One of the most frustrating things for animal lovers is the amount of hair they have to deal with. That stuff is everywhere. Airborne hair can even get into your food. What can you do to keep from eating Fido and Fluffy’s hair? How can you keep your air green and clean with pets around? There are several tips that can help with clean-up. But first, why not try a little preventive medicine?
Keep the brush clean.
Brushing can be a sneezy, crazy job that spreads hair everywhere. Plus, when the brush gets full, it’s nearly impossible to clean it completely. Who knows what’s lurking in pet hair.? Here’s a smart trick for keeping that brush clean. Simply use a piece of an old nylon stocking or pantyhose to cover the brush. Push it down, so the bristles come through the nylon. When you’re done brushing, pull the hose off. The hair will come with it, leaving the brush clean for next time. Plus, you’ve gotten double duty out of those nylons, so it’s less wasteful.
Brush and bathe them often.
Many pet owners put off the task of brushing or bathing their cat or dog. They know it’s going to be a messy job. Actually, by doing it more often, it’ll be less messy. Plus, frequent brushing massages their “scalp”. This makes it less likely for them to have a lot of dander, which is what makes you sneeze like crazy when you do get around to brushing them.
Do it outside
If your companion animal is shedding, don’t brush them indoors. Take them outside. This way, any latent hair will blow away on the breeze, rather than floating around your home. They may want to run and play, but once you start brushing, they’ll settle down. Do be sure to gather up the majority of the hair so it doesn’t blow into neighbor’s yards.
Use a good green shampoo.
Keeping your pet’s hair healthy has the same benefits as keeping your own hair healthy. Buy an environmentally safe shampoo that’s right for your breed of dog. Some dogs need more conditioner in their hair products. They also can’t be shampooed as frequently as other breeds. Keeping your dog’s hair healthy with eco-friendly products, keeps it from breaking off prematurely, which keeps your home virtually hair free.
Drape your furniture.
Got loved ones or other frequent guests with pet allergies? You’ll want to be sure to keep your furniture relatively hair, soil and dander free. The simplest way to do this is to drape a light blanket over it. That way, when guests are coming, you can toss it in the wash and be done with it. The dryer will remove the hair so that it’s safe for them to sit. Be sure to use environmentally friendly detergent, the least water needed for the job and don’t over-dry.
Picking up the pieces
No matter what precautions you take, there will be some amount of pet hair to pick up. Using a tape roll type lint collector makes for a lot of trash. The sticky, reusable ones necessitate a water wash off. Use the fuzzy kind instead. Guess what? You can use these type of lint rollers directly on your pet as well. They aren’t strong enough to pull on anchored hairs. Just run them right over your pet after brushing to remove latent hair.