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I’m allergic to animals.
But see, I love animals. And that makes life a little bit difficult for me. My family is full of the biggest, most lovable pups there are. We see our pets as family members; where we go, they go. I simply refuse to let my allergies limit when and where I spend time with my family. I don’t want to limit who I visit, where I stay, or even how I live life in my own home. I’m one of those who didn’t listen to my doctor’s words of wisdom to get rid of my cat.
I’m not going to tell you it’s a one-time fix-all, but there are super simple, natural steps you can take to make your life much easier. Many of these steps revolve around one of the places that pet fur and dander cling to the most – fabric. And what works best to make that fabric allergen-free? all® free clear.
Living with Pets in Your Own Home
If you’re anything like me, when the doctor suggests you remove your pet from the environment to help with allergies, you look at them like they’re crazy. Your pet is family! Get rid of them? No. Not a chance. And keep them away from you? What?! You want to hold them closer.
So you’ve got to learn to live with them. And that might mean suffering through loads of tissue boxes and itchy eyes, but it doesn’t have to be that hard.
One. First and foremost, wash your clothes, sheets, and blankets with all® free clear liquid detergent or all® free clear Might Pacs®. Why? Because all® free clear is the #1 detergent recommended by allergists (and dermatologists and pediatricians) and it removes 99% of everyday and seasonal allergies.* Yes, 99%. You read that right. This includes cat and dog dander, dust mite matter, ragweed, grass, and tree pollen!
Two. Dust often. Allergens can linger in so many places, and the longer they linger, the more prone they are to getting in the air. Think window ledges, tabletops, nightstands, curtains – all these surfaces hoard the dust. Call me crazy, but it also helps to periodically wipe down walls as they can be collectors too!
Three. Cover furniture with blankets and sheets that make it easy to take off and wash with all® free clear detergent often.
This chair may look pretty and innocent, but it is my cat’s favorite place to do what she does best – nap. It gets covered with fur in a matter of days. A quick wash with all® free clear liquid detergent has me hugging it close and breathing it in! There are easy-to-follow instructions on the package that direct you as to how much to pour. Make sure you follow along with those for best results.
Four. Bathe your pet frequently. This helps to get rid of the shedding fur and dander, preventing it from covering your home. If possible, have a family member do this; the person with the allergies should try to avoid any scratches or dander release that might happen.
Five. If you have carpet, vacuum more than you think you should. You’d be amazed how much fur and dander get trapped in there, and think of how often you’re kicking it up when walking over it.
Living with Pets Outside of Your Home
You might have great friends and family members that go above and beyond to clean their own home when you come to stay or play, but you can always take extra precautions as well when you know (or don’t know) an allergy-inducing situation might arise.
One. Carry baby wipes with you so that you don’t feel like a grouch for not petting their pup. This way, you don’t have to be paranoid about everything you touch thereafter.
Two. Take a separate bag with you to put dirty clothes in (or any clothes that have come into contact with pet fur) so as to keep it away from your truly clean clothes.
Three. Have a blanket in your car, washed with all® free clear liquid detergent or all® free clear Mighty Pacs®, for situations such as a movie night or if you’re spending the night. Same goes for a pillow, especially if you are staying over. (This is a great tip for kids with allergies and those super-fun sleepovers!)
Four. Take a small pack of tissues with you for when those eyes just refuse to hold in the watery itchiness.
Five. This may sound silly, but encourage your family and friends to also wash their hands often, as well as their bedding and clothes with all® free clear detergent. My husband has to take note of this – if he pets a dog and then holds my hand, my precautions are washed down the drain. If they are going to be in close contact with you, that’ll help. Some might offer to cover their furniture with clean sheets, which definitely can’t hurt.
Allergies might make things a bit more challenging for you, but you shouldn’t have to withhold yourself from enjoying the company of pets whether in your own home or surrounded by those you love. You should be free to be who you are and do what you love. Taking these simple steps can make that life a little more obtainable, and help you to breathe easy. This little girl can cuddle up on my bed and I can’t even be mad about it!
Try all® free clear yourself, or take it from someone who has suffered from allergies all her life, and trust that all® free clear will help make life loving on animals a bit more enjoyable. I am #freetobe the pet-lover I am, the fun aunt to my sister’s pups and the mom to my snuggly cat.
You can find all® free clear on the laundry detergent aisle at Wal-Mart. Depending on your washing preferences, our local Wal-Mart in Boone carried both the all® free clear liquid detergent and the all® free clear Mighty Pacs®.
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**Please note, all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies.