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The adhesion of hairs on clothes can become very annoying, especially if we have very furry pets. Moreover, it is not only an aesthetic problem, but after putting the clothes in the wash, wet tufts of hair can also prevent water from draining properly, putting a strain on your home’s plumbing. That’s why it’s important to know which fabrics are ideal when it comes to repelling the amount of pet hair on bedding and clothing before putting clothes in the washing machine.
Which fabrics repel hairs?
Fabrics on which hair does not stick are fabrics such as chiffon, silk and satin, microfiber, suede, leather, linen, and denim, as well as tightly woven fabrics. To repel hair, smooth and slippery materials are best, and also watch out that they do not produce static electricity, so be careful with synthetic fabrics.
In general, opt for tightly woven fabrics that do not have wide holes so that the hair does not get stuck. With such fabrics, you will be able to shake out or remove hair easily. And, as much as possible, be careful with these fabrics:
Fabrics to avoid to keep hair from sticking
Synthetic fabrics such as nylon or polyester
Generally, the fabrics to avoid are synthetics, such as acrylic, polyester and nylon, and is that they have a higher potential for static cling that will attract hair more than usual. The same is true for synthetic clothing, such as polyester pants and fleece jackets. Polyester does not attract pet hair as much as other materials, but you will still notice the hair on the fabric.
Some natural textured fabrics such as cotton and wool
Some natural fibers, such as cotton and wool, attract more hair than synthetic ones, and the more texture a fabric has, the more hair it will attract. Even so, there are cottons that repel hair better, such as 100% cotton and tightly woven cotton.
Tips on how to prevent fabric from sticking to clothing
There are several methods you can resort to in order to prevent or remove hair sticking to clothing:
Bathe and brush your pet regularly. This will prevent so much hair shedding. The amount of baths your pet will need will depend on the breed. An animal with a thick or long coat will need more frequent baths than one with a sparse coat.
Using a liquid softener in the last rinse or a dryer sheet will coat the fabric fibers, reduce static and help prevent pet hair from sticking to clothing.
Another tip for removing hair from clothes is to add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the washer’s rinse cycle when you wash your clothes. Like the dryer’s pre-wash cycle, this also helps to relax fabrics and release trapped hair, being especially helpful if you have a lot of pet hair or lint stuck to your clothes. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, add a couple of drops of essential oils, but it is very important that they are pet friendly, otherwise they can harm them. If you pour vinegar into the washing machine, do not use commercial fabric softeners.
Baking soda is naturally bleaching and ideal for removing yellow stains from clothes, but it can also help you remove lint. To do this, you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons to the detergent you use before washing. Here too, do not add fabric softener to the program.
In the case of lint, you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons to the detergent you use before washing. Again, do not add fabric softener to the program.
Lint rollers and tape are very useful for removing hair from clothes. Another option is to put on a rubber glove, moisten it slightly and run your hand over the fabric. The hairs and lint will stick to the wet rubber. Once you have removed as much as you can, give the clothing a good shake.
How can I remove the hairs from my clothes in the washing machine?
To remove accumulated hairs in your washing machine, you can add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine. Vinegar is a natural softener that helps loosen pet hair. Clean the washer by running a wash cycle without clothes. After the cycle is complete, wipe the washer drum with a damp cloth.
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