Normal washing does not completely remove animal proteins embedded in clothing. Is there a substance that can break down the proteins and render them harmless to allergy sufferers without breaking down the clothing fibers?

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    Did you use a bio detergent? It is better at breaking down proteins, although it can damage wool, silk and other fibres, and aggravate sensitive skin conditions. – Weather Vane Feb 13 at 20:49
  • Good question, but it almost has a forensics tone to it. – Ken Graham Feb 15 at 15:51
  • @WeatherVane: No I don't think so, we're using a sensitive kind because of allergies. I'll have to do some research to see if such products are sold here in Germany, for all I know the EU banned them. – newenglander Feb 19 at 18:45
  • @newenglander - There is no EU ban on biological detergents as far as I know and I'm in the UK. We use bio as there is no bleach component to the detergents – Chris Rogers Sep 23 at 12:36

There a couple of solutions that you can use to remove animal dander from your fabric. Please find them below:

  1. HEPA filter vacuum cleaner: Use hand attachment of this cleaner to suck dander from your clothes.

  2. Lint brush: You can use this to remove the visible animal danders.

  3. Hypo allergenic pet wipes: This can be used to neutralize the allergic effects of dander. Advised to use only on dark and sturdy fabrics as vapor content can cause stain. If unknown about the type of your fabric, try the wipe in unidentified spot and continue according to the result.

  4. Wash using hot water: Local cloth washers have advised to wash them in hottest water possible. This can destroy the microbial allergic particles. Along with, try to use allergen laundry detergent. The market has a wide range of allergen laundry detergents that you can select from.
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  • Hot water is known to denature some allergens.
  • There's special laundry detergent that's designed for allergy sufferers. It will neutralize the allergens either using chemicals or enzymes.
  • Finally if you want to try the natural route, try using a cup of vinegar and hot water combination. The comb should have a denaturing effect as well.
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Unspool some duct tape from a roll and press it against the fabric surface. Wait about 10 seconds, then pull it off. a strip of duct tape can be used up to 5 times like this to pull dander out of clothing. discard after 5 uses, and replace with fresh tape.

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  • Why wait the 10 seconds? – Chris Rogers Sep 23 at 12:32
  • @ChrisRogers, the adhesive on the tape flows slightly over a timescale of some seconds. waiting ten seconds gives the adhesive time enough to make good contact with the dirt particles, so they will come off with the tape when you pull it off. – niels nielsen Sep 23 at 16:28

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