My husband and I used to volunteer at a local no-kill animal shelter for many, many years. We have always been devout animal lovers and because we melted at the site of a fluffy kitty or a cute dog we are now the proud owners of 4 cats, 2 dogs, and one sassy cockatiel. Yep, you read that right. We are borderline animal hoarders, probably. Ok, I’m not some crazy cat lady who sits in my house all alone with my animals. We love our pets – they complete our family and make life better. I know many of you are the same way. And the one thing we pet lovers deal with on a daily basis is the pet hair. It’s literally everywhere. Since disposable lint rollers are no longer an option for me, I had to find a zero waste pet hair removal option that worked.
4 Zero Waste Ways to Remove Pet Hair
There are many zero waste options to remove pet hair without using a disposable lint roller. Yes, some are plastic but I feel it’s still a better option than buying tons of rollers and tossing the plastic coated sheets into the garbage.
Redecker Lint Brush
This brush is completely plastic-free and does a decent job at light hair removal on clothing and a very good job at removing hair from furniture. I keep this fella in my backpack for a quick “de-furring” on the go. The handle is wooden with rubber fingers that latch on to pet hair.
Use a Damp Cloth
It actually works pretty well to get pet hair off of clothing. Dampen a cloth and wipe away the hair. The water helps roll the pet hair together so it’s easier to pick it off in larger clumps. I find that it also works pretty well on furniture.
If you already have some rubber gloves lying around, they make good de-furring tools. The rubber also causes the fur to roll up and clump together. Just rub in one direction so that the hair builds up.
Look for Another Reusable Alternative
There are several reusable alternatives available to remove pet hair. You may even be able to find one secondhand. Look for something that doesn’t require refills and check the reviews for how good they de-fur your furniture and clothing.
Some ways to prevent pet hair disasters:
- Keep your clothing hung up
- Brush Mr. FluffyBottom regularly
- Vacuum the furniture regularly
- Keep the pets off of you before you go out
Pet hair is a small price we animal lovers pay but we don’t have to succumb to the disposable lint rollers and rolls of packing tape. There is a happy balance!
In what “eco” ways do you remove pet hair?
Check out my other zero waste pet posts like how to have a Zero Waste Cat!