Pets can be your best friends, but they can also be your worst enemy if you have allergies or asthma. Pets shed dander, a mixture of dead skin cells and hair, triggering allergic reactions in certain people.
When you open your door to adorable little puppies or kittens, you adopt the constant odors and pet dander that come with them. Luckily for you, there’s a lot of ways to help your house regain its typical smell. This post will go over a few tips to cut down on pet allergens at home so you, your family, and your pets can live happily ever after! Here are 8 steps you can take to get rid of pet dander.
How To Get Rid Of Dog Allergies Forever
Try Baking Soda or Vinegar
Baking soda is a wonderful neutralizer, excellent for removing all kinds of smells, including pet odors. Anyone ever recommended you leave baking soda in the fridge to eliminate the weird smells? The same concept applies outside of the refrigerator as well!
All you have to do is spatter some of the most pungent areas of the house and let it absorb most of the repugnant odors. Let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum up the baking soda.
Vinegar is also an excellent deodorizer but use it carefully if you have cats in the home. The scent of vinegar is similar to ammonia, which is identical to the smell of pet urine. That said, the pungent smell can attract them to constantly mark or pee in specific locations.
If you’re looking for something more potent than baking soda or vinegar, opt for enzymatic cleaners. They are a great way to target pet urine spots and odors.
Make Sure Pet Accessories Are Clean
Do your pets have a favorite, machine-washable toy? Have you used the same harness and leash every day on your walks for the past year or two? How often do you clean the dog’s bed?
Clean them up – ALL OF THEM! Clean out food and water bowls weekly. Toss toys, leashes, pet beds, and other accessories in the washing machine (separately).
Wash Your Accessories
If you let your dogs and cats onto your bed or couch, consider keeping those areas clean as well. Focus on the areas where your pet stays the most and make sure they’re cleaned and free of pet hair and dander.
Change Your AC Filters regularly ( Every Month)
Replacing your air filters regularly (especially if you live with more than one pet) is a highly effective way to help deal with pet odors. If you’re an avid pet lover and you have allergies or you regularly have guests who may be allergic to your pets, consider replacing your air filters more often than not.
Brush Your Pets Regularly
Brushing keeps your furry buddy’s hair from flying. Some sources suggest brushing your pet every day. Still, it depends on the length of your pet’s fur. The general guideline is that long-haired pets are best brushed daily (to prevent tangling and matting), medium-haired pets can be brushed weekly, and short-haired pets can go a few weeks, but in your smelly case, once a week will get the job done.
Clean Dander-prone Areas
You may need to add some new areas into your cleaning route or limit access to the areas that your pet plays in to manage this dander issue. Follow these easy tips to help get rid of pet dander.
- Do not allow pets near or on your bed anymore.
- Bathe your pet(s) every week and brush regularly.
- Limit your pets’ access to the couch.
- Aside from the carpet, vacuum surfaces like drapes, curtains, sofas, and stairs.
- If you’re not planning on getting rid of the pets, consider replacing carpet with hardwood floors, as carpets are the biggest dander traps.
It’s essential to get a medical diagnosis and not just assume it’s the pet’s doing. Allergy shots from your doctor may help manage this situation. In addition, once you recognize the culprits, it may be easier to get a grip on managing your allergies and keeping your buddies in your heart and home. It’s a win-win situation!
Allerpet is designed to help clean a pet’s coat of dander and allergens such as dried urine and other common irritants that trigger human allergies. After a meticulous brushing to remove dead hair and skin, apply Allerpet to your pet’s coat and watch it work its magic. Do not harm the pet or leave residue on furniture or clothing.
Allerpet is a safe, mild, and non-toxic emollient. Allerpet/D is designed for dogs, and Allerpet/C is intended for cats but can also be used on smaller critters such as ferrets, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, mice, and more.
We know your pets are an invaluable part of your family and that you want to keep them around despite certain co-existing complications. By implementing these tips into your routine, you will significantly reduce (if not eliminate entirely) pet odors and pet dander from your clothes, furniture, and your kids.
Not only will your home be more appealing without these lingering odors, but managing pet dander improves the air quality of the home as well. Be ready for allergy season; include these tips in your regular routine.