Especially now that I have kids, figuring out how to clean velcro became very important. From cloth diapers to coats, there is velcro on so many things in our home. But having long hair and two dogs, there are lots of thing that get into the hook and loop fasteners that I don’t want there. Not only does it look awful, but it makes the velcro not work properly. So here’s a quick and easy way to improve the function of your hook and loop velcro and get out the lint and other unwanted and unsightly visitors.
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Clean Hoop and Loop Velcro without Headaches
Instead of sitting there meticulously picking out hair and other pieces of whatever came your way and decided to attach itself to your velcro, there is an inexpensive and simple solution.
So what’s the secret weapon? It’s called a Snappi. It’s intended purpose is to replace safety pins for families that use old-school cloth diapers. While we are a cloth diapering family, you don’t need to even have kids to purchases and use this awesome tool. It’s small (fits inside of the palm of your hand) and durable, making it ideal for any laundry room for a quick and easy fix when you notice your velcro getting a little dirtier.
Watch a Video of how I cleaned velcro out of a thrift store find
Steps to get fur and hair out of Velcro
1. Hold clothing or piece of velcro between your hand gripping it firmly with your thumb. You want to make sure that you don’t snag anything and that you can effectively pull out as much lint as possible. (And realize it may not be perfect when you’re done, but if it looks 99% better and works better, then that’s the goal!)
2. Grip Snappi with your other hand, placing your thumb over the back of the claw. Again, a good grip is necessary and helps with efficiency.
3. Make quickly downward motions with the claw of the Snappi fastener and continue to move all of the accumulated hair down the hook and loop fastener. As you do these quick motions and gather up all the junk that is in the aplix, velcro, and hook and loop fasteners, it will ball up.
4. Pick the balls of lint up and out of the claw/velcro.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!