Remove pet hair in the washing machine and dryer

With fall fast approaching, shedding season is almost here. This means that excessive amounts of your dog’s or cat’s fur will likely start clinging to your clothes, making laundry day a nightmare. Stuck-on pet hair also damages your appliances, which are expensive to replace. Luckily, you can remove pet hair trapped in your washing machine and dryer using these inexpensive tricks.

Why is my pet’s hair damaging my devices?

If your clothes are covered in pet hair, simply throwing them in the wash could do more harm than good.

“When you mix water and pet hair together, it clumps together. It can get stuck in those little drain holes inside your washing machine drum, or even clog your drain pumps and it could put a lot of strain on your plumbing,” writer Hinaya Rae tells ABC13.

When a washer drain or filter gets clogged, it leaves your clothes with a musty smell and lint residue. Pet hair can also build up in your dryer and create a vent blockage that limits airflow. Dryer Vent Wizard experts warn that over time this decreases the efficiency of the machine and increases the risk of fire.

How do I remove pet hair in my washing machine and dryer?

You love your four-legged friend very much, but his moult shouldn’t damage your clothes or appliances. Ron Shimek, president of Mr. Appliance (a Neighborly company), shares these two tips with First for women to avoid the accumulation of pet hair:

  • For the washer: Make sure the machine is empty before pouring 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a rinse cycle. Vinegar is a natural fabric softener and should make it easier for hair to flow down the drain.
  • For the dryer: Run the dryer empty on “air only” with two sheets of dryer fabric softener. The dryer sheets will loosen the hold of the hair and send it into the lint trap. Next, clean the lint filter.

So ! Your devices are now pet hair free. In the future, reduce the amount of hair on your clothes before a wash by using a lint roller or FurZapper. If you can get rid of hair before washing, you won’t have to worry about buildup or damage to your washer and dryer.

This expert tip makes laundry day easier as a pet owner. Plus, you can keep your machines in tip-top shape by using these tips to prevent mold buildup in a washer and make the process more enjoyable by organizing your laundry room like a pro.

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