I can't think of many drawbacks to being a dog owner, but shed hair is certainly the first one that comes to mind. The upholstery in your vehicle can be especially difficult to keep clean, because the hair seems to stick to it like glue. Thankfully, it's quite easy to learn how to get dog hair out of car seats.
There are many products available to help pet owners remove shed hair from carpeting, clothing and upholstery. Some of these products work better on certain types of hair, while others aren't very effective at all. If you don't want to waste your money trying multiple hair removal tools, you can test these DIY options to see which works best to remove your pup's shed hair.
These are my go-to dog hair removal tricks. I've tried these methods countless times, and they are always effective – no matter what type of fur your dog has.
How To Get Dog Hair Out of Car Seats
Prevention is key to keeping pet hair out of your vehicle. Less loose hair in your pet's coat means less hair will end up on your car seats. We've written an article on the subject, but the best thing you can do is maintain proper grooming. Regular brushing is the best way to remove shed hair from the coat before it can stick to your clothing or fall off onto your flooring, furniture or in your vehicle.
A proper diet is also key to keeping your dog's skin and coat healthy. A healthy coat will shed less than a dry, brittle one. Likewise, moisturized and healthy skin will help reduce the amount of shed hair even more.
If your regular dog food isn't providing enough nutrients to keep Fido's skin and coat healthy, try adding a fish oil supplement and/or coconut oil to his meals. Both of these supplements contain fatty acids that will aid in overall skin and coat health.
How To Get Dog Hair Out of Car Seats
No matter how well you care for your dog's skin and coat, some of his hair will inevitably end up on your vehicle's upholstery. The first thing you need to do is give your upholstery a good vacuuming. This will remove most of the hair – only leaving behind the hairs that are really stuck down in the upholstery.
To ensure that you are able to vacuum out as much hair as possible, I recommend spraying the upholstery with a fabric softener spray first. Add 2 teaspoons of fabric softener to a spray bottle filled with clean water.
Fabric softener is specifically designed to loosen hair that is stuck in clothing. Spray your car seats and wipe them down with a towel to remove and loosen as much stubborn hair as possible before you vacuum.
Of course, lint rollers are one of the most popular dog hair removal tools. They work well, but you'll constantly be pulling off sheet after sheet. This isn't cost effective or eco-friendly.
If you don't have a lint roller on hand or you've run out of refill sheets, you can use tape as a DIY stand-in. Duct tape is especially sticky, and can be used to remove hair that is stuck in the fibers of the upholstery.
If you happen to have a squeegee on hand, they work unbelievably well for removing stuck-on pet hair. Many pet owners use them to get stuck hair out of carpeting and furniture upholstery. A pair of rubber gloves (like the kind used for washing dishes) works as well as a squeegee, and they're easier to find in your local stores.
There are also a number of pet hair removal tools that are reusable. I've reviewed a few of my favorites to help pet owners choose one that meets their needs:
Whether you choose to buy a pet hair remover or use a DIY option, it's easy to learn how to get dog hair out of car seats. If you don't want to worry about this hassle, you can use car seat covers to prevent most of the hair from sticking to your upholstery.