Riding Your Clothes And Bedding Of Pet Hair Involves Using The Dryer First

April 25, 2018

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Spring is here and we say hello to warmer temperatures and your dog says goodbye to their winter coat.  While tumbleweeds of hair roll across your floor, those same fibers can be a chore removing from bedding, clothing and even their own bedding.  Come to find out all that pet hair can be a time bomb for your washing machine.  The mix of water and pet hair results in clumps that stick to fabrics and the sides of the washer drum, and that clog drain pumps and pipes and that can mean a costly repair.  But there is an easier way to rid your home of pet hair and it involves your washing machine's companion, the dryer. Pet hair embeds itself in the fibers of your clothes and bedding.  Water in your washing machine cannot access those tough fibers, but a 10-minute no-heat whirl inside the dryer will cause those embedded hairs to loosen up and move their way to the lint trap; saving them from potentially clogging your water drain. Just remember to throw in a dryer sheet to prevent static cling which can cause the hair to remain stuck to the cloth. Another trick is to put on a rubber glove, dampen the glove with water and run your hand over the clothing or bedding item.  The hair will cling to the glove, and you can more easily gather it and throw it away.  Clean your washer by running a wash cycle without laundry. After the cycle ends, wipe down your washer tub with a wet cloth. As for your dog's bedding. Vacuum up or use a lint roller to remove any lose hair, remove the bed cover and stick it in the dryer for a 10-minute no-heat cycle. Wash according to the bed instructions and them back to the dryer for a heated drying. If any lingering hair resides inside your dryer, allow it to dry and use the vacuum to suck them out!

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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