Does Anyone Know How to Get Cat Hair Out of Clothes Other than Lint Rollers?

Updated on October 25, 2010
K.A. asks from Murrieta, CA
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My husband comes home from work miserable because he has cat hair poking him. Even after I washed his clothes. Has anyone had this problem and is there any way to get rid of it other than picking them out by hand or buying new clothes. Lint rollers only get the surface. They actually get inside and stick him. He rarely touches the cats and never picks them up. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Thank you all so much for the great advice. First of all, I cleaned my washer. My kids & I went through all the clothing and got most of the cat hair out before we put it in the wash. I bought the furminator deshedding tool and got alot of hair out of my cats. My kids and I usually use a flea comb but this works even better. I just have to rememeber to vacume our couches more often too. So far, my husbands clothes feel better. Its been very time consuming but, my kids are helping too.

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H.M.

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Go to the Flylady website and then go to their Flyshop. There is a rubber-toothed brush they sell, called the "Rubba Scrubba". There are hundreds of testimonials from people who have used this brush and had excellent results with all kinds of problems, including removing pet hair.

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K.A.

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We have 5 cats. We keep everyone well brushed. When I wash our clothes I have several tennis balls in the dryer. These help break loose more of the fur. I wash their cat beds often enough and this is the only way to break loose all that build up of fur, that and a stiff brush.
One thing to consider is unless your cat is a long hair, excessive shedding could mean an improper diet. Not all cat foods on the market are very good. Some are little more than feeding your cat junk food. I'm not suggesting getting very expensive organics but something besides the cheap grocery store available brands (Purina Cat Chow and the like). One way we found out one of our cats was allergic to chicken (the main ingredient in most foods) was excessive shedding, followed by the itching and rash of course. We have to feed our cats hypoallergenic food. We knew a company we'd been feeding him changed it's ingredients when he started shedding a lot again followed later by the rash and itching. We changed brands obviously.
Packing tape will also collect cat fur off of things you can't wash in the machine like furniture, jackets and the like.

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S.A.

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Another option is just to deal with the root of the problem itself- the shedding. There are many products out there for shedding cats/dogs such as fine brushes, shampoos, vitamins that supposedly reduce the shedding, etc. I know you'll still have to get the hair out of the clothes first, but once it's done then try dealing with the shedding so you're not having to clean the clothes too often :)
Good Luck!

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T.C.

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K.,

Here are some methods that I have heard of over the years. Use wide tape such as packing tape or duct tape wrapped sticky side up around your hand. Stroke clothing in one direction with tape. You can also use a damp household sponge, a dryer sheet, or a rubber glove. I am not sure how all these methods work. I have only tried the tape approach and it seemed to work okay enough for me. Also to prevent further link you can spray your clothing with static gaurd after you remove the lint and or hair. I heard there are also special pet removal brushes you can purchase online. I hope this helps.

T.

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J.W.

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The kids need to groom the cats they are so glad to have. The one that sheds a lot may have some stress feelings, that can cause a cat to shed more. There is no way to get out hairs that I know of. I have a small short haired dog and he only sleeps on HIS blankets because of the hair thing. I know just what you mean when you say it sticks in the clothes. His blankets don't wash clean of hairs at all. Get a hair stripper at the pet store, or a fine comb. Have the kids spend quality time with the cats and help out dad at the same time.

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Try and do a Google search on it... just put in the search words "how to get cat hair out of clothing" or something like that.

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Susan

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K.K.

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Buy a rubber lint brush. I use it on every surface the cats lay on. It is oval and fits your hand and has small rubber fingers. I found one at EVRIHOLDER.COM. I brush down my bed cover and chairs and it rolls the hair into a long ball. I've tried everything and this is the quickest and easiest. My cat will not hold still long enough to be brushed so I had to find something that worked. Best $5.00 I ever spent.

K. in Florida

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If your hubby doesn't hold the cat then where does it come from? Is it on the furniture and he is sitting on it? it could be in your washer and dryer, or from the other clothes his are being washed with. Get the rubba scrubba from flylady (its only 4.99 plus shipping. I ordered 3 yesterday. her last day for orders this year is TODAY!!) and you will be able to A. get it out of his clothes. and B. prevent it from getting back in there. Unless you can figure out how to prevent it from happening you will continue to fight this uphill battle.

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L.T.

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I would start w/ the cat...the short haired orange one. Get a shedding blade from the pet store...it sort of looks like a small horseshoe on a handle w/ serrated teeth on one side....comb him...shed his hairs daily, preferably outside or if indoor kitties...maybe in the garage if attached to house? Also, you can give your cat petromalt, this not only helps your cat w/ hair balls but helps his coat to be a little healthier & shed less over time, his diet may need to be checked out too, make sure it's providing him w/ enough oils/fats to reduce excessive shedding. I had 3 domestic short hairs...some more pokey than others. Good luck!

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L.R.

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Hi K.,

A friend of mine has 4 cats, and you wouldn't even know it!
All she does is cover all couch's, chairs with blankets and throws them in the washer once a week!
My husband is VERY allergic to cats and he doesn't really have a problem going over there! It is great! She also brushes them at least twice a week! I hope this helps!

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Ihave special brush tha I use to brush my cat . it works for me I hope it will work for you. Owner if a 16year cat .good luck A.

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Flylady.net has a rubba-scrubba thingy that is suppose to work pretty good on pet hair...my girls REALLY want a kitty & a puppy, but I HATE the hair, so I've put it off, but once I read of this tool, I thought I might brave getting one or the other...I also noticed something similar at our local pet shop, for about $7 bucks. I think you brush the animals & the rubber bristles grap the hair & keeps it. I have a friend who's mom is allergic to pet dander & she vacuums EVERY day & so you don't even notice the hair. I'm not realy up to that, though.

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