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How to Reduce Allergens in Clothes: 10 Tips for Allergen Removal

How to Reduce Allergens in Clothes: 10 Tips for Allergen Removal

Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies.1 If you’re one of them, there’s no need to be uncomfortable because of allergens in your clothes. With a few simple tips and the help of all® free clear laundry products, you can effectively reduce allergens and enjoy clean, fresh clothes. Let's explore how you can tackle allergens in your laundry routine.

Tip 1: Clean Your Washer and Dryer

Regularly cleaning your washing machine and dryer is essential. Neglecting this task can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, especially in front-loading washers.

Similarly, keeping your dryer vent clean not only helps prevent the build-up of mildew but also reduces the risk of dryer fires. 34 percent of dryer fires are started by clogged vents.2

Tip 2: Control Moisture in the Laundry Room

The laundry room tends to generate heat and humidity, which can promote mold growth. To prevent this, consider using one or more of these moisture-reducing steps:

  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Open a window while doing laundry.
  • Use a fan.
  • Invest in a good ventilation system.

Tip 3: Choose Sensitive Skin & Hypoallergenic Products

When it comes to getting rid of allergens in clothes, selecting the right laundry products is crucial.

Choose a laundry detergent specially formulated for people with allergies. Look for products that are dye-free, perfume-free, phosphate-free, and recommended by medical professionals. By choosing hypoallergenic products, you can reduce the risk of contact dermatitis and chemical sensitivities.

all® free clear sensitive skin and hypoallergenic products remove 99% of everyday and seasonal allergens*. Plus, they are #1 recommended by dermatologists and allergists.


Tip 4: Wash Before Wearing New Clothes

Before wearing new clothes, it's important to wash them first. New clothing contain more concentrated dyes, plus many clothing items undergo finishing sprays that may contain allergens.

 By washing new clothes, you can eliminate these potential irritants.

Additionally, use your washing machine's "extra rinse" setting for a thorough rinse. And consider using a sensitive-skin fabric softener to help soften fabrics and reduce any discomfort caused by textures that might irritate your skin. 

Tip 5: Avoid Outdoor Line Drying

While line drying may save energy, it can introduce outdoor allergens to your clothing. This increases the risk of allergen exposure. To minimize this, it's best to use a dryer or indoor drying rack instead.

Tip 6: Utilize all® free clear Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets can be a valuable tool in repelling pet hair and other allergens. Choose all® free clear sensitive skin dryer sheets, which are 100% free of perfumes and dyes. Simply add a sheet to each dryer load, and remember to transfer your laundry from the washing machine to the dryer promptly to prevent the development of mold and mildew. If you notice a faint whiff of mildew, consider running your clothing through another wash cycle.

Tip 7: Separate Allergen-Prone Items

To further minimize allergens, consider separating allergen-prone items, such as pet bedding, outdoor clothing, or heavily soiled fabrics, from the rest of your laundry. This helps prevent cross-contamination and reduces the risk of allergens spreading to other garments, like your undergarments, pajamas, or baby clothing.

Tip 8: Vacuum and Dust Regularly

Regularly vacuuming and dusting your laundry area, including surfaces and storage areas, can help minimize the presence of allergens. Dust can accumulate on clothes and exacerbate allergies, so keeping your laundry space clean is crucial.

Tip 9: Use Hot Water and High Heat

When possible, opt for hot water wash cycles and high heat drying settings. Heat can help effectively eliminate allergens such as dust mites and pollen. However, be sure to check garment care labels to ensure that hot water and high heat are suitable for your clothes.

Tip 10: Maintain a Clean Hamper

Don't forget about your laundry hamper! Keeping it clean and odor-free is essential to prevent the buildup of allergens. Regularly wash your hamper, especially if it's fabric-based, and consider using liners that are easy to clean or dispose of.

By incorporating these tips into your laundry routine and using all® free clear laundry products, you can significantly reduce allergens in your clothes. Discover the benefits of all® laundry care products, the number-one most recommended brand for sensitive skin by pediatricians and dermatologists.


Interested in learning more? Read more laundry tips from the team of experts at all®.

* Dog and cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen. all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies.

Sources: (accessed 3/20/24)

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