Tuesday, June 3, 2014

lilly brush

This contest is now closed for entries! Thanks to everyone who entered -- winners will be announced soon!

It's not often that I review things here on my blog, but I've been meaning to do it more often. This year at TNNA I got to connect with a great new company - Lilly Brush, Co. They make these magical little brushes that take pills, pet hair, dust, and even dirt off of your clothing and upholstery.


The original Lilly Brush has been marketed to those of us in the knitting world as the better pill-remover. Unlike a sweater shaver or sweater comb, it isn't rough on and doesn't damage the fibers. Sometimes if you get too close with a sweater shaver on natural fibers, it can remove chunks and make weak spots that turn into holes over time. Not so with the Lilly Brush, which as soft nylon bristles and works maybe even better than my favorite sweater comb.

I decided to try it out on some other uses around my house. I used the brush to clean cat hair off of my clothes and some velveteen chairs in my studio. It removed the pet hair faster than a lint roller, and more efficiently. It feels good that I don't have to peel six sticky-paper sheets off the roller every time I need to get yellow Russie hairs off of my chairs! Not to mention that the Lilly Brush, by nature of being reusable, will save me money and save the environment some trash.


I immediately wrote the company saying that I loved their product, and they asked if I'd like to review their other brush -- the Be Forever Furless brush. So they sent me one in the mail. As you can see, the BFF brush is larger and styled less compactly than the original Lilly Brush, which is about the size of a pencil case. It's marketed specifically towards getting pet hair off of your furniture, so I decided to give it a real challenge and try it out on the most hairy object in our house: the cat bed.

If you don't think this is disgusting enough in it's current state, you need to consider that the color of this object is dark brown. Not beige. Not taupe. Dark brown. So that current color is 90% pale white, Leopold cat hairs. So gross. For illustration, I brushed half of it (two passes) with the BFF brush. Look, it's brown again!



The BFF brush gathers your pet hair into these neat little rolls that clump on the sides of the brush -- you can just peel them off and keep going. And I did! I cleaned the whole thing with about two passes. Imagine what it does on standard levels of cat hair (or dog hair) furniture coverage!


And now for the BEST part! Thanks to Lilly Brush, Co., I am able to give away one of each of these brushes to a lucky reader. That's right, I have TWO brushes -- the original Lilly Brush and the Be Forever Furless brush to give away. 



To win, simply leave me a comment saying which one you would use most, and what you would use it on first! (Everybody has that super-pilly sweater or ultra-hair covered chair in their house, come on, share!) Contest ends on June 10th.

This giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered -- winners announced soon!

63 comments:

  1. I'd probably use the Save Our Sweaters brush more; I have more sweaters, and delightfully, our couch doesn't tend to gather much fur. I have a lot of pill-y clothes right now, and they need some help.

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  2. Pills on clothes are a hard thing to swallow if you still wear them to work. I would use the Save our Sweaters brush more.

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  3. Pills on clothing are a difficult thing to swallow. Especially if you still want to wear them to work. I would choose the Save our Sweaters Brush for more use. My cat can serve as a self floor duster when we play and I roll her on the hardwood entry..

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  4. I think the sweater one would get more use in our house (leather furniture), but I think the pet one would be SUPER handy for the car! Our seats in the car are covered in dog fur!

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  5. Oh heavens, I need a new sweater brush! Mine is worn right out. I was actually looking at this one as a possible replacement!

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  6. I would use the Forever Furless every day! I have a microfiber couch and 4 fur babies!

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  7. I would use the Be Forever Furless every day! I have a microfiber couch and 4 fur babies!

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  8. I've actually been meaning to pick up one of the sweater brushes, since my current method of pill removal is actually just pulling them off individually by hand.

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  9. I would totally love the pet brush! I would use it on the the puppy beds in the living room so it looks they are actually clean. No matter how much I wash the covers and lint brush, vacuum, hand pick, etc., they still look like a mess!

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  10. I would like to try the Forever Furless. My dog loves to lay on the love seat. I keep a blanket on the love seat but I still see short dog hairs.

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  11. With 4 cats & 3 dogs, one of which is a Bernese Mountain Dog - ( a mountain of shedding fur!) I'd go for the FurEver Furless. I think it would be used constantly in my house. :-)

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  12. I would love the Save our Sweaters. Right now, I get rid of pills the old fashioned way: by hand. Needless to say, I don't do a very good job of it!

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  13. With no pets, I'd go for the SOS to use almost exclusively on my "Hey Teach" in Malabrigo. Gorgeous yarn, the sweater is so soft, but SOOOO pilly!
    -Megpie on Ravelry

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  14. I would use the sweater one the most! :) My first sweater, which I knit last year, has lots of pills on it, so I would probably use it on that first.

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  15. I've been hearing a out these brushes and would LOVE to try the pet brush. Our one tiny cat manages to leave behind unbelievable amounts of fur!

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  16. I would be using the Forever Furless on my desk chair - which starts out black, but eventually becomes beigeish... and the vacuum, no matter how powerful, never gets all of the hair out, so I wind up having to sit on a bath towel.

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  17. I'm thinking if the SOS brush works to pick up pet hair, perhaps the BFF works on sweater pills (?), so I'd choose the BFF. The shape looks more convenient, especially for large areas. (Big Guy = Big Sweaters!) . Thanks for the giveaway. KittenWhiplash on rav.

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  18. I would use the forever furless on my dog's bed.

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  19. I'd like the Be Forever Furless to gift to my sister, who's a neat freak. She has 4 cats and probably spends a ton of time defurring her house. The BFF will give her more time to spend in the hot tub!

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  20. Either would be great, but I see myself getting a Be Forever Furless in my future! Lint rollers never work as well as they should and seem so wasteful. Thank you for sharing!

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  21. I would totally love to get my paws (har har) on the pet brush, because four cats and two dogs means fur everywhere! I think the first thing I would clean off is the blanket they lay on cushion like in front of the window.

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  22. I like both, but I think I'd use the sweater brush more. Luckily my fur baby doesn't leave too much hair around.

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  23. Oh man, I'd be using both all the time, but the sweater brush- that's the kind of thing I'd want to keep one of in my purse, one at home, one in the car... We wear a lot of sweaters. A lot of merino sweaters.

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  24. I would use the Forever Furless. It would be immediately used on my work clothes.

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  25. I would use the Be Forever Furless brush on the comforter on my bed where the cat sleeps all day!

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  26. Ohhh I wish I had both of those! I'd definitely use the pet hair brush on my boyfriends' sofa, bed, everywhere, since he has a cat and I'm allergic (but endure it cuz I love the fluffballs) and we're moving into our new condo soon! And I'd use the sweater brush on my bought-secondhand cashmere and hand-knit sweaters to make them good as new :)

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  27. I would use the original Lilly Brush. The first thing I'd use it on is a sweater that has pilled badly.

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  28. I definitely need a BFF--but not cleaning up pet hair. For my own hair! It gets everywhere!!

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  29. I would love to try the Save our Sweater. I have a few Handspun sweaters that need some de-piling love.
    Jude

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  30. Be Forever Furless would get such a work out in my house! We have 2 cats... and our ottoman is always fuzzy!

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  31. I have two dogs that shed white-ish hair (even the black one has a white undercoat) and a wardrobe of 90% black and dark gray items. I also just got a velvet couch, because I'm insane. It's fair to say they'd both be getting a lot of use! But probably the Lilly, as it seems like an easier size for clothing (and I've got plenty of pilly knits too.)

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  32. The Save Our Sweaters brush would get the most use in this house. I hate how sweaters pill on the underarm area and am always looking for a solution. Thanks for the give-away.
    Strawberrykid on Ravelry.

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  33. I would use the SOS tons! First up would be my favourite cashmere sweater that I'm afraid of using my sweater shaver on.

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  34. It's a tossup, I have a long hair cat that likes to selp on this one sweater, she steals it and sleeps on it , barring that she is always on my sofa.

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  35. My long haired black cat sleeps on our orange sofa... would love a quick way to clean up!

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  36. I desperately need both! But probably the fur one would be preferable right now - all my handknit sweaters are too new!

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  37. Save Our Sweaters. I don't even own a sweater shaver so you can imagine what my older sweaters look like.

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  38. My neighbor's long haired white cat is starved for attention. She streaks across the street the minute she hears my front door open or when I pull in the driveway. Of course, I have to stop and pet her and she wants me to sit on the steps and get in my lap. Being a bit chunky myself I wear A LOT of black and her white hairs just attach to me like nobody's business. The fur come off in my hands and even swirls in the air! So, yes I would LOVE the "Be Forever Furless" brush.

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  39. I would love to use the Be Forever Furless brush. My furniture could really use daily updating with two big dogs that love to curl up on the sofa all the time. Thank you.

    rosebudscott1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  40. Both, either!! I am an avid knitter so I have plenty of sweaters that need the pills removed-especially the ones I've knit for DH. We have a computer chair that has cat hair embedded into it. I'd love to see the chair again.

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  41. Hi Hannah!! Awesome post btw, if I don't win this, I'm definitely going to go out and buy. I would use both of these brushes, definitely. I'd probably use the pet hair one first becuase my darling Princess Leia (Persian cat) loves leaving a layer of her long hair wherever she goes. That demo you had in your blog post looks way too familiar to me... it's gross that we have a couch just like that. I'd definitely use the de-piller brush as well though - I have a ton of sweaters that are in great condition except for the pills. I'm trying to save money for our big move and not having to replace some of these sweaters because I could "refresh" them would be amazing.

    Thanks again for such a great review - love your blog :-)

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  42. I would love to give the Save Our Sweater a try.

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  43. I've actually never used a sweater brush before because I kept reading bad reviews - clearly I wasn't looking at the right brush! I would love to try the Save our Sweater brush - esp. on my favorite red sweater I wear every Christmas!

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  44. I would use the sweater brush most. I have a few sweaters badly in need of some de-pilling.

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  45. Wow, it's a tough call on which one I would use most! Probably the smaller sweater brush, which I would tuck in my purse. I would depill some favorite sweaters first off, and I would always keep it tucked in my purse. I wear lots of professional black clothing and always have a lint lifter on hand. I'd love to have something more environmentally friendly.

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  46. I want a new dark gray couch. But even more than that I want a BFF (Be Forever Furless). I have a constantly shedding, blonde Labrador Retriever. When I saw your product on Amazon.com...I thought it must be too good to be true. A brush that you don't have to purchase refills for and actually picks up all the fur with a few passes. One of my biggest fears is that my arm will get tired from all the brush strokes or even worse yet that I will have to do "double-duty" and pluck from my furniture any remaining puppy hairs that the brush didn't pick up....ughh. After reading the Amazon reviews, for the first time I feel excitement that this may be the answer to "all my blonde puppy hair on dark upholstered furniture" problems. It's most embarrassing, even after you've vacuumed and cleaned, when other's come over to your house and see all the hair too. Please make it possible for me to purchase that dark gray couch. I will forever be grateful because the last thing I want to do is be forced to match the color of all my upholstered furniture to my blonde dog's coat. Thanks!

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  47. I would definitely use the BFF brush more. I have 5, yes 5, cocker spaniels, and I think you can guess how much dog fur there is wandering around my house on its own...probably enough to make one more cocker spaniel with interesting coloring. I would most likely start with the comforter on my bed and the loveseat in the front room. After that it would come out every time I got dressed so I didn't look like a cocker spaniel myself. :)

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  48. I would use the Save our Sweaters (only it would be used on so much more than sweaters). Thank you for hosting such a generous giveaway! ;)

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  49. I'm about to start my very first adult sweater for myself; so I'm not at the stage of pill issues yet. I think my mom would benefit more from the Be Forever Furless for all the Blausy hairs Blau gets on all the furniture she sleeps on! We've actually used a velveteen (?) version of an upholstery brush for years since I'm super allergic to the adhesives (especially Scotchguard!) in the sticky ones.

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  50. Save our Sweaters would definitely be used most (no pets at home). The first thing to be saved would probably be an old black cardigan that has pilled everywhere!

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  51. I would use the sweater brush on my cozy wear around the house sweater. Thank you

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  52. I would use the original Save Our Sweaters more. I have a wonderful merino wool sweater that I knit that really needs a good de-pill. It is a wonderful sweater and I wear it all the time, hence the pilling!

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  53. It's a hard decision. I probably have a greater need for the sweater brush. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. It's a hard decision. I probably have a greater need for the sweater brush. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. I absolutely need the Forever Furless more! My little black and white dog sheds what seems like an entire dog's worth of hair every day, and because he's black and white, you can see some of his hair on everything, every color...nothing is safe from his little soft furballs. :)

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  56. The sweater brush would be a life saver whenever I get stuck with fibres all over my clothes from spinning :P

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  57. Since we are a pet-less household, I would use the sweater brush...a lot! Thanks for the chance,

    Carol

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  58. I would probably use the pet brush first. I've got two lovely kitties who adore leaving their fur glued to every piece of furniture I own!

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  59. With a white and gray cat, a tortie cat, a black cat, and a white and black dog, everything - EVERYTHING - in my house is very furry. I believe I could vacuum 3 times a day and still have pet-fur tumbleweeds in my house. I think I could use the Forever Furless brush the most.

    However, ALL my sweaters are pilly across my ample cleavage. So, I could not go wrong with the sweater brush.

    Jane Thomas, Tennessee, jetlady726@yahoo.com

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  60. What a great product! I have three dogs (Corgi, Frenchton, and Boston Terrier), our house is dog hair. The pet hair brush would be put to good use around here.

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  61. At this time, Forever Furless is covered by me!!! Thanks for sharing this info and opportunity! :-)

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  62. much to my kids disgust we don't have pets so it's an easy choice for me. I'd love to try the original sweater brush. Thanks for this chance!

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  63. I'd love to try the sweater brush. Our furniture is relatively fur free (leather), but the sweaters sure get a workout. Thanks.

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