Pet stains, odors, and fur balls are no match for these game-changing cleaning products.

By June DeMelo and Katie Holdefehr
Updated August 03, 2020
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Between the accidents on the carpet, the cat fur clinging to every available surface, and the wet-dog odor lingering in the air, it's safe to say that pet owners have a little more mess in their lives than those without fur babies. And while you wouldn't trade in those wet-nose kisses for a spotless living room, it would be nice to have guests over without having to feel self-conscious about all of the fur collected on the couch. To solve some of the most common cleaning challenges pet parents face—stains, fur, and odors—we've rounded up a curated list of essential tips and must-have cleaning products. Keep them on hand so you'll be ready for any type of pet mess.

The Tips

Clean It Up

A powerful vacuum that can suction up embedded pet hair is key for tackling soft surfaces, like rugs and upholstered furniture. Use the brush attachment for stubborn patches. In a pinch, make short strokes with a damp rubber shower squeegee. Wipe down hard surfaces with a moistened microfiber cloth, and run a lint roller over clothing. Before you wash clothes or slipcovers, give them one good, strong shake. Repeat before transferring to the dryer. Throw in a dryer ball to help hustle any remaining strands into the lint trap.

Camouflage It

To minimize the appearance of hair, choose rugs with a busy pattern or in a color that’s similar to your pet’s. Vacuuming removes hair more readily from flat-weave rugs (like dhurries and sisal rugs) than from high-pile or certain looped rugs. Smooth, flat upholstery materials, like leather and microfiber, are also easier to keep fur-free. Avoid sofas with skirts, which attract strands, as pets often rest or rub against furniture. If you allow your pets on the couch (no judgment), cover it with a washable throw to simplify cleanup.

Control It

The best way to prevent hairy messes is to brush your pet regularly—once a week or even once a day, depending on the length and thickness of your pet’s fur. Breeds with a dense undercoat, like corgis and huskies, can benefit from a deshedding tool, like the Furminator brush below. Most cats groom themselves but could still use a little help from their humans. Comb short-haired cats once or twice a week; aim for a bit more often with long-haired breeds.

The Tools

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$67, Amazon

Attach this motorized brush bar to your Dyson vacuum to suck up piles of fluff from your sofa.

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$17 for 6, Amazon

In the dryer, these act like magnets for pet fur. Plus, they can cut down on drying time.

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$30 (was $35), chewy.com

This deshedder for dogs and cats removes loose undercoat hair, then releases it easily with an eject button.

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$8, Amazon

One of the best ways to keep pet fur off of your furniture is to stop it before it's shed. This pet grooming glove will collect excess fur as you pet your cat or dog. Bonus: reviewers say that even cats that hate to be brushed will tolerate this method.

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$12, Amazon

The next time Fido bounds into the house with muddy paws, reach for this brilliant cleaning gadget. Here's how it works: add a little water, insert your dog's paw, gently twist it around, and the silicone bristles will brush off dirt and debris. Dry off your pup's paws, and he'll be ready to jump up on the sofa again.

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$20, Amazon

More than 8,000 five-star reviews agree: this pet stain and odor remover works miracles on even the toughest pet messes—yet is safe to use around pets and children. In case you have any doubts, just read this review.

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$15, Amazon

One of the problems with attempting to clean pet fur off of floors is that most brooms have a hard time picking up the thin fibers. The solution: this specialized broom with rubber bristles that actually attract fur. Once all of the pet hair is collected, a quick rinse with soapy water will refresh the broom.

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$15, Amazon

You know how when you don't have time to wash your hair, you grab some dry shampoo? Consider this the pet version of that. Spritz this non-toxic, odor-eliminating spray directly onto your cat or dog's fur. The combination of shea butter, coconut oil, and neem oil extract will give your pet that fresh-from-the-groomer smell.

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