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?
- 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.
How can animal dander be completely removed from clothing?
My recommendation would be to apply Shout for a few minutes to those tough stains, just prior to putting your clothes in the washer for cleaning.
The dander here, is that a stain may be set (meaning it cannot be removed) if it has not been treated prior to be machine washed.
I habitually have Shout on hand and apply it to stains that I think will not come out.
When working with protein-based stains, seek a stain remover that has an enzyme-based agent. Enzymes are biological catalysts, which means that they either speed up or change a chemical reaction. When you use an enzyme-based agent, the enzyme enters the stain and breaks up the non-water soluble molecules into smaller, more soluble molecules.
I find that Shout works very well on blood stains as long as the garment is properly treated before washing.
Other cleaning agent may work, but I am comfortable just using Shout.
I know that there are enzyme solutions that dissolve (digest) pet dander used by professionals. It may be worth trying a product I saw in the Amazon branded janitorial supplies ... they had a gallon of concentrated enzyme solution for twenty bucks which is a lot cheaper than enzymes branded specifically to remove pet stains from carpets, etc. Bear in mind that the fabric would have to be dampened with the enzymes and stay damp long enough for the organisms to consume the dander. (Never tried the stuff in gallons but I know those solutions digest pet urine well enough that the stains no longer show in UV light.) The nice thing about enzymes is there is generally no risk of damaging the fabric or altering the color.
There a couple of solutions that you can use to remove animal dander from your fabric. Please find them below:
HEPA filter vacuum cleaner: Use hand attachment of this cleaner to suck dander from your clothes.
Lint brush: You can use this to remove the visible animal danders.
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.
- 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.