What’s the Best Way to Remove Dog Hair From Your Car?

Many dog owners know all too well the struggle of dog hair in your car.

We dedicate the whole of the back of our car to our dogs. Whether it’s a short trip or an extended road trip – they have their space.

Of course, this has resulted in dog hair, a lot of dog hair. You would be excused for thinking half of our car has been carpeted in Great Dane fur.

Some people just don’t have time to clean their car regularly (we don’t do it nearly often as much as we should), and others may not be able to afford professional car cleaning services for such a large task.

Fortunately, there are ways you can get rid of this pesky problem without resorting to pricey methods or lengthy cleanup processes.

Removing Dog Hair From Your Car

First off, you need to find a good vacuum for your car. Take the time to make sure it has a brush attachment explicitly designed for upholstery and carpets before purchasing one. These brushes are vital because they will help capture dog hair on surfaces like seats and armrests more effectively than regular vacuums do without them.

When you use this device, be careful not to suck loose change or other objects into the nozzle as these may cause problems with its operation in future uses.

Next, get out any wipes that come with anti-bacterial properties (or use alcohol), so you can clean down vinyl areas such as door panels and window sills where dust may have accumulated over time.

You can also use a wet towel to wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard surfaces like metal or plastic. Be sure not to leave any streaks behind! For even more protection from dust build up on these areas in future cleanings, apply some rubber protectant designed for car interiors afterwards (if you have one).

Finally, use your vacuum’s brush attachment to get into all of those nooks and crannies that may be overlooked during your routine: under seats, underneath the pedals if possible, so they don’t stick when stepped on later – anywhere where dog hair has accumulated over time.

Of course, another idea could be to prevent your dog from shedding so much hair in the first place. With that in mind, let us look at some tips for reducing shedding in your dog.

Tips and Techniques to Reduce Dog Shedding

To begin, not all dogs are equal. Breed, size and age can affect the amount of shedding and hair type you find lying about your house. So do what’s best for your dog.

  • Brush your pet regularly. Some people suggest small brushing sessions daily with more rigorous grooming once a week. This removes dirt & debris from their fur between baths while also preparing the hair shafts, so they don’t irritate undercoat layers (think about how static electricity works).
  • Adjust the diet by adding foods rich in Omega-rich fats like salmon oil which helps produce more sebum; this is a natural moisturiser for dogs’ skin & coats.
  • Introduce them to new surfaces, so they don’t develop allergies or sensitivities (like laminate flooring). When you encounter different surface textures during walks outside or inside your home, give them plenty of time to adjust before starting an activity on it again. This will help prevent excessive licking and scratching. These are both major contributors to pet dander accumulation around the house.
  • Choose the right shampoo and conditioner to help alleviate skin irritation. If your dog is not a fan of baths, consider giving them an oatmeal bath as it can be soothing for sensitive skin types. Use products designed for dogs’ thick coats like shampoos with natural oils
  • Bathe less often (around once every three months), but when you do bathe use, only quality dog shampoos (not human shampoo) or baby wipes. Otherwise, their coat will get too dry and scaly, which leads to more shedding.
  • Give your dog a haircut or trim. This can help reduce shedding around the house by removing excess hair that may not have been brushed out yet. Plus, it will make them look great!
  • Keep up on nail clippings as this helps keep their paws healthy while also reducing shedding from under nails and paw pads (the same concept with pet fur found in carpets).


  1. It is important to clean your car regularly, especially if you have a dog
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush attachment to remove hair from the carpet and seats
  3. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner, use paper towels or cloths soaked in warm water and dish soap
  4. Use old newspapers as lint rollers for small areas of hair that are hard to reach with the vacuum cleaner
  5. Brush your dog daily; this will reduce their shedding by 90%!

These are just a few ways you can remove dog hair from your vehicle without spending too much time and money. With these methods, you should be able to keep your car looking clean for years to come.

Remember, prevention using a good grooming regime can really help in the long term to keep not only your car but also your home clean.

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Head Writer | Collar and Harness Magazine Not Danish, Dane is the other half of Collar & Harness. Having worked in the technology sector for many years - he now immerses himself in all things dogs. Writes about subjects ranging from dog food to canine psychology with a little bit of pup technology thrown in. Dane has been writing for nearly 15 years on the topics he loves. Lives in London.

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