Hair, hair everywhere

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

Heather says:

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.

Good luck!

*I use a cloth pad on mine, shake it outside, and toss it in the wash.

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  1. Heather on March 20, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Bridgett- You’re right, it won’t, but by keeping the hair confined to an area and not tracked all over, it may reduce how often you need to vacuum.

    Knit- I think they are somewhere in the $12-$15 range. If you are of the especially frugal mindset, you can cut rags to fit the wand. However, do keep in mind that you must then deal with the hair on the rags at some point. Also don’t worry, the fear of the vacuum is pretty common, especially around her age. It will pass. My 3yo loves to vacuum, I let him, I figure even if he’s not doing it MY way, he’s still sucking up some dirt.

  2. knitaddict on March 20, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    How much are those swiffers? Most of the time, I wait until my daughter is out of the house to vacuum…so I got a RUDE awakening the other day when, pressed for time, I decided to vacuum while she played in the next room. I turned around to see if it was bothering her and she was SOBBING. (she’s 20 mos) It TOTALLY freaked her out…so I’m interested in something swifferish to pick up the chunky pieces…I can only go so long until my home looks awful! I’ve gotta vacuum sometime!

  3. bridgett on March 19, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    I so love Swiffer. For me, it works better than a stick vac and my kid thinks zipping it around the floor is big fun. However, that won’t help for carpets.

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