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Hi All;
Came up with a new use for Velcro today. Seems the hook side excels at catching pet hair in the washer and dryer!
A few days ago I noticed, my cargo pants pockets with Velcro closures had cat hair packed onto the hook side ... hmmmm   I wonder...
Today I cut a 6" long piece of 3" wide  hook side,  removed the sticky tape, folded it over and tossed it in the washer. I never saw it when I moved things to the dryer.
What I found after the dryer was done was impressive! Some clothes were hair free !  Some were not, but they had less than normal! I think I need 3 or 4 of them to keep up around here.
I mean just because the cattery is closed , we still have oh ... 10 or 11 kitty's around here.

As some of you may know , Liz and I were Persian cat breeders for the last twenty years. (We just closed the doors/website this month)
Wonderful sweet animals, very different from "normal" kitty's in personality.
They also shed hair ... alot!  we have always joked one of us could perish from a hair ball :)
Our house and our clothes always have cat hair in and on them...heck even the food gets some, just a fact of living/visiting with crazy cat people.
We have tried numerous ways to control the hair on our clothes.
Getting rid of our front loader washer and going to a speed queen top loader helped a bunch. That front loader seemed to ball up hair and insert it through the weave of clothing... leaving nice round balls of fur stuck to your clothes.
Using a sponge scrubby works great after the fact ... but we wanted a better way.
We have tried numerous objects that you place in the washer, some helped some didn't. None did as good as this.



 
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I saw a kitchen refridgerator magnet that claimed "In this house pet hair is a condiment".

There is a rubber nubbied thing used for massaging shampoo into pet fur and can be used on dry pets as well to help with shedding. Works great on picking up pet hair on clothing, furniture, car seats etc. Also the glass shower door squeegee works very well too.
 
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I'm glad that it worked for you Thomas. All I know, is that whenever anything has velcro on it that I'd ever put into the wash/dryer, it comes out as a wad of clothes all stuck together. Curious how do you keep that from happening?
 
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Hi all;  Been placing the velcro in the washer and moving it to the dryer with each load, for a month now.   SLOWLY it is working! Some of our clothes have "less" hair on them than usual.
Sadly there are 11 cats working to replace any hair that makes it to the garbage can!
Yes, sometimes certain clothes stick to the velcro, but no matter the hair still sticks as well.
Biggest pain is picking the hair off the velcro before using it again...

For us it works,  I will keep doing this.
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