Greener Every Week – Remove pet hair with a microfiber

“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.

So I recently went on a trip for about a week and apparently my cats took the opportunity to hang out in my favorite chair the entire time. When I came back this was the sight that greeted me:

(Feel free to run screaming and/or refuse to ever come over to my house. I will completely understand.)

If you have pets you know that most upholstery vacuums are mediocre at best when it comes to cleaning up their hair. I have this one, and it’s honestly really great for day-to-day maintenance, but even it would probably cry like a little girl at the sight of this chair.

But luckily, I am obsessed with trying microfibers on everything, and took the opportunity to see if it happened to have some magical pet hair removal powers.

Yeah – it totally does.

You essentially just scrub the fabric with a dry microfiber cloth as if you were scrubbing out a stain – long back and forth sweeps seem to work pretty well. It appears to work by sort of rolling the hair into little strands which then can be easily removed – this picture is gross but hopefully it kind of conveys the idea:

I spent about five minutes scrubbing this chair with a single microfiber cloth and ended up with this:

Feel free to wear your black pants, baby! What can’t microfiber do? (One thing: disappoint.)

If you are left with some small little bits of hair after you’ve scrubbed your fabric, a quick swipe with any dustbuster or upholstery vacuum with probably do the trick. This technique also works on clothes, but not quite as well – I think it’s because the fabric isn’t pulled taut enough on clothes and it relies mainly on friction. I’m still keeping a microfiber in my glove box in case of emergencies, though!

Now I just need to find a clean, green, simple way to get them to stop clawing the front leg of this chair and I’ll really be set…


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