How to remove pet hair from absolutely everything

Pets enrich our lives, bring endless joy, and are always up for a cuddle. Whether your furry friend is short- or long-haired makes no real difference, as somehow those pesky strands have an exceptional ability to entrench themselves into every nook and cranny of our homes. We love our pets, but their hair - not so much. Here at Bright Side we have done our research and compiled ten tried-and-tested methods to keep your house clean, fresh, and fur free.

1. Regular grooming (your pet will thank you too).

The best place to start tackling your pet hair problem? Your pet! Regular grooming will help you keep ahead of the game.

2. The humble rubber glove acts as a pet hair magnet.

Forget wasting rolls of sticky tape. Simply wipe a slightly wet rubber glove over any surface, rinse, and repeat as needed.

3. Furniture polish is your fur-free friend.

Top tip: remove pet hair from wooden furniture with a soft cloth and furniture polish (the spray makes the surface slippery, causing the hair to just slide right off).

4. Work your vacuum technique.

Work your vacuum technique for maximum effect! Make sure you alternate directions in a criss-cross fashion to loosen hairs that have become entrenched in the carpet fibers.

5. Enlist the kids and make it fun.

Make like Pippi Longstocking and skate around the kitchen in microfiber socks to remove pet hair from the floor before dinnertime.

6. Become a mixologist for amazing results.

Mix up this all-natural, all-purpose spray for quick and easy surface cleaning: 3/4 cup lemon juice, 3 teaspoons baking soda, and a splash of tea tree oil topped up with water.

7. Furnish your home wisely.

Choose naturally hair-resistant hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring where possible, and favor leather or canvas over fabric upholstery.

8. Pumice stones: not just for the feet.

Make use of a bathroom pumice stone by running it gently over your rugs and smaller carpeted areas - it’s amazing how well it collects the hair.

9. Regular washing to stay on top.

Change your pet’s bedding as often as you would your own to prevent a buildup that then scatters throughout the house.

10. Have a 'Front Door Fix' ready at all times.

Keep a cheap lint roller handy by the front door for last-minute clothing crises - pets have a habit of sitting on your Very Important Meeting Jacket at exactly the wrong time.

Illustrated by Natalia Kulakova for Bright Side
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