We came up with a dog hair remover because of the scads of fur that would come off of Comet, especially in the Spring – a lot of it from his rear end.
He wasn’t nicknamed the German Shedder for nothing!
Unfortunately, this hair stuck to everything: our clothes, the couch, carpeting, car upholstery, drapes – you name it.
So we did some browsing on the web to see what kinds of products could take care of this hairy matter.
Why Not Buy One?
From our research, commercial fur removers appear to come in three types:
- Adhesive lint rollers with disposable sheets, such as Hair Busters, Sticky Sheets and 3M
- Reusable abrasive pads, such as the Pet Hair Picker Upper
- Reusable rubberized surfaces, such as the Pet Hair Magnet, Pet Sponge Pet Hair Remover, Top of the Line Pet Hair Remover
However, we felt they were too expensive and that we could come up with something cheaper.
Below is a comparison of three homemade products that we tried:
Homemade Dog Hair Remover (Very Effective)
- Take any size scrubbing brush
- Dampen it
- Rub in light strokes across the carpet
- Remove hair periodically with a comb or with your fingers
- Wash brush in soapy water, rinse and let dry till the next use
Fur Removing Strips from Clothes
Peel a manageable strip straight off a roll of wide duct tape and lay it sticky side down across the area you want to remove dog hair from. Press down firmly. Move to an adjacent area. Discard when stickiness is lost.
Note that masking tape can also be used but it is less sticky than duct tape.
Overall, this type of dog hair remover is rather wasteful if you do this frequently.
However, if you’re in a hurry and need to make a good impression for a home party or work situation, it may be worth using up part of a roll of tape, and quite a bit cheaper than commercial lint rollers. This would be our preference for sweaters, clothes and drapes.
Homemade Lint Roller (Not recommended)
A homemade lint roller can easily be made from a stiff cardboard tube with layers of duct tape around it, sticky side up. Wax paper (from an old cereal or other food box) is used in between each sticky layer. Use a dowel that sticks out at least two inches on each end as a roller or just use a finger in one or both ends.
If you don’t have a strong enough tube, you can use a toilet paper or paper towel cardboard tube and stiffen it by adding layers of another kind of cardboard, such as an old cereal box, on the inside and/or outside.
The above sounds like a good idea. However, when we tried it, it turned out to have the same problem as commercial lint rollers – you can use it on a small area and it will pick up dog hair and sometimes lint, but it quickly loses its stickiness and you frequently have to discard that layer for a new one.