How to Get Dog Hair Out of a Clothes Washing Machine

By Laura Payne

Washers and dryers collect dog fur just like clothing does, but all you need to clean your appliances is a vacuum cleaner, some vinegar and a few other cleaning supplies. If you don't clean your washer and dryer regularly, the dog fur will end up right back on your clothing.

Cleaning Your Washing Machine of Dog Fur

Step 1

Make sure the washing machine is completely dry.

Step 2

Attach a soft brush to the vacuum hose.

Step 3

Vacuum the fur from the washing machine drum and any other areas with clinging fur.

Step 4

Remove the drain pump filter per the washing machine instructions manual.

Step 5

Clear out any clumped fur from the filter.

Step 6

Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the washing machine.

Step 7

Run the empty washing machine on the regular cycle with hot water.

Step 8

Mix a quarter-cup of white vinegar with a quart of warm water in a bucket.

Step 9

Dip the sponge into the solution and scrub the inside of the washing machine. Pay close attention to the dispensers, the inside of the door and the rubber seal if the machine is a front-loader. If dispensers are removable, soak them in vinegar before scrubbing.

Step 10

Use a toothbrush to clean the small, hard-to-reach areas of the washing machine.

Step 11

Run the empty washing machine one more time with hot water on the regular cycle -- do not add vinegar.

Cleaning Your Dryer of Dog Fur

Step 1

Remove all fur from the lint trap filter.

Step 2

Remove any additional fur from the lint trap compartment by inserting a lint brush and moving it around the compartment.

Step 3

Vacuum the lint trap compartment with the crevice attachment to remove any remaining fur.