If you have a dog that sheds like a Shetland Pony, or a cat that loses so much fur a day you could piece together a whole new cat, then listen up Mama, because this one’s for YOU! There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not seen with a dry mop in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other, and most of the time it happens multiple times a day.
But before you give up on the losing battle of the fur and wave the white flag, let me show you the three ultra affordable tools I use daily to keep my house from turning into one of those weird hair museums.
1. Squeegee $5 – $15
Kicking the list off with the oddest one of all, cause that’s how I roll. Yes, I said squeegee, like the thing you use at the gas station to wipe the pollen off your windshield. But believe it or not, these bad boys are superstars when it comes to fur removal!
That silicone edge can pull caked on fur loose from fabrics and carpets that vacuums and lint rollers just can’t do. Some furniture fabrics act like velcro when it comes to pet hair, but it doesn’t stand a chance with a squeegee. I love this one because it has the flat edge and a grippy bristled edge. It’s a double whammy!
You just pull a few passes in each spot of the furniture or carpet edges (works great for stairs, by the way) and all the fur magically piles up in a long skinny fur roll. Sounds silly, I know, but once you try it you’ll be telling every Cat Lady you know about it.
2. Reusable Lint Roller $10 – $20
Gone are the days of that annoying roller of sticky sheets of paper that picked up a tiny amount a fur before having to rip off the sheet and swipe again with another. Next thing you knew you had forty sheets of sticky paper piled in the floor and your black pants still looked like they were made out of polar bear fur.
I’m sure you’ve seen the ads on TV and online about the magical reusable lint stick that cleans off all the hair and it all disappears inside a little pocket holder. If you were skeptical (like I was at first) let me give the real-life rundown review of how well they actually work.
Does it pick up way more fur than a traditional lint roller? Hell yes it does! Does it remove all the fur in one swipe like the video of the lady in the black yoga pants? Hate to break it to ya, but it does not. Although it does take multiple passes to get fur-free clothes and furniture, I still give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, because it really and truly does work so much better than a roller. Plus, I like that it comes in two sizes so I can use one at home and one in my car.
**For reference, this is the one I personally use, and it’s the only one I can speak to from experience. There are a lot of knock-offs, so remember that you get what you pay for.**
3. Swiffer Sweep Vac $45
If you’ve already fallen in love with how great the Swiffer dry mop is, and how much fur it picks up amazes you, I’m about to rock your world Girlfriend. Because there’s actually something better than that dry mop…
I picked up the Swiffer Sweep Vac when it first came out a year or so ago and within 5 minutes of using it, I was literally singing it’s praises all over the internet. (PSA, I’m sorry if my bad singing made your dogs howl and your wine glass crack.)
Basically, it’s the regular Swiffer dry mop, but with a small vacuum attached. The vacuum picks up the crumbs and stuff that the original Swiffer dry mop just pushed around. And the vacuum head is in front of the dry mop pad, so the pad still grabs up all the fur and dust, and doesn’t even touch anything else.
My only complaint is that the vacuum isn’t strong enough to pick up cat litter debris. Come on Swiffer, cat litter is a problem for us fur baby mamas! Amp up the power a little!
If you haven’t gotten into the habit of brushing your pets daily, I need to take a moment to be the nagging mom you can’t stand to be around. Seriously though, brushing cats and dogs every day can decrease shedding big-time. It keeps their skin healthy, their fur soft and shiny, and the allergens are cut way down.
I’ve worked brushing my dog and two cats into my evening routine, and it’s such a good way to wind down after a long day. I love to sit in the floor and spend some good one-on-one time with them while I’m catching up on the newest American Housewife episode of the week, and my pets have really started to enjoy it, too.
If you’re a fellow Fur Baby Mama and you’ve got a secret weapon that works well for you to keep the pet hair tumbleweeds at bay, share your methods in the comments below! I know you’ve probably found something awesome that works that I haven’t even tried before, so do tell!
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*The brands mentioned in this post are not paid sponsors. I share them because I love them, and they probably don’t even know I exist. But just in case they do, hey Swiffer and Hurricane Fur Wizard, you ROCK!