How to Deal with Pet Hair in a Tiny House so You Can Breathe Again

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I live in my tiny house with three dogs, two cats, one husband, and a tiny toddler. Most days, my life is chaos, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. When my family first moved into our tiny house, I had some realistic and unrealistic expectations about living with pet hair in a tiny house.

First, as a dog owner, I was fully aware that hair gets on everything. We already stock up with Costco’s pack of lint rollers. But no one prepared me for how to control the inevitable tumbleweeds of hair that seemingly pop up out of nowhere! Or the amount of dust and dander that builds upon the ceiling, the fan, and pretty much any available surface.

Let in fresh air.

You want a tiny house with a lot of windows so you can let the fresh air inside. This serves two purposes: first to let the dust particles out, and second to air out the smell. Don’t get me started on getting the pet smell out of your tiny house, that’s for another blog post, another day.

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Get a heavy duty duster.

Pet hair in a tiny house is not limited to the air and the floor. It makes a home with dust on your ceiling, your walls, your tv, the ceiling fan, and pretty much any available surface in your home. I have the Swiffer Duster Extender and it works great to get those hard-to-reach places, like our pitched ceiling. The top piece rotates on a swivel, not exactly 360 degrees, but it gets the job done. The duster comes in a kit with everything you need to start, and then I buy the refills when needed. Depending on the job, I use a terry weave microfiber towel because it collects hella dust and is reusable, so it’s better for the environment.

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Vacuum up pet hair in your tiny house.

Let’s be real, no one wants to vacuum every day, but it can certainly feel like you do with pets in a tiny house. Two out of my three dogs are the hypoallergenic type which makes life easier. However, my Labrador retriever and cats are shedding machines.

I chose the Dewalt 20V Max cordless vacuum kit for its small size and hair zapping power. It is lightweight and easy to carry/store around the house. It holds ½ gallon which is big enough when you’re doing regular maintenance around the house.

The battery lasts a long time, and it’s easy to remove to charge. I also love that the battery is interchangeable with other Dewalt products.

My one complaint is that you can’t tell how much battery life is left, so I recommend getting an extra one. This way when the battery does run out you can easily swap it and keep cleaning.

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What do you think of my solutions? Do you have a better idea? Drop it in the comments below!

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