Ask Me Anything: Pet Hair, Almond Milk, That Stick Vac

I have a friend who considers himself single, living alone. But nothing could be further from the truth. He has four cats, or as I call them, The Four Shedders.

Max solved his cat hair problem by replacing all of the carpet in his house with laminate flooring and getting a robot vac. Fortunately for today’s first questioner who has her own kind of pet hair problem, I have a much easier (and cheaper!) solution.

Q: How can I remove stubborn pet hair from the carpet in my car? Not one of my three vacuums can remove the hair left behind by my two big dogs. Ellen

A: Grab a pumice stone—the kind we use in foot care to exfoliate dead skin, or to remove a nasty toilet bowl ring—to “scrub” the carpet. Work on a small section at a time, scrubbing in one direction. Prepare to be amazed. That pet hair will surrender and allow you to gather all of it into one pile, the way you might sweep a floor. Then use one of your vacuums to pick it up. You may need to use some elbow grease but it will work because pet hair sticks to the pumice stone more stubbornly than to the carpet. And don’t worry. This will not harm the carpet.

Later from Ellen: I used a pumice stone on a rocker to see if the dog hair would come off it (the rocker needs to be recovered anyway, in case the fabric was damaged). It was AMAZING how quickly and easily the hair just fell onto the floor making it easy to vacuum away. Next: the car! Thank you so much.

Q: How can one tell if almond milk has gone bad? It does not have an odor like traditional cow’s milk. The carton has now passed the expiration date stamped on it. How should I proceed? Patricia

A: Dates stamped on cartons and food items are confusing if not mostly meaningless because product dating is voluntary; there is no standardized system. (Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations.) What you see could be a “sell by” date to help stores manage their inventory or a suggested “best by” date. At any rate, this is what I know about almond milk: It definitely goes bad and you’ll know that because it starts to taste funny—kinda’ sour. And it gets lumpy. If yours doesn’t taste funny or look weird, don’t throw it out. It’s still good.

Food pros pretty much agree that you should use almond milk within 7 to 10 days of opening the carton. Store it in the back of the fridge where it is coldest. Almond milk naturally separates so don’t take that as a sign it is spoiled. It’s not. Shake well before using.

Q: Is the Eufy Cordless Home Vac also for carpeting or just hard surface floors? Gayle  

A:  Yes, it is rated for use on low-pile carpet, but it is not meant to replace your regular vacuum cleaner. Eufy Home Vac (about $99) is hands down my most favorite clean-up friend—a quick picker-upper! It picks up anything on the surface of tile, wood and laminate floors and low-pile carpet—pet hair, crumbs, dust, debris, dustballs, popcorn, cereal and bits and pieces of this and that. But do not expect it to pull out dirt and sand that’s trapped deep within carpet pile. For that you need a fabulous, inexpensive vacuum cleaner!

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4 replies
  1. Shelley Geary says:

    I was all ready to buy a Eufy Robovac on your recommendation from Amazon when I noticed a comment that you can’t get a replacement battery for it. How long does the battery last? Have you heard about this before? Please advise.

  2. Kathy says:

    I found the best thing that got dog hair out of my car was my pair of gardening gloves. The palms & fingers were rough rubber and I would just rub my hands along the carpet & piled up the hair, which I would then just lift out and discard.

  3. Nancy Akerly says:

    I have had my Eufy for about six weeks and was. Erybpleased with it at first, easy to clean, picked up pet hair, etc. but it isn’t picking up nearly as much now. I cleaned the brushes and the bin. Can you suggest what else I might need to do?


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