Place duct tape over any stubborn burrs and pull them off quickly. Some burrs will come off with the duct tape.
Burdock belongs to the thistle family and is native to Europe and Northern Asia. Burdock also now grows throughout North America, where it’s considered a weed. The plants have prickly heads — burrs — that catch onto clothing and hair as a way to disperse seeds. An inspiration for Velcro, these tenacious burrs can be difficult to remove from clothing. After a hike or a walk through a meadow, remove burdock burrs as soon as possible from your clothing to minimize the damage.
Wear leather gloves when removing burrs manually. Try to pick off as many burrs as possible with your fingers. Don’t pull too hard, or they can become stuck in the fabric and tear your clothes if they’re imbedded. Be careful when you pull because they can be sharp.
Use a fine-toothed flea comb to dig under the burrs and pry them off your clothes.
Buy a glove specifically designed to remove burrs from clothing if you’re often in the outdoors and end up with burrs on your clothes. Sweep the glove over the burrs, and they will stick it to and become dislodged from your clothes.
We briefly mentioned this before, but burrs are a method of reproduction for a wide variety of plants such as cocklebur and burr-ragweed. The burr is meant to stick to animal fur or, in the case of humans, to our denim and fleece jackets. The hooks have to be very strong and sharp so that they can get really entangled in the fur or fleece until contact with another surface or the animal’s shedding of its fur leaves the burr in a new place where it can become a new plant.
Hikers and backpackers who tend to take their trekking off the beaten path and into brambles and weeds have doubtless had the perturbance upon exiting the bristles and tall weeds of looking down to see that their hiking clothes are completely covered with small, round spores that are covered with sharp hook-shaped bristles. These spores are called burrs (or burs) and they can be a spectacular annoyance if your clothing is thin enough for their sharp bristles to pierce through and get at your skin.
Burr removal for pets
Burrs can be a real annoyance when you’re trying to enjoy the backcountry. There’s a lot of varieties of burrs that come from different plants but unless you’re interested in botany there’s not a lot of use-value in learning specific types of burrs. If you’re out on the trail or enjoying bowhunting and you get covered in burrs, it’s likely to be most convenient to carry a ready-made product like BurzOff to quickly get rid of the vast majority of the burrs. If you don’t notice until you get home or your clothing is thick enough to ignore the burrs until you get home, the process for burr removal is really simple whether or not you go the DIY route or use a metal comb.
Hikers and backpackers know that there are a lot more aggravating things that can happen out in the backcountry than getting some tag-along burrs on your clothing. But that doesn’t make it very pleasant to accidentally snaga finger or get a quick, sharp jab from a burr that’s tagged on to your fleece sweater or hiking boots. Now you can avoid these jagged little seeds since you know how to remove burrs from clothes.
The lid to any aerosol can or tall can will probably be effective because of its round and easy to grip. You can take it in your hand so the bottom is facing down. That is the end with the opening, not the flat top. Use the top held in this manner to scrape away the burrs. Other DIY household items that can be used for burr removal include a divider from your tackle box, the dull end of a knife, or a cup. A bottle cap could be used in a pinch if the burrs are small enough.