Although we normally associate pet hair problems with furniture and clothing, it can also have a major impact on one of the most important appliances in your home: your washing machine.
Yes, pet hair can seriously damage your washing machine if you’re not careful. Read on to find out how…
How Could My Pet’s Hair be Damaging My Washing Machine?
If you find pet hair coating your shirts and pants, you may assume that the best – and easiest – way of dealing with it is to simply toss it into the wash and hope for the best. If you’ve made a habit of this in the past, you may be nodding your head and saying, “Well, yea!”
But you may not realize the damage that your pet hair is doing to your washing machine.
You see, when your fur-covered clothing and bed sheets end up in the wash, all that hair clumps together. And when the water drains at the end of a cycle, it can clog up the drain holes in your washer drum – and even your drain pump.
If it happens often, and for long enough, it can create major strain on your plumbing, leading to bigger problems down the road. And though it likely won’t cause your washer to blow up or completely quit working, there’s a good chance it will cost you in repair bills over time.
So, what can you do to minimize the damage that pet hair might do to your washing machine?
Clean Your Pump Out. One of the simplest ways to maintain your washer is to clean out the pump. Depending on the model of your washing machine, this can be accomplished in several different ways. Fortunately, YouTube likely has a video of someone cleaning out the pump of a model like yours. So do a quick search and see what you can find. Don’t allow pet hair to continue building up in your pump. If you do, you can be certain that you’ll pay for it in the long run.
Brush Your Pet. You may be seeing such an extraordinary amount of pet hair in your washing machine because you aren’t dealing with it while it’s still on your pet. Fortunately, brushing your pet regularly is an easy way to head off part of this problem. Every loose strand of fur you remove via a brush is one less strand that can attach to the nearest piece of fabric and end up in your washing machine. If you’re searching for an easy way to keep your pet’s coat free of loose fur, check out our Fur Magic pet grooming gloves.
Dry Your Clothes Before You Wash Them. Another way to remove pet hair from your clothes and linens is to run them through a quick no-heat dryer cycle along with a dryer sheet. When the cycle’s finished, give the clothes a good shake before throwing them in the washer. This can go a long way toward minimizing the amount of pet hair that ends up in your washing machine. And don’t forget to empty the lint filter after every load (because it builds up fast!).
Clean Your Clothes and Blankets Before You Wash Them. Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And that’s definitely true of dealing with pet hair. Rather than waiting until your washing machine breaks down, the best way to deal with this potential pitfall is to take care of the hair before it ever makes it to your washing machine. You can use one of our fur lint rollers to remove any stray fur or hair before washing your clothes and linens. This will minimize the amount of fur in your washing machine and lessen the potential for problems.
Use a Fur Magic Laundry Bag for Extra Protection. By using a Fur Magic Pet Laundry Bag, you can ensure that any lingering pet hair is kept far away from your washing machine’s drain. Simply throw your clothes into the bag and put it in the washer. It allows water in but won’t let clumps of pet hair out. It’s the easiest and most affordable way to keep your washing machine in top condition.
If you’re looking for a lint roller (or other Fur Magic product) that will ensure your clothes and linens are ready for washing, check out our wide assortment of colorful options. They’re a whole lot cheaper than a washing machine repair bill.