Taking dogs out for a drive is like giving them the ultimate sensory treat (unless it’s a visit to the vet, of course). Sticking the face out of an open car window, feeling the wind catch in the ears and whiskers… Every block of road covered seeming like five seconds of pure dog Disney, with interesting surprises, amazing sights and fascinating smells…
But the price all dog-owners have to pay for giving their pets this incredible drive-drive pleasure is millions of dog hair that get left behind in the car.
There is no easy but efficient way to get all the dog hair out of the car either. Plus, no sooner that you have cleaned your vehicle, the dog will want to ride in it again.
Here are some clever, DIY ideas that can help you get the worst of the hair out of your car, each time your pet has sat in it. They probably won’t leave your vehicle looking spotless, but they will remove most of the hair fall, so they’re great solutions for quick clean-ups.
#1: THROW ON A T-SHIRT
A T-shirt is actually a great idea if your pet is a chronic shedder. Find a lightweight cotton tee that is comfortable yet not too big and dress the dog in it. Gather up the ends and tie a knot at the belly. A T-shirt will hold a lot of the hair fall, but remember to shake it out thoroughly before the next wear.
#2: WIPE WITH BALLOONS
Don’t want to clean the car yourself? Get the kids to do it with balloons. Blow up balloons and rub them against the car’s upholstery. Static will cause the loose dog hairs to jump up and stick to the balloons. Car cleaned and kids happily engaged at the same time.
#3: LIFT WITH FABRIC SOFTENER
Get stubborn strands out of car seats and carpeting with fabric softener. Mix some in water and spray lightly all over the upholstery. Wipe up the hairs with a paper towel. If there’s still some left, wait for the upholstery to dry out and then vacuum. Fabric softener loosens hair, making it easy to lift them off.
#4: CLUMP WITH A RUBBER GLOVE
Wear a wet kitchen rubber glove and then wipe the target car surface in the same direction. This will make all the hair collect in clumps, which can then be easily cleaned off.
#5: CLUMP WITH A PUMICE STONE
If you have a pumice stone handy, it will work great to gather up loose dog hair from the car’s upholstery and carpeting. Like the rubber glove, a rough-surfaced pumice will also gather hair in easy-to-remove clumps.
#6: CLUMP WITH A FLIP-FLOP
If you’re out on a road trip and happen to be wearing rubber flip-flops, use that to remove dog hair from car interiors in clumps.
#7: USE A FITTED BEDSHEET
If you don’t have removable seat covers, try using a fitted bedsheet instead. The elastic around the edge really helps to keep the sheet from shifting.
#8: USE A LINT ROLLER
Brush and then roll the dog with a sticky lint roller before letting him/her jump inside the car. This will take off a lot of the loose hair, and shedding will be reduced significantly.
#9: MAKE A DOG TRAVEL KIT
Put some really useful cleaning stuff in a car kit because dogs track dirt and mud in too. For example, paper towels, pet wipes, microfiber towels, lint brush (that you can use too) and a bottle of water.
#10: CRATE, SEAT OR LAP THE DOG
Restricting the dog’s movements will stop hair from getting everywhere. If your pet is not happy travelling in a crate, then encourage him/her to use a pet bed. In situations where a small dog is obstinate and frisky, a co-passenger may be willing to place a protective sheet on the lap and hold the dog there. With plenty of opportunity to look out the window.
#11: GIVE THE DOG A CAR
If your household has multiple cars, designate one specifically for the doggie to ride in. That way, only one car will bear the full brunt of your pet’s occupancy.