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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

With All That Hair I Could Knit a Sweater....
I would like to introduce my cat, Stella.

Oh. She looks innocent. But she is quite sassy. She thinks she owns the place, actually. 5:30 a.m. my alarm goes off and she up in the bed, walking all over me. You would think she's telling me, "I just adore you. Thank you for adopting me 3 years ago."

But we all know, she's really saying, "Hey. You. Yeah, the lady who would feeds me. Can you please get out of bed and do just that? Oh, and while you're at it scoop the litter box? Thanks."

Miss Stella also feels that she can sleep any place her little heart desires. She not only likes the bed (especially after we get out of it and it's warm...), but the computer chair and the back of our couch.

And being a long haired cat, that equals a lot of hair on the couch. Hair that the vacuum seems to miss.

Don't believe me? Take a look at what I found when I rearranged the living room before Christmas. A nice pile of hair from the cat. Thank God no one came by to visit because that was just sad (this was up against a wall that I couldn't see. I swear.).

Now, let's say that you did have company coming over. Instead of them seeing the pet hair that you thought that the vacuum picked up, you can use an old sock!

Say what? An old sock?

Yep. And if your sock drawer is like mine you have that pair of socks that suddenly got a large hole in the heel or a blow out in the toe. Don't toss them! Use them to get the hair off the couch & chairs.

Here's what you do.

1. Put the sock on your hand
2. Wet the sock with tap water. Don't soak the sock. Just get it slightly damp. If you have a spray bottle, that works the best.

3. With the slightly damp sock on your hand, work in circles over the cushions and areas of the couch/chairs that have the pet hair.

The hair will start to wad up on the sock and look something like this.....yes, that is hair. I realized that it looks like something else. I promise, it isn't. Though if you've read this post, you may begin to wonder.

I promise you that you'll be surprised at how much hair your couch and chairs actually have on them by doing this. Forget using those expensive pet products. Old worn out socks (or socks without a mate) + water = easy clean up!

Now, get over to Rocks in my Dryer for more Works for me Wednesday tips and tricks.


Aubrey said...

Oh! No way! THAT is a great idea!

We have been in our house about 1 1/2. I moved the bed for the first time last month and found this ginormous cat hair patch on the floor. Right where my fat cat loves to sleep! Gotta love 'em though!

Carol @SheLives said...

So, what you're saying here is that The Sock Monster that eats one sock out of every pair is actually providing me a way to deal with my dog's shed mess?

Whoda thunkit?


Blue Castle said...

Great tip! I never would've thought of that. :)

Mommy of M's said...

I feel your pain, I have a long hair and a short hair cat! The long hair is much easier to clean up after, at least her hair comes out in chunks!

I have an award for you on my blog if you are interested.

kevin said...

fantastic - we'd given up on ever having fur-free furniture!!

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

yuk! But thanks!

Kelly said...

This looks like a good way, but I like to use a Fur-Zoff. It only costs $9.99 and it lasts forever, as long as I don't lose it! You can get one at http://www.furzoff.net - it will take hair off of all fabrics.