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A few months ago, I shared how my daughter used to hate getting her hair brushed due to long hair tangles. We’ve solved that problem, but as anyone with long hair knows, there’s one problem that isn’t going anywhere- how to clean up long hair. My daughter and I both have long hair, and it seems like we both have a shedding problem! I had never thought much about it until one of the boys pooped out one of my hairs one day. I guess he had found the hair in the floor and swallowed it. Generally hairs are harmless, but there are intestinal problems that can happen if a baby swallows a host of hairs. Now I’m more vigilant about maintaining hair-free floors, and between my daughter and myself, it’s not easy. Today I’m sharing a few Simple Tips for Cleaning Up Long Hair that I’ve learned over the years!
1. Use a damp rag to wipe down hair brushing areas. Most people probably do their hair in the bathroom, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, if my daughter is running late and in a hurry, I’ll do her hair in the living room or before she runs out the door. Or I’ll do her hair in her room. This particular day, I might have even done her hair outside on the way to the car.
One important thing in maintaining a hair-free floor is to try to clean the hair up soon after it falls. Once hair falls, it doesn’t take long for it to whisk around the room and land who knows where. Grab a damp rag and quickly wipe around the area where the hair has been brushed after the hair has initially been done. The hair will usually cling to the damp rag, and this will help keep the hair at bay at the source.
2. Use a sticky roller. Grab an inexpensive sticky roller and keep it handy for quick cleaning of couches and other soft surfaces. I’ve discovered lots of hair over the years attached to the couch!
3. Keep the hair from going down the drain. For those who do their hair in the bathroom (me!), wipe around the sink after brushing and styling hair each time. Hair will clog up a drain very quickly, and my ex-plumber husband tells me all the time how terrible some of those drain treatments can be for a sink. When I was growing up, my mom would always make me grab a damp rag that was in the laundry and wipe around the sink or shower after each use. I was always astounded how much hair that I would collect. This was hair that would have made it to the drain had I not wiped it down. So it’s a habit that I’ve continued to this day that works!
4. Invest in a helpful vacuum. For a few days now, I’ve been using the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®. I have seen the commercials for the vacuum, which is currently sold at Walmart, on television, and I have been impressed that the vacuum boasts of a self-cleaning brushroll that removes tangles from the brushroll with the touch of a button. But I wondered if it would be effective for a house with two long haired shedding machines.
In my first official test of the vacuum, I did her hair one morning in the living room. I used the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® to vacuum the immediate area, then tried out the self-cleaning brushroll function. My daughter’s hair is a light blonde color, but hopefully you can see the results in the below before and after!
So it definitely works! This will be extremely helpful when vacuuming up the carpeted areas in my home. I’ll be able to clean up all the hair without worrying about the wear and tear on my vacuum. My three favorite features of the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® are the self-cleaning brushroll, the automatic cord rewind, and the powerful suction that stays consistent regardless of the floor type.
After chasing four kids all day, it’s nice to have a vacuum that cleans up after itself.
Does someone in your family have long hair? How do you combat hair on the floor at your house?