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My Friend, The Lint Roller

Updated on October 15, 2013

Ah, the lowly lint roller. Odds are you have one of these bad boys in your house somewhere. But this is one of those products that we don't give much thought to until of course you visit, in a black skirt, a friend's home who has a white dog. That's when a lint roller is your best friend! A pocket lint roller is your instant best friend!

I happen to have a white and orange cat, Miss Scarlett O' Hairy, and being a cat, she loves to shed. In fact, she doesn't even know she's doing it most of the time. It just comes natural to her. But sit on my sofa and you might (read: will) see evidence of her fur.

A quick swipe, or ten, with a lint roller gets that animal fur off of you and onto the sticky roller. These little contraptions are wonderful!'

I have a trick that I like to use with lint rollers after I've used the lint roller. Let's say you've swiped it on your clothes or the sofa or curtains or bed and maybe torn off a sheet or two, or maybe you had a big job and used a lot of sheets. When you are all finished, instead of tearing off that last sheet, I leave the sheet on the roll until I use the lint roller again. I noticed when I pulled off the dirty sheet that the next time I went to use the roller, it had attracted cat hair just sitting around! This sort of defeats the purpose of having a clean sheet to start with next time. So, now I just leave the last sheet on the roller!

Here are more great ways to use a super sticky lint roller:

Clean the car seats and floors: I tend to shed in my car and am always finding loose hairs on the seats. A lint roller does the trick to pick them up and keep them off my clothes. And what about those kids who eat in the car? You know, those people who live with you and eat back there. Them! They need their own lint roller to tidy up their area! Whether they use it or not is debatable, but I think it's a great idea to let kids loose with some sticky paper on a roll after you've made it home. See what happens.

Clean carpet, hard floors, and stairs: Sometimes it's just not worth hauling out the big vacuum or broom and dustpan for small, quick jobs. When guests are on the way over, clean up that area of the floor or carpet or stair treads that tend to get "hairy" and out of control. For quick pick ups, a lint roller is a great way to tidy up really quickly!

Roll a lint roller on drapes: I have some dark colored drapes and Scarlett's white hair shows up really well! A quick swipe of the lint roller gets that mess off there without all the fuss!

Clean up the cat tower or dog bed: An often forgotten--by us humans anyway--spot in the house is the cat tower and dog bed. Even though it's their fur, cats don't necessarily want to lounge on top of it. And dogs, some of the least picky animals I've met, deserve better than a bed that is topped with a blanket of fur. Don't you think?

Keeping the house free (or as close to it as possible) of pet hair will have everyone breathing better and less hair will end up on the ceiling fan blades. You know what I'm talking about.

Check out the "Schticky" in action. Check out the Amazon link below to get a Schticky of your very own! Well, actually all three Schtickies, just like those shown in this funny video.

Her name's not Scarlett O'Hairy for nothing.
Her name's not Scarlett O'Hairy for nothing.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I have a white Jack Russell and his little white hairs get everywhere. My kids like wearing black (waitress uniform is black too) and it drives them crazy, there are "Brody hairs" everywhere. I HAVE to keep lint rollers in the house.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I have lint rollers in every single room of my house. With 4 dogs and a cat (who sheds on purpose it seems), there's no denying the need for these handy items.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      my son is absolutely nuts about lint rollers... a bit strange for a teen boy.... he has 3 or 4 of them, different sizes (in his room, the bathroom, his locker at school...)