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How To Get Dog Hair Out of Your Car

Unless you’re the proud parent of an Australian Labradoodle, or other Doodle Breed (nah-nah-nah-nah-boo-boo), you know that a car ride with your furry friend can often leave your vehicle looking more like a fur salon (Dog Glitter, am I right?). 

Dog hair, while a small price to pay for the joy our pets bring, can be stubborn to remove from car interiors. Whether you’re prepping for a more professional appearance or simply tidying up, removing dog hair effectively requires more than just a quick vacuum. This tutorial will show you how to remove pet hair from your car using simple household items and specialized tools like a pumice stone. Follow our step-by-step process to easily clean your vehicle. We’ll cover everything from the basic cleaning to detailed finishing touches, ensuring that your car is as pristine as the day you got it. 

Table of Contents

1) Clear Out the Car, Removing All Trash and Debris.

Start by removing all visible trash and any items that aren’t permanently kept in the car. This includes mats, seat covers, and loose items on the seats and floors.

2) Vacuum the Interior

Use a vacuum cleaner with a strong suction to remove loose dog hair and dirt. Pay special attention to the seats, flooring, and trunk area. Use attachments like a crevice tool to get into tight spaces between seats and along the seams.

3) Use Rubber Gloves or Squeegee

Rubber Gloves – Put on a slightly dampened rubber glove and run your hand over the upholstery and carpet. The rubber material will help grip the dog hair and pull it away from the fabric.

Squeegee – Run a squeegee over fabric surfaces to gather hair into clumps that can be easily picked up or vacuumed.

4) Apply Fabric Softener

Mix a small amount of fabric softener with water in a spray bottle and lightly mist the surfaces of your car’s interior. This solution will help loosen the dog hair from the fibers. After allowing the solution to sit for a few minutes, vacuum the interior again to pick up the loosened hairs.

5) Use a Pumice Stone

Using a specialized pumice stone designed for pet hair removal, gently brush the stone over the car’s upholstery and carpet. The stone’s porous surface will capture and pull out embedded hairs.

Be Gentle! Do not scrub too hard with the pumice stone, as excessive force can damage the fabric.

6) Final Touches

Use a lint roller to go over the seats and any cloth surfaces. This can pick up any remaining hairs that the previous steps might have missed.

Use a detailing brush to clean out the vents and hard-to-reach areas where dog hair tends to accumulate.

Preventive Measures

Consider using seat covers that are easy to remove and clean regularly to minimize hair accumulation.  Another option is a backseat extender which fully covers your seats and also provides a firm, wider base area for your dog to be comfortable and stable while still allowing you to harness your dog for ultimate road safety.

Regularly grooming your dog can significantly reduce the amount of hair that ends up in your car.

End of the Fur Road — Time to Hang Your Tongue Out the Window Again

Following these steps, you’ll be able to tackle the persistent problem of dog glitter in your car. With regular maintenance, you can keep your car clean and welcoming for you, your family, and your pets. It will also make each cleanup less daunting!

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Happy Driving, and here’s to many hair-free journeys ahead!



Alana Holst
Australian Labradoodle Breederat

Since 2011, I've dedicated myself to breeding Standard Sized Australian Labradoodles, fueled by a passion for holistic practices and exceptional quality. My focus lies in fostering strong bonds between humans and dogs, crafting loyal companions for therapy, service, and family — spreading love, one precious puppy at a time.

Alana Holst

Alana Holst

Australian Labradoodle Breeder

We make a heartfelt promise to our cherished puppies and their new families, dedicating ourselves to the health, happiness, and lifelong well-being of every Labradoodle we raise and to fostering a supportive community among our adoptive families. Learn more about us.

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