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Sorry to hear about your dog, so hard to lose a pet. As for keeping my place clean, I swiffer and sweep once a week (more if needed) and use a stick vac on area rugs. For furniture and my duvet covers I use this thing to keep everything clear of cat hair. I’ve never not had a cat during my life and I’ve never found anything (including vacuums, rollers etc.) that works as well as this thing does in picking up pet hair. Even works on clothes.
I bought this thing called a Chom Chom Roller. It’s essentially a re-designed lint roller, but somehow it works much, much, better. We use it to do a quick swipe of our couch every day or so. It only takes about a minute. It’s small and easy to store near the couch which was a big plus as opposed to lugging the whole vacuum in for a one-minute job.
Source: I have two cats who shed a ton and actually own one of these! It is super useful at getting hair off of the bedspread or couch, but our favorite boss babe is definitely not using it correctly.
Here is a link to it and the video at around 1:40 shows how you’re actually supposed to use it! [link]
Have you ever tried/heard of the Chom Chom roller? I have a Dyson too but Chom Chom is amazing when I don't have time to take out the vacuum or just need a super quick clean up! I found it on Amazon one day and thought it was a little over priced but it had really good reviews so I thought I'd try it.
It's like a blend of one of those velvet rollers and the sticky paper kind, but somehow works 1,000 times better.
Get a chomchom. No waste and it'll save so much time. Better than any lint roller you'll ever use. [link]
I hate wasteful products, so these things are at the top of my favorite item list.
Yup that's no problem and it's pretty common! I have a minor allergy to cats (my sister has it a bit worse and also has 3 cats) and take generic Zyrtec everyday, along with Flonase or eyedrops if I need it. You may want to talk to you doctor and make sure they don't interfere with any meds or conditions you may have.
I follow this poster's suggestions re: bedding and vacuuming. It does help a lot. I also have a chom chom roller that I use on furniture ([link]).
Assuming you own the house (or rent and can DIY it) I'd suggest looking into ceiling fans. Ceiling fans have switches for cooling and heating and can help lower energy costs, especially during winter. A lot of people only associate them with cooling but when the switch is activated for heating it actually helps circulate the warm air and circulating the air is going to help combat the stale smell, especially with pets. If you know how to install lights then you can find used ones for cheap on Craigslist or places like the ReStore and other used building material places.
How often do you vacuum? If not once a week then maybe try that schedule. Get a decent vacuum with attachments for furniture if you don't have one and vacuum all surfaces, even walls and ceiling if you see dust. Vacuum the furniture everytime you vacuum everything else. If your dog sheds a lot then start brushing regularly, especially during the spring and warm months, and using something like a ChomChom Roller between vacuumings will help get the dog smell out. If you don't have a good vacuum then refurbished Sharks and Dhsons can be had for affordable prices.
Do you have carpet? Definitely shampoo it if you haven't. Have your couch and chair cushion covers laundered. Any fabric surface will trap smells so doing a baseline clean of everything- the carpets, the walls, the furniture, etc will help you determine if the smell is indicating something more, like mold, or if its just an accumulation of smells.
Finish it off with a mild plug-in scent diffusor or other 'good smell' method. Move the air around, regularly clean stuff like your couch (if you aren't already), and stay on top of the dog hair and I think you'll smell a real difference. Make sure to do a deep clean first.
For furniture this thing is a life saver. My non cat owning friends always remind each other not to wear black to my house cause of the hair lol but this thing picks up a lot of hair super quick so I can get my furniture to an acceptable condition before they get there.
Yup! Fur MAGNETS, but I grabbed the Chom Chom roller on Amazon and it literally blew my mind at how well it picks up fur. No need for a vacuum or sticky roller ever again.
I have an Australian shepherd that sheds like CRAZY. I use the chom chom roller and it works amazing! It’s $24.95 on Amazon and you can reuse it forever. It works perfectly on basically any surface and clothes too! I highly recommend.
All my friends with severe cat allergies had no reaction around my grey domestic short hair tabby. It may have just been something special about him that kept their allergies at bay.
I now have 2 grey tabbies with my boyfriend who has allergies and it helps a lot to have HEPA air filters in each room and roomba a few times a week. They sleep on our bed and couch so we chom chom our furniture often to prevent hair buildup and he hasn’t had any issues with his allergies at all. Keeping your house clean is a big factor that might be more important than breed.
The chom chom may seem pricey for a lint roller but it’s the best thing I’ve ever used for pet hair: [link]
Learned about the Chom Chom roller on someone else’s reddit post. Just ordered a second because I need to have one in reach at all times.
ChomChom Roller Dog Hair Remover, Cat Hair Remover, Pet Hair Remover [link]
Buy one of these. It was the best thing I have ever bought. It removes so much hair, tons that you dont even see. (i have 3 cats) you can also use it on your clothes.
This fabulous and miraculous reusable hair roller. Honestly works sooo well on my couch and my comforter. It also does a remarkably good job removing the very, very fine cat hair that one of my cats leaves on my white living room chairs.
I don't know how I'd never heard of it until recommended in a dog group elsewhere. My Lab sheds a ton of hair on the couch and this literally takes one minute to use, rather than dragging out the vacuum.
The Chom Chom roller!!
It is the greatest $25 I have ever spent.
It’s used on furniture, bedding, cloth blinds, but not clothes you’re wearing. You’ll notice how much less hair ends up on you and your pet by getting rid of it from the couch and other cloth things in the house.
It’s constantly selling out but you can google the Chom’s actual website and buy from there if Amazon doesn’t have it (which it seems like it’s currently sold out again at the moment.)
The tool itself looks like a mixture between one those velvet red rollers and the tape kind but omg. It’s so much more awesome than it looks. Use a scrubbing, back and forth motion to get the best results.
This thing. I have two long hair dogs that shed like it's a get rich fast scheme. I have tried every goddamn tool on the market including everything in this thread and none of it, not even my 950 dollar meile vacuum cleaner matches the chomchom, not even close. I have one in every room in the house.
Linked it for you, babe.
Take him outside and brush him a few times a week, then give him a bath every once in awhile and brush him again
ChomChom Roller Dog Hair, Cat... [link]
Yes, bath wipes are great. Personally, some other favorites of mine include:
- ChomChom Roller for puppy fur on furniture (weird name but I'd marry this thing if I could)
- Ear wipes from Amazon that are super convenient (I have these)
- Puzzle IQ ball for treats/food (I have this one and it's not loud at all on hardwood floors like some of the harder plastic ones)
- Duckworth - stuffed duck toy on Amazon that has been the only stuffed toy that my puppy didn't destroy. It's almost always been her go to since she was a little pup and she naps with it sometimes, which is beyond adorable.
- Several Kongs -- I think I maybe have 4-5 of them -- to stuff and freeze -- leave these in crate when leaving, that's the only time she gets them. Usually I like to prep several at once to stick in the freezer so I have them ready during the week.
- Bully sticks (prefer Jack & Pup ones off Amazon as they're the lowest odor ones I've found so far plus they're thicker than the ones off Best Bully Sticks and occupy the pup for longer) and cow ears.
A chom chom roller! It works so well. [link]
Scotty is so cute! Instead of a lint roller, you might want to check this out: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BAGTNAQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Works SO much better than a lint roller!! I have 2 cats and it's super quick/easy!
Sorry about the tax situation. I can understand how it may feel like you're not moving forward, but I think you're doing great!
I have the same one from a different brand: [link]
My sister recommended it for my 2 cats and dog and I'll say it works incredibly well.
Save yourself and thank me later, get a chomchom. No waste and it'll save so much time. Better than any lint roller you'll ever use. [link]
Here you go:
I use a ChomChom, I find it works well.
I still use the sticky roller afterwards for final touch ups, but I use this for the bulk of lint.
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The ChomChom is supposed to be amazing!
Get a chom chom! They are the best at getting rid of pet hair on aligns :)
ChomChom Roller Chomchom Roller - Dog Hair, Cat Hair, Pet Hair Remover [link]
Chom Chom. $25 bucks and a freakin game changer!!!!
Forget everything anybody is telling you in here except this.
Go buy a Chom Chom.
go look up youtube reviews if you don't believe me. This is your new best tool.
The chom chom works pretty well for me on furniture. Haven’t tried it on my clothes.
The skippable personal backstory:
I have been, admittedly, too frugal for too long. It bugs my wife more than it has bugged me; but I am coming to recognize her point of view on a lot of these things.
My wife is not a big spendthrift on physical goods; she came from a home of little means. She just values quality a lot, and I am extremely frugal to the point that I can sometimes err on the side of "cheap". My wife is, for example, the type of person who would kill for a good kitchen knife; I'm the type of person who wants to use their current one until it is too almost dull to operate anymore. I know a lot of people on this sub will definitely side with my wife on this and I am finally getting it!
In the process of being frugal, my home can feel...awkward at times. For example:
Non-matching furniture (why throw it out if it still works?)
No consistent method of organization. I'll re-use various tubs (fabric or plastic) to organize things but they often eventually risk becoming misc. dumping boxes because there's no pattern to their placement, and there's no positive aesthetic.
Sometimes crappy appliances or tools (especially in the kitchen) that I continue to use because they haven't failed yet, etc. Often a disorganized mess of tools; I have no idea what wrenches or sockets I have for example, since I only use them occasionally, and instead just have a big bag full of all the tools I've had to buy.
I am coming to recognize the value of her perspectives on a lot of this. I don't want to give up my frugality, but I am very much willing to do a one-time upgrade, especially if it means we can reduce the footprint of the stuff in the house. I'd like to give away/throw away a lot.
Unfortunately, this means spending some money.
Fortunately, I'm a good ways into the FI journey. I try to save 25 - 30% of my take-home after-tax income, though I've been falling short lately. But between our 401ks (deposits and growth), my mortgage paydowns, conservatively estimating real estate growth with inflation (2%/yr), and a small amount of rental income cash flow...well, my net worth growth is, at this point, 3x - 6x more than my cash savings monthly.
So I'm not looking at "spending more" in general, but skipping out on a month's savings to make my wife and I both feel happier in our home and reduce my chore load and stress levels seems like something I absolutely should stop being cheap about at this point.
EDIT: Side note, we have two cats, and this is one of our biggest house stresses. The Chom Chom roller has been our absolute, best, #1 purchase with this regard. We have to basically de-fur daily and one of the cats is an idiot that never buries his poop so there's always a smell. I'd definitely take any advice here.
The ones curi posted is good for clothes. For furniture, I recommend the chomchom. It works great on my cloth couches between vacuums.
Not trying to advertise but as a pet owner (2 days and a doggo) the best purchase I've made in a long time was The Chom Chom Pet Hair Remover just check out the reviews!