Owning a pet has a lot of perks – companionship, unconditional love, stress relief and many others – but putting up with a daunting amount of pet dander is not one of them.
If you or someone in your home suffers from pet allergies, this can make your home unpleasant to be in because of breathing issues that come as a result to the dander that’s shed by your pet.
In this article, we’ll show you 5 simple ways for how to get rid of pet dander so that you can go back to fully enjoying the company of your pets.
1) Clean all Surfaces
One of the toughest challenges with pet dander is that it likes to latch onto everything it lands on. This unfortunate factor makes it seems impossible to get rid of, but there are some simple steps you can take to remove it from most surfaces.
- Solid Surfaces
The easiest way to get rid of pet dander from baseboards, ceilings, walls and solid furniture is by wiping it down with an all-purpose cleaner and a rag. We suggest trying Method Home Cleaning products, because they’re formulated with naturally derived ingredients that are safe for both you and your pets.
- Furniture and Curtains
Removing dander from upholstered furniture and curtains requires a different technique. There are a number of pet dander and hair removal products on the market, but the easiest and cheapest way to pick up dander is by using a lint roller with sticky tape. Simply roll it over the surface of the furniture and drapes to pick up any flecks of skin or protein that has been shed by your pet. If you want to go the extra mile you can always shampoo your upholstery to ensure that it’s super clean.
Finally, carpets are the most notorious places for collecting pet dander. If you neglect to clean this surface thoroughly, you’ll never eradicate your pet dander problem because with every pass through of a person or pet, dander particles will continue to be kicked back up in to the air. The best way to remove these particles is by cleaning it with a vacuum that has a HEPA grade filter. This filter is certified to collect particles as small as 0.3 microns, which includes dander shed by pets.
2) Bathe Your Pet Regularly
Let’s face it, most of us don’t bathe our pets regularly. Why? Because, most of the time they hate it!
However, if you want to gain control of the pet dander in your home you really need to give your pet a bath at least once per month, but ideally every one to two weeks.
In fact, according to the Humane Society bathing weekly can reduce the level of dander on fur up to 84%.
There are many products for sale that claim to be the best dander shampoo on the market, but you can make a simple formula at home by using liquid Joy dish washing soap, white vinegar and glycerin. Or, just pick up a cheap bottle of baby shampoo – it makes an excellent neutralizer for dander.
3) Try a Dander Remover Spray
If you can’t bathe your pet regularly, for whatever reason, a dander remover spray is your next best bet. These sprays are made up of natural enzymes that work to eliminate pet dander and reduce odors.
This type of spray is also useful for people that have cats or dogs and are expecting a visitor who is allergic to pets. All you do is spray your pet’s fur with it and wipe of the excess. Some products even come in disposable wipes, which can be even more convenient. A top choice to try is Nature’s Miracle Dander Remover and Coat Deodorizer Spray.
4) Install a Portable HEPA Air Purifier
As we mentioned in tip #1, a HEPA filter is the best way for how to get rid of pet dander in carpets. This same thing is true for maintaining dander free air inside your home.
It’s not always feasible to hand clean every surface of your home, much less shampoo or use a lint roller on your furniture and/or curtains. Fortunately, a HEPA air purifier can handle all of this for you.
This product works by constantly pulling in pet dander from the air and stripping it from surfaces around the room and trapping it inside the filter. This prevents it from every returning to the air or falling back onto the floors, furniture or drapes. Since an air purifier is so powerful it can greatly reduce the need to clean a room by hand.
Depending on the severity of your problem, you may just want one air purifier for you main living room or several to place in various rooms inside your home, like a bedroom too. Take a look at our article on the best air purifier pets, dander and hair to find out what features to look for in a device.
5) Cover Bedding with Allergy Free Covers
Our final tip for reducing dander in your home is focused on the bedroom.
Many of us tend to let our cats and dogs roam free throughout our entire households, including our bedrooms. And, for some of us, it’s not unusual for them to sleep in our beds.
In order to keep a dander-free bedroom, it’s best to cover all bedding, pillows and mattresses with an allergen-free cover. These cases are excellent at preventing pet dander from embedding itself into the surface, which makes it harder to get rid of. However, this doesn’t give you an excuse not to vacuum your room regularly. Protein and skin flakes will still collect on the floor and a thorough cleaning is important to stay in control of the problem.
What About Pet Hair?
While this article focused on getting rid of the dander that’s produced by your pets, most animals also shed hair too.
For those of you who also want to eliminate unsightly pet hair that collects on carpet, furniture and other areas of the home, take a look at our article on Simple Tricks for How to Get Rid of Pet Hair.