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Laundry tips for pet owners, including how to remove fur from your washer and dryer! 

Posted: December 6, 2023

Photo of young female in front of washer & dryer with her dog.

Pets are cherished members of our families. Whether you own a whole lot of them or have a single dog or cat, you know that their muddy paws and fur can get everywhere- even on your clothes! Our next blog post will provide some laundry tips for pet owners, including how to remove fur from your washer and dryer! 

Cleaning Advice

  1. Invest in Lint Rollers and Brushes:

As a pet owner, you should invest in a good lint roller. Keep one in your car, your purse, and your home. It will be a lifesaver while on the go!

  • Different Pet Bedding

If there is a spot in your household where your furry friend prefers to sleep, consider covering the area with spare sheets or bedding. Not only will it make it more comfortable, but it will be easier to clean. 

  • Clean Pet Supplies Frequently 

Leashes, collars, and pet toys all contain dirt and bacteria from days of play. It is important to wash them often for the health of your pet and your home. 

  • Consistent Grooming 

Regular brushing is important for dogs and cats with long hair. Brushing will cut down on the amount of pet hair in your house and help with shedding. 

Removing Fur from Washer & Dryer

Make sure to lint roll or brush out your clothing before throwing them in the washer and dryer. It can be very damaging to the machines to do multiple loads of clothing covered in pet hair, as the mix of water and hair can create clumps that stick to fabrics and the side of the washer. If not properly taken care of, this can clog drain pumps and affect your home’s general plumbing system. To combat this, after a few washes add a half cup of vinegar to the machine’s rinse cycle and let it run with no clothes. If your machine has a clean tub cycle, use that with vinegar. The vinegar smell won’t transfer to your clothes, and you will have a squeaky-clean washer tub when finished!

Finally, to protect your dryer, make sure the lint filter is empty before starting a cycle. Pet hair likes to collect around the filter, so making sure your clothes are as hair-free as possible before putting them in would be beneficial. 

If you need further help getting the pet hair out of your clothes, give us a call! We are happy to assist you and give you more time to spend with your furry friend! 

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