Getting Dog Hair Out Of Your Clothes
Pet hair is one of the realities that dog owners just have to withstand. Although some breeds have minimal shedding, you're likely here because your dog leaves you with a trail of fur on a daily basis. Thankfully, dog clothes help keep the abundance of fur away from your own clothes and furniture. But how you do keep those clothes clean?
THE RIGHT DOG CLOTHING?
Dog clothes make shedding easier to manage because they keep fur inside and away from all the surfaces of your home. However, it’s also critical to choose dog outfits wisely as some will be harder to maintain than others.
When choosing clothes specifically to manage shedding, your best options are those made of water-resistant material. These are often dog raincoats and windbreakers that are made of technical fabrics that fur won’t stick to. To clean up, all you need to do is shake it off and possibly do some light wiping.
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Dog sweaters also help manage shedding, not to mention they keep your pup looking snazzy. However, these softer and cozier materials are often harder to keep clean and not always ideal for summer weather if your pup is frequently outside.
When buying dog tanks, opt for those made of cotton, as these will be more resistant to static than their cheaper counterparts + these tanks will keep your pup cooler than ice pop during the summer months. Note polyester and rayon are materials you want to avoid if you’re concerned about pet hair sticking to clothes.
The Common Good Laundry Detergent (pet-safe)
The cleaning products you choose will keep dog clothes not only fresh-smelling but also fur-free. Don’t be tempted to go for the most powerful detergents as these might have toxic ingredients that could harm your pup, especially if they have sensitive skin. Ingredients you should avoid include synthetic surfactants, chlorine, and ammonia.
Whenever possible, opt for non-toxic and biodegradable detergents for all your dog’s things. That includes their clothes, accessories, and bedding.
HAND WASHING 101
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When it comes to washing clothing by hand might be a pain, but it is a good way to prolong the life of your dog's apparel. To do this right, start by diluting pet-safe laundry detergent in a bucket of lukewarm water.
Soak all the clothes for at least 30 minutes. This will help loosen up deep-seated dirt and fur, after soaking, discard the water. Take every piece of soaked clothing and use a soft brush to spot-clean areas with stubborn dirt and clingy, embedded hair.
Then, prepare another bucket full of soapy water and gently swish the dog clothes through it before rinsing every garment thoroughly. Once you’re confident there’s no more soap residue, you can hang the clothing and leave them to dry, ideally under the sun.
Other Tips for Managing Pet Hair
There are many other things you can do to keep dog hair away from clothes. These will help not only keep your dog’s clothes clean but yours as well, especially during the shedding season (spring/fall).
In conclusion, Dealing with dog laundry and the never-ending supply of shed fur are undeniably some of the more frustrating parts of pet ownership. Thankfully, all you need are the right dog clothes, pet-safe laundry products, and knowledge of the most effective cleaning techniques.
Armed with all these, even shedding season will be a breeze to manage. So, you can spend more time enjoying the company of your dog rather than cleaning up after them.