I’ve suffered from dog (and cat) allergies for as long as I can remember, so I know how unpleasant and even downright insufferable it can be.
In fact, one of the main reasons I started this site was to show people how to enjoy spending time with their furry companions without being covered in endless dog hair.
But loose hair, while annoying, isn’t the main culprit behind pet allergies.
According to mayoclinic.org, pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal’s skin cells, saliva, or urine. And when it comes to dogs, the reaction is most often triggered by exposure to a dog’s dander (dead flakes of skin).
That’s not to say that reducing shedding isn’t important; it is. Because dander and other allergens stick to hair. So the less your dog sheds, the less dander is likely to spread around.
But if your dog is making you sneeze, neutralizing the dander itself is key. And in this post, I’ll show you what our top dander removal product choices are.
Before we proceed: I am not a medical doctor, allergist, or veterinarian. This post is intended to share general information about products we like and should NOT be considered medical advice for you or your pet. If you are concerned about allergies for any reason, it’s best to speak to a medical professional.
What Dander Removers Work Best?
There are several different types of dog dander removers on the market, and the one that’s likely to work best will depend mostly on what you need it for.
For instance, do you need to remove dander from your dog, furniture, or clothes? Asking this question can go a long way to helping you choose the best product for your needs.
And once you know what you’ll be using it for, the next thing to consider is what your personal preferences are. For example, if you need a dander remover for your dog’s coat, would you prefer to use a dog grooming wipe, anti-allergen shampoo, or dander removal spray?
Each of these options has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s not always that one product is better than another; it’s what’s better for the situation at hand.
That’s why we’ve included a variety of options in this post to suit different preferences. Ahead, I’ll show you our top dander removal picks and how each method compares to the others to help you make a more informed choice about what’s best for you.
Our Top 7 Dog Dander Remover Picks for 2022
Whether you need to remove dander from your furniture, dog, clothes, or a combination of these, one of the following products is sure to help you out.
How did we pick them?
We chose our top picks by looking at a variety of factors, including the cleaning method (i.e., spray, wipe, or shampoo), what the product is intended to be used for (i.e., furniture, clothes, or your dog’s coat), and how effective it is based on customer reviews.
We also looked at the ingredient list, price, brand, and other factors.
At the end of the day, there’s no guarantee that these products will help reduce your allergies or remove all the dander, but we do believe they are the best of the bunch in 2022.
And we’ll show you what we like (and don’t like) about each one in full detail shortly. But first, here’s a quick overview of our top picks (keep scrolling for the full review of each product):
Our Top 7 Picks
Allerpet’s dander removing solution removes dander from a dog’s coat by binding and removing the proteins they produce, and it’s our top pick because it’s proven to work, easy-to-use, and affordable. It’s also non-toxic, fragrance-free, preservative-free, and contains natural ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, green tea, and rosemary. See full review.
AllerTech’s shampoo safely removes dog dander while neutralizing allergens that can cause irritation and protecting your dog from fleas. And it’s backed by a U.S. company that’s been supplying asthma, sinus, and allergy-related products for over 38 years. So if you’re looking for the best dander removal shampoo, this is it. See full review.
Like the ChomChom, the FURminator isn’t designed specifically for dander, but this is our top-rated dog shedding brush because it does an excellent job of removing loose fur (and any dander that’s stuck to it). So if your dog sheds, this tool is a must. See full review.
1. Allerpet Dog Allergy Relief Dander Remover – Top Pick
Allerpet’s dander remover is designed to remove dander and other allergens from a dog’s coat by binding and removing the proteins they produce.
Unlike the other products on our list, this isn’t a spray, ready-made wipe, or shampoo. Instead, it’s a solution that you apply to an applicator mitt (which is included), and the idea is to use the mitt to apply the solution all over your dog’s hair and skin once a week.
Does it work? Yes. And you don’t have to take our word for it, either. Based on a European university study, anecdotal testing, and the vast majority of online customer reviews, this dander remover works incredibly well for all kinds of dogs.
That said, nothing will stop dander altogether because all dogs have skin that they will eventually shed so that new skin can replace it.
And if you’re super sensitive to allergens or have a heaver shedding dog (like a German Shepherd) it’s likely you’ll need to go beyond using wipes to get the situation under control. In this case, a more comprehensive routine of grooming and cleaning your home is key.
Nevertheless, Allerpet is a U.S. company that has been around since 1988, and they’ve developed a strong reputation in the space. So if you’re looking for a simple, effective dander remover that has proven itself to be a formidable dander fighter, give this a try.
Another great thing about Allerpet’s dander remover is that it’s non-toxic, fragrance-free, preservative-free, and contains natural ingredients such as chamomile, aloe vera, green tea, and rosemary. This means you can avoid using harsh chemicals to neutralize the dander.
It’s also easier to use than shampoo as it doesn’t require rinsing. Although, as I’ll explain in the next section, anti-allergen dog shampoos do have their advantages.
2. AllerTech Anti-Allergen Pet Shampoo – Best Dander Removal Shampoo
The AllerTech anti-allergen pet shampoo is made by Georgia-based company National Allergy, which has been supplying asthma, sinus, and allergy-related products for over 38 years.
The great thing about this shampoo is that it safely removes dog dander while neutralizing allergens that can cause irritation and, at the same time, protects against ticks and fleas.
What’s more, you only have to use it once every 30 days!
There’s no disputing that bathing your dog requires more work than wiping, but this is arguably an easier approach overall since most people bathe their dogs on a monthly basis anyway. So with this product, there’s not much (if anything) that you have to change about your routine.
And this way, you aren’t just removing dander; you’re giving your dog a proper bath that removes odors, conditions their skin and coat, and protects them from nasties like fleas. So this is an excellent option, especially when combined with a proper blow dry and brushing session.
That said, if you’re not keen on bathing your dog every month, or you’re living with tight water restrictions, then a “waterless shampoo” or spray (like the next product) might be better.
3. PeachyDog Dander Removing Spray – Best Dander Removing Spray
PeachyDog’s dander removing spray is ideal if you’re looking for a simple, fast, and natural way to eliminate dander from your dog’s coat.
Aside from removing the dander, this spray moisturizes, soothes, and naturally deodorizes your dog. And it does so using the power of oatmeal, baking soda, and other natural ingredients its infused with, including chamomile, lavender, and vitamins A, D, and E.
This is easier than the previous two methods, too.
The PeachyDog spray acts like a “waterless dog shampoo” where all you need to do is spray it on, no wiping or rinsing required. The only caveat here is that if your dog has a thick, wooly coat, you might need to help work it in with your fingers or a brush so that it reaches the skin.
Still, it’s super easy to use. And because the formula is soap and detergent free, it won’t strip your dog’s coat. This matters because your dog’s natural skin oils help keep his coat healthy, which in turn can prevent excessive shedding due to dryness or irritation. And the less your dog sheds, the less chance there is that they’ll be spreading dander around your home.
Another cool thing about this spray is that it acts as a detangler, so it’s ideal to use when brushing, especially if your dog is prone to mats, tangles, and knots.
This is the easiest solution for removing dog dander on this list; all you need to do is whip out a Furbliss wipe and clean, naturally deodorize, and condition your dog’s skin and hair.
Each hypoallergenic wipe is free of alcohol, parabens, and other harsh chemicals and contains all-natural ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E to keep your dog’s coat in top shape.
These wipes aren’t specifically designed to remove dog dander, though, which is one of the reasons it’s not our top recommendation. But they are super easy to use and are designed to clean your dog from head to tail while gently conditioning the skin.
So this could be a good option for smaller, less allergenic dogs and for situations where you want a simple solution for cleaning your dog while out and about.
5. Allergy Asthma Clean Allergen Spray – Best Home Dander Cleaner
This product isn’t meant to be used directly on your dog. Instead, it’s a spray designed to be sprayed in the air and on most surfaces that have come into contact with dander.
How does it work?
To start with, instead of shipping water, the company prefills each bottle with its unique mineral concentrate. So you add the water to the bottle when you’re ready to use it. And from there, all you need to do is spray wherever you want to neutralize cat or dog dander.
According to the company, the spray attracts and attaches to allergen molecules and proteins from non-living matter (like dog dander), which are then “encapsulated, dehydrated, and reduced” using FDA GRAS and food-grade minerals.
I’m not an expert on the science behind how the spray works, but this has been lab-tested by a third-party company called Indoor Biotechnologies. Not to mention, the company has helped hundreds of thousands of customers, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
So it has been proven to work.
Again, this is not meant to be sprayed directly on your dog. So the other products I’ve highlighted are best for removing dander at the source (i.e., your dog).
But it is designed to safely and effectively reduce dander from most surfaces, including carpet, bedding, sofas, flooring, the air in the room, and air filters. So if you’re looking for a “one-spray solution” for dog dander, give this a go.
6. ChomChom Pet Hair Remover – Best for Clothes and Furniture
The ChomChom pet hair removal tool is ideal for removing loose dog hair from your clothes and furniture. It’s not specifically designed to target dander, but it can make a huge difference since dander sticks to dog hair.
So the less hair you have stuck to your clothes, furniture, and bedding, the less chance there is that you’ll be breathing in dander and other allergens that may be hitching a ride on the fur.
The way it works is similar to a regular lint roller, except you don’t have to brush in a certain direction. Instead, you can brush it back and forth in any direction until the hair is gone.
And the ChomChom features a built-in fur trap, so when you’re done brushing, you can release the old fur into the bin at the push of a button, which makes it very easy to clean.
Alternatively, if you want to pick up more dander rather than hair, a sticky lint roller is arguably better. These are more wasteful, cost more in the long run, and aren’t as good at removing the hair itself, but smaller dander particles tend to stick to these better.
And the best value sticky lint roller I’ve come across is this one from PetLovers:
7. FURminator Deshedding Tool for Dogs – Best Shedding Tool
The FURminator is our top-rated de-shedding tool (and has been for several years in a row) because it does an excellent job of removing loose fur from virtually any dog.
In short, this tool features a stainless steel comb designed to remove old hair from your dog’s coat, a comfortable handle, and a fur ejection button for easy cleaning.
Like the last pick, it’s not specifically designed for removing dander, but it’s an invaluable tool to have if your dog sheds as it’ll help remove dander and other crusty allergens that are stuck to your dog’s coat. So it’s ideal to use with one of the other products we discussed.
For example, you could brush your dog before wiping on Allerpet’s dander remover solution or using PeachyDog’s spray. And since the latter can help detangle fur, this can be especially worthwhile if your dog has long, knot-prone hair.
Or you could use the FURminator after a bath with AllerTech’s anti-allergen dog shampoo (once he’s dry) for a more complete dander-ridding solution.
Either way, if your dog sheds, it’s well worth grabbing a FURminator. This is the best de-shedding brush I’ve ever used, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Do Home Dander Removal Remedies Work?
There are numerous different home remedies people use to try to reduce dander (sometimes referred to as dandruff), but the results are mostly anecdotal.
The best and safest “home remedies” are ensuring that your dog’s diet is optimal, that they have access to sufficient clean drinking water throughout the day, and that they are getting regular exercise. These can help ensure your dog (and his skin and coat) is healthy.
But if you already have that dialed in, here are some ideas:
- Oatmeal is often used to help soothe dry, itchy skin, which is why some bathe their dog with it. This isn’t a 100% solution for dander or allergies by any means, but dry, itchy skin is the last thing you want if your goal is to reduce dander. And if you want to give this method a try, this DIY oatmeal dog bath guide shows you how.
- Another home remedy I came across while researching this topic was rinsing your dog with a lime and water solution after a bath, which is said to be effective due to the lime’s vitamin C content. I haven’t tried this method, but some say it works well.
- If your dog has really dry skin and sheds, one popular home remedy is massaging some coconut oil into his skin. Some also suggest adding a (very) small amount to your dog’s meal on occasion. And the same goes for olive oil and fish oil, which both contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These are generally considered safe for dogs in small amounts, but I’d recommend checking with your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet.
On that last point, there are some supplements designed to reduce shedding and improve a dog’s coat that you may find worthwhile. A store-bought supplement obviously isn’t a home remedy, and these are not meant to take the place of a healthy diet, but supplements can be a quick and effective way to add some omega-3s to your dog’s diet.
Winning the Doggy Dander Battle
Any of the products we discussed earlier can help you manage dog dander, but if you want to turn things up a notch, it might be worth taking a more holistic approach that includes grooming your dog, cleaning your home, and getting the hair and dander off your clothes.
And in this section, that’s exactly what I’ll show you how to do.
Grooming Your Dog
The best way to remove dander from your dog is through proper grooming. If a wipe, spray, or shampoo does the job on its own, good and well. But if not, consider giving your dog a comprehensive wash, dry, and brush once a month or so.
- Bathing: A good bath with a high-quality anti-allergen shampoo is the first step in the grooming process. Doing this can remove a lot of the old fur and dander while moisturizing your dog’s skin. It can also be worth using a dog bathtub as these can help you save water and contain the mess instead of spreading the dander around your bathroom.
- Drying: Most people towel dry their dog after bathing, which is fine, but blow drying is the optimal approach for a few reasons. First, you’re less likely to cause mats with a blow dryer. Second, blow drying removes a LOT more loose fur. And third, a towel catches dander and loose fur, which can end up in your washing machine and, ultimately, on other linen or the clothes you wear. It’s best to do it outside, though, otherwise, you could spread more dander around. And always use a purpose-built dog hair blow dryer or a regular hair dryer with a low heat setting.
- Brushing: Once you’ve bathed and dried your dog, the next step is to brush your dog thoroughly, as this can remove a lot of dander and old fur from your dog before it has a chance to fall onto your floors and furniture. As mentioned, our top pick is the FURminator, but we’ve put together a complete guide to choosing the best dog shedding brushes. So check that out if you want to see what other options there are.
- Dander remover solutions: If you don’t want to bathe your dog every month or want to take your dander-fighting routine to the next level, this is where using a dander removal solution (like the ones we discussed earlier) can be worthwhile. Once your dog is clean and dry, this is the perfect time to apply a dander remover to your dog’s coat.
Making sure your dog has a good bath, blow dry, and brush every month or so can make a world of difference when it comes to managing dander. And applying a good quality dander removal solution or spray to your dog’s coat can help tip the scales in your favor.
Cleaning Your Home
Once you’ve got the source of the dander under control (your dog), there are some really effective ways to rid your home of unwanted dander.
As with grooming, you may need to wear a mask if you’re sensitive to allergens because cleaning is likely to stir up lots of dust and dander. And it can also be worth decluttering your home first, as the fewer surfaces that dander can fall onto, the better.
In any case, when you’re ready to start cleaning, wipe or dust down the surfaces in your home to clean up as much of the dander and fur as possible, and vacuum your floors, furniture, and car upholstery with a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Ideally, one that’s designed for pet hair.
As I explain in the above guide, HEPA filters are designed to pick up almost all particles that are 0.3 microns or larger (which are not visible to the naked eye). And some, like the ones I mention in the above article, use cleaner heads that are specially designed to pick up dog fur.
And if you really want to keep the dander at bay in between cleans, consider using an air purifier, as some are designed to remove dog allergens from the air inside the home, and spraying some of Allergy Asthma Clean’s allergen spray around.
Removing Dander from Your Clothes
By this point, your dog is clean, and your home is clean… but there’s one last piece to the puzzle – dander on your clothes! The best solution to this is either the ChomChom, a sticky lint roller, or one of the other dog hair removers we discuss on this page.
Some nifty products one the market don’t even require you to brush or roll; you can just wash your clothes and throw them in a dryer with dryer balls that help remove the hair (and any dander stuck to the hair) while your clothes dry.
But either way, whatever method you choose, ridding your clothes of dander is well worth the effort as it means you’re likely to be breathing in fewer allergens.
There are some great products on the market that can help you win the battle against doggy dander and shedding, and we believe the ones we’ve highlighted are among the best.
That said, at the end of the day, it’s always best to speak to a medical professional before trying to treat allergy symptoms, as pet allergy can be a serious health problem.
It’s also worth noting that, while some dogs are considered hypoallergenic, all dogs produce dander, saliva, and urine, which means all dogs can trigger allergies. It’s just that some (typically low shedding dogs) are generally more tolerable among allergy sufferers. So if you are sensitive to dogs, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog.
Nevertheless, I hope that what we’ve discussed in this post helps you get the dander under control. And if you’d like to add your experience with getting rid of dog dander, feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!