This $15 Amazon Find Rescued My Laundry—and Living Room Sofa—From Pet Hair

updated Jun 14, 2021
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Ask any pet parent, and they’ll probably say the same thing: Pet hair is a problem. Since pet hair naturally clings to clothing and upholstery, when our four-legged friends shed, a lot of it usually winds up all over our stuff. And while lint rollers and brushes can help you get stray hairs off your garments here and there, the best way to keep your home decor and furniture free of fuzz is to stop the buildup in the first place. And don’t even get me started on faux fur and Moroccan style wool rugs—I have a super shaggy one in my living room, and that only adds to the problem. Since we’re all spending more time at home these days, I’ve been on a mission to fight fuzz around my place as of late. In the grand scheme of things, fur is not a big deal, but I found something that actually works, so I felt compelled to share it.

In addition to the rug I mentioned, I also have two free-roaming rescue rabbits. I’ve tried everything from lint balls to fabric shavers, but no matter—my favorite sweaters, blankets, and leggings were always coated in pet hair when they came out of the dryer. And then I’d sit on my sofa or chairs and invariably find the hairs there, too. Out of desperation, I tried the FurZapper—one in my washing machine and one in the dryer. And now, I’m happy to report that I only pull out my lint roller before I walk out the door in a black coat! And my furniture is closer to being fur-free, too.

Designed to remove pet hair from your clothing while you wash and dry your clothes, FurZapper actually rids your laundry of pet hair before you ever put it on, saving you time and money on lint rollers and brushes or having to rewash your clothes.  It’s composed of a soft, tacky silicone material that naturally grabs onto dog and cat hair. So simply throw one of these savvy gizmos into your washing machine or dryer and voila: The FurZapper will pull the fur from your laundry and help send it straight down the drain or into your lint trap. It’s really that easy.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Amazon user T Poisson had to say in their five-star review:

“I have a VERY furry BIG dog, 140 lbs worth of furry. He has a fuzzy undercoat that is incredible but it does get everywhere when it is time for him to blow his coat in the springtime. I use both of the FurZappers in the load. I put them in the washer and the dryer. For those loads with a lot of fuzz on them, I put the load in the dryer with the FurZappers before I wash to remove some of the excess. Then I wash the load with both FurZappers and then put them in the dryer. I also add a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse water on loads with a lot of hair to remove. It beats trying to use a lint brush on your laundry before you wash.”

And if all the talk about naturally fur-free laundry wasn’t enough to convince you of the FurZappers’ power, don’t forget that a two-pack of these nontoxic, hypoallergenic gizmos will only set you back about $15. The best part? They’re reusable and self-cleaning—and should have an indirect, cumulative fur-fighting effect on all of your furnishings, too. 

Just remember that despite being totally safe to wash and dry with all kinds of clothing and bedding, the FurZapper is made of a gummy material that wears down when exposed to fabric softener and dryer sheets. So don’t use anything other than detergent when washing or drying your laundry with one of these guys. Then go ahead and relax in your closer to fur-free home!