How to Remove Pet Hair From a Washer

Written by erin moseley
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Everyone loves their pets but face it, cleaning up after them is an ongoing challenge. Even after clean up, hair can be left behind in the washing machine. Dogs, cats and rodents shed hair daily and cat hair is especially fine and light and doesn’t go down the drain easily. If your washing machine always has a film of pet hair after a wash cycle, some manual methods will remove it. Your washer will be like new again – till the next batch of hair-covered blankets comes through.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Scrubbing sponge or brush
  • Glass cleaner

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  1. 1

    Prepare a bucket of water using about a gallon of water and a drop or two of liquid dish soap. Gently stir the soapy mix but do not agitate to the point of creating soap bubbles. The diluted soapy water will facilitate hair to adhere to the cleaning cloth.

  2. 2

    Wipe the washer door inside and out with a clean lint-free cloth dipped in the soapy water. Rinse and repeat as needed.

  3. 3

    Scrub the drum with a scrubbing sponge or scrub brush to loosen and remove hair plugs that are clogging up the washer drum.

  4. 4

    Use a lint-free cloth and liberal amount of water and methodically wipe down the entire inside of the washer drum. Start at the top and work your way around the drum. Make sure to wipe the rotator in the centre of top loader washers.

  5. 5

    Run the rinse cycle of the washer to flush out the remaining soapy water.

  6. 6

    Spray glass cleaner on a clean lint-free cloth to slightly dampen it. Thoroughly wipe down the inside of the washer and both sides of the door as above to collect the last remaining pet hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Preventive measures like keeping pets brushed can help minimise the amount of hair in the washer.
  • Clean your washer after every use to reduce pet hair spreading to new loads of laundry.

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