “pet hair eraser” vacuum
With a name like the Pet Hair Eraser, you know this vacuum has to be good! The handheld vacuum from Bissell comes with two specialized nozzles—one for picking up dry messes like cat litter, and another one with rubber bristles to collect hair from furniture, stairs, and more. It may be small, but reviewers say this vacuum packs a powerful punch, helping to loosen up hair from fabric and suck it up for good.
8. One of my all-time favorite brushes for undercoat removal
I’ve tried every style of brush on my golden retriever, and to date, this one is my favorite. This undercoat rake does an unbeatable job pulling out all the loose hair from her undercoat, and its two-sided design lets you first work out any mats before doing more concentrated brushing. Any time I use this brush, I come away with huge piles of fur that would otherwise end up on my couch or bed.
9. A top-rated robot vacuum that empties itself
If you’re serious about keeping your home as hair-free as humanly possible, you’re going to have to vacuum several times a week—if not every day. To this end, I’d highly recommend a robot vacuum, and it’s no secret that I absolutely love my Roomba i7+. (Her name is Ruby.) You can put this robot vacuum on a schedule, even selecting specific rooms/areas for it to clean, and if it ever gets too full of pet hair, it will navigate back to its base to empty itself out before resuming cleaning. Yes, it’s pricey, but honestly, I maintain that it’s worth it.
10. A rubber broom to clean your carpets
A broom? For carpets? This logic might seem a little backwards, but this particular broom is made from rubber, which is one of the best materials for trapping pet hair. The broom has rubber bristles on one side and a squeegee edge on the other, and its electrostatic magic will pull deeply embedded hair out of your carpets. You can also use it to collect hair off hard floors!
11. Chewable supplements to boost your dog’s coat
Your dog will think they’re getting a reward when you bring out these tasty chews, but only you’ll know that they’re helping to minimize shedding! The chewable supplements contain salmon oil, dried yeast, zinc, and more, and they have a natural hickory smoke flavor that your dog will drool over. All the nutrients will help to achieve a soft, shiny coat and support normal shedding—your furniture will thank you!
12. A super-powerful vacuum designed with pets in mind
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 is another one of my must-have hair-fighting tools. I’ve owned this vacuum for several years, and while you might baulk at the high price tag, I promise it works infinitely better than cheap vacuums. This upright vacuum has incredibly powerful suction, pulling up hair from carpets that you didn’t even know was there, and I love its “tangle-free turbine” tool, which is great for upholstery and never gets clogged with hair.
13. A sneaky brush that your pets won’t even notice
If your dog or cat doesn’t like to be brushed, you might find it hard to groom them regularly. However, you can try to be sneaky about it with this brush-slash-glove combo, which allows you to gather up loose hair while petting them! The glove features little rubber nubs that capture loose fur as you stroke your pet. Don’t believe it works? Just look at all the unbelievable pictures in the reviews, and you’ll be a convert.
14. This nifty fur remover you’ve probably seen on social media
There were several weeks when I couldn’t scroll through Instagram or Facebook without getting an ad for one of these devices. This unique style of hair remover works similarly to a lint brush, so you just swipe it across clothing or furniture to capture rogue fur. It comes with a self-cleaning base, too—just insert the brush into the holster then pull it out again, and it will be as good as new. It’s a cool design, especially for those who go through lint rollers like candy.
15. A set of dryer balls to help de-fur your laundry
Dryer balls are pretty cool—they’re essentially just wool balls that you throw in with your laundry, and they help to dry your clothes faster. The balls also help to fluff and soften garments, and they’re a great alternative to dryer sheets. Plus, as an added bonus, they can also help loosen up the pet fur that’s worked its way into your clothing, helping your wardrobe to come out hair free!
16. A nutritional supplement to help control shedding
In addition to using specialized tools to remove hair from your home, you can also go right to the root of the problem—your precious pooch! This nutritional supplement contains a mixture of essential omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to support optimal skin and coat health, and after three to four weeks of use, your dog will have a healthier coat and reduced shedding. It sounds too good to be true, but reviewers swear it works!
17. Delicious-smelling conditioner that helps to minimize shedding
Here’s another popular product to use when grooming your dog! This deshedding dog conditioner smells like lime and cocoa butter—yum!—and it helps to nourish your pup’s skin and coat with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. The cocoa butter also replenishes moisture in the skin and fur, helping to minimize shedding. And, of course, your dog will smell great, which is always a plus.
18. This scary-looking brush that dogs actually love
At first glance, this dog brush looks like some sort of weapon, but it works, I promise. The dual-sided stainless steel blade has coarse teeth on one side for removing excess hair and finer teeth on the other side for smoothing your dog’s coat. Surprisingly, many dogs actually loved to be groomed using this tool, and I have a friend who swears by this brush for her German Shepherd.
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