Dear Home Ec 101:
I hate vacuuming. It’s just so noisy and hard to haul around and then put back in the closet.
I also shed like crazy (I especially did after the birth of my daughter). Do you have any advice on how to keep hair off of the carpet and bathroom floors without having to vacuum every day? Thanks for your help!
~Yeti in Yemassee
Hate to vacuum? Don’t worry it won’t be that long until your rugrat can be in charge of that chore. My 3yo actually thinks vacuuming is a treat. Once he gets the hang of wrapping up the cord, I’ll be set, but I digress.
The most important thing is to get your own shedding under control. Some hairloss may be caused by your diet, take a look and be sure you are getting all of your vitamins and minerals. It is very normal to have a “big shed” after having a baby, but always talk to your doctor if you are concerned.
I’m a “shedder,” too. With red hair, I never can blame it on anyone else, so I usually wear my hair up, especially when cooking. To keep it under control I thoroughly brush everyday just before my shower. This helps encourage any loose hairs to be shed while shampooing. I also only brush my hair in the bathroom, so strays aren’t drifting throughout the house.
I don’t often recommend convenience products, but Swiffers* are great for picking up hair. Ivy would recommend her stick vac, if she were writing this, but I’ve never used one. Either one will keep the hair from being tracked out of your bathroom.
*I use a cloth pad on mine, shake it outside, and toss it in the wash.
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