Every day is National Pet Day to us animal lovers out there, and despite setting those house rules we cannot say no when they jump up on our sofa’s and cover our blankets in hair.
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Here are our 5 top tips on how to de-fur your washing machine and keep them in tip-top condition
Tip 1: Brush your pet regularly
This one is for before those blankets, duvets and cushion covers reach the washer. When pet hair gets wet it becomes soggy and clumpy which can cause it to cling to the inside of the washing machine. It can also, get stuck in your water filter which causes the machine or drains to become clogged up.
You may be wondering what brushing your pet and keeping your washing machine hair-free have in common. Well, brushing your pet regularly removes loose hairs, the less loose hairs the less shedding and therefore, less hair in the machine.
If you do find there is still some pet hair, we suggest making sure you use a hoover or lint roller first, before putting the garments into the wash.
Tip 2: Throw pet-hair removing tools in with your laundry
These are all washing machine friendly products that will dislodge and catch those loose strands of pet hair that you may not have been able to get out before popping the garments in the wash.
Tip 3: Run your laundry through the tumble-dryer before putting it into the washing machine
Usually, it is the other way round. But by putting the laundry into the dryer first, this allows the fabric to soften and loosens those hard to catch hairs which can often be collected in the dryer’s lint trap.
All you need to do is place the load of laundry into the dryer for 10 minutes on a low to no heat cycle. You could even add a slightly damp cloth amongst the laundry to enhance your fur-fighting strategy.
Tip 4: Regularly deep clean your washing machine
It is important to clean your washing machine regularly, especially when battling with pet fur.
Start by wiping down the inside of your washing machine. Do not forget to wipe the area under the rubber lip of the machine.
Next, you should run a short rinse cycle. Make sure when putting on the cycle that your machine is empty, that way it will be super clean.
Once a month you should allow for your washing machine drum to air dry, by leaving the door open for at least a day. Additionally, you can use the crevice attachment provided with most hoovers to catch out as much hair as possible.
Lastly, pop in two cups of white vinegar, one cup of baking soda and three cups of hot water into the washer tub ensuring a thorough clean before running your next cycle.
Tip 5: Deep clean your tumble dryer
Just as it is important to deep clean your washing machine it is equally important to deep clean your tumble dryer. This helps to remove any pet hair buildup from the dryer’s lint trap and inside of the machine.
Start by using the crevice attachment of your hoover to remove any excess pet hair from the lint trap. You should then wipe the inside of the dryer with a damp cloth. Aim to do this at least once a month or when you start to see a build-up of hair.
Tumble dryers should be deep cleaned every 6 – 12 months. However, if you are unsure of how regularly your dryer should be deep cleaned, we recommend checking the manufacturer’s instructions first.
By regularly deep cleaning your dryer, helps to keep the dryer working properly and avoids any risk of fire.
Our top tips can help to keep your washing machine and tumble dryer fur-free and in tip-top condition. If you found this article useful, check out our one on tumble dryer dos and don’ts or even how to extend the lifetime of your washing machine.