8 Smart Cleaning Techniques
More of this: Brushing pets down to the undercoat once a week outdoors.
Less of that: Chasing after tumbleweeds with the vacuum.
A longtime Real Simple favorite, the Furminator De-shedding Tool (from $37, petco.com) is amazingly effective at grabbing the undercoat hair that raises the fur and dander levels in your home. Get at hair already on upholstery with a lint roller or a cleaning sponge (Four Paws Magic Coat Hair Remover, $10, petco.com).
Everyday grooming tools for couch and pooch can help you get ahead of the shed. (Four Paws Ultimate Touch Slicker wire brush, $12, petco.com.)