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Anti-Allergen Spray/Solution

I'm debating purchasing anti-allergen spray for our new home, after a few nights we suspect there is cat dander present.  Has anyone used these sprays that claim to "denature" the proteins in allergens or know if that's even possible.  I have washed the walls and cleaned the carpets already.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and welcome Kestes … hugs on the kitty dander!

    I know that Kathy P has talked about a spray that she has used. I'll send up a flare for her to check in when she gets a chance.

    Another option is to have the home cleaned professionally — Stanley Steemer is  certified by the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program.

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program is administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at

  • K8sMom2002

    When I flagged down Kathy P, she pointed me in the direction of … In that reply she has a link to some products that are similar to what she used.

  • Jen

    Hi kestes,

    Welcome to AAFA's asthma support forums.  What symptoms are making you suspect cat dander in the home?

  • kestes

    As a child, any home with a cat sent me into a full blown asthma attack if I tried to spend the night.  This past weekend, my 7 year old had his first ever asthma attack, the very first weekend we stayed in a new place.  Congestion, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing were his symptoms before we had to take him for emergency help.  The reason I'm thinking cat dander is his attack was very similar to the ones I had at his age.  Up until now he has just showed regular seasonal allergies.  As you can imagine, this is a stressful thing considering we just made this gigantic purchase of a home he may be allergic to.  It is a lake house, weekend home that has had many owners, but I cleaned very well before we slept there.  Thinking I need to clean more.  Thank you for your interest and help!

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs on such a bad experience the first weekend at your new place, Kestes … asthma attacks can look really similar regardless of the trigger — at least in my experience. My DD has different triggers than I do, but they were very similar to mine. 

    Has your pediatrician recommended following up with an allergist or a pulmonologist? An allergist can help figure out what allergic triggers may be contributing to the asthma.

  • Kathy P

    Did you get the spray and use it? I've used it in the past. When we bought our house, the previous owners had cats. Well, after a few days, I was miserable and couldn't breathe! I got the allergen neutralizing spray and went to town on our bedroom and the office (I worked from home). It really made a huge difference! I sprayed the carpets and baseboards and sprayed a rag on a mop to wipe down the Walls. We had popcorn ceilings, so I couldn't do anything with that. 

  • Shea

    Cat dander is hard to get rid of. I am highly allergic, and if there is anything I have learned, it is allergies are no joke. If it was my new home, I would rip up the carpets, at least in the bedroom of the person with allergy, and keep hepa air purifier in the room. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, you have had to be so careful and thorough! 

    @kestes, I'm hoping the spray worked and that things have settled down?

  • K8sMom2002

    I am trying something new-to-me that I didn't know about — and so far, I'm loving it!

    I've always given Febreze a bad rap because so many of the highly scented varieties stir up my asthma. But then I saw a link to an unscented version on the . I didn't even realize there WAS an unscented version!

    I did some digging this weekend and while I couldn't find the unscented anti-allergen version in my Wal-Mart, I did find a very lightly scented anti-allergen one. You should have seen me in Wal-Mart. I actually sprayed out a bit and did a check of it before I bought it.  

    It is so lightly scented that it doesn't stir up my asthma or cause breathing problems for me, and it seems to help with stinky odors. Plus, since it's certified and tested (gonna paste my go-to quote about the certification program in a bit), I feel like it's actually more likely to DO something rather than cover up smells.

    Here's the info I've found about the :

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at

  • K8sMom2002

    It's working very well — it handles the strong stinky odors without having an overwhelming fragrance itself.

    I even have used it on non-fabric problem areas. The other day my DH didn't take out the trash before we left to pick DD up for camp, and there must have been a raw meat tray left in it.  Baaaad smell when we walked back in the door that evening, baaaaad smell. Even after we took out the trash, it was still pretty awful. So I grabbed the bottle and spritzed it in the bottom of the trash can. It handled it. I'm a believer!

  • K8sMom2002

    Someone was asking me about dog dander today, and how to handle it in a pre-owned car … @kestes, I was wondering if you'd tried out any of those sprays? What eventually worked in your new home?