Spring shedding season just so happens to occur during
spring cleaning season. For many of you (like our
German Shepherd owners out there), sweeping up clumps of pet fur can seem like a losing battle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can
win the fight against pet fur!

To make your life easier, we rounded up clever tricks our experts and editors use to reduce the pet fur in their home. If you have a secret for tackling your pet’s fur, please share it in the comments below.

  • Puppy on dog bed
  • Cat being groomed
  • Robotic vacuum cleaner
  • Pug in Clothes
  • Dusting an air vent
  • rubber gloves

Our Secrets to a Fur-Free Home

Puppy on dog bed


1. Launder her bedding frequently.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if your pet spends a
lot of time in one place, a lot of fur is going to pile up in that place. Your
pet’s bed
is one of those places. Be honest: How many times have you washed your dog or cat’s bed? Never? Consider getting a pet bed that has washable
slipcovers you can throw in the laundry. While you’re at it, it’s not a
bad idea to buy more than one slipcover so you can have a few in rotation. If your furniture is her favorite resting spot, you may want to cover it with machine-washable
slip covers, too.

Cat being groomed


2. Groom, groom and then groom some more.

Robotic vacuum cleaner


3. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner (or two).

Speaking of vacuuming, when you’re dealing with pet fur overload, a good vacuum can make
all the difference. Look for a high-quality vacuum cleaner that has
pet-cleaning attachments and consider whether you want to deal with bags and cords, as there are great bagless and cordless vacuums available. One
of our editors, who owns a Lab mix who sheds like there’s no tomorrow, swears
by her robotic vacuum cleaner, which automatically vacuums her house with the push of a button.

Pug in Clothes


4. Get her to rock cool T-shirts.

Dusting an air vent


5. Don’t forget to look in unlikely places.

Under the fridge, in the air vents, stuck to lampshades…
some of the places you’d never think about can be magnets for pet hair. If you really want to deep-clean your home, you’ll have to look
beyond your furniture and bed as places where fur flies.

rubber gloves


6. Wear rubber gloves.

Gather up the loose fur you’re finding all over house by
donning a pair of rubber gloves and running them over furniture and all those
odd places we mentioned before. If you’re wondering, yes, it’s the same kind of
glove you would use to wash dishes or scrub the bathroom. After you’ve
collected the fur, if you find that it’s difficult to get all the hair off the gloves, toss them in the dryer for a few minutes and examine
the lint trap. Prepare to be amazed at how much comes off of them.

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