As you know, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus), most Canadians are now required to wear non-medical face masks when in public indoor spaces, or whenever social distancing is a challenge.
You’ve now likely bought reusable face masks for you and your family, but do you know how to properly care for your masks?
Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered (no pun intended)! We’ve put together this guide using expert medical recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, and Johns Hopkins Medicine to help keep you and your family safe.
How often do I need to wash my cloth face mask?
You should be washing your face masks after each use. This not only helps prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it also cleans off other germs you encounter over the course of the day – not to mention any build up of sweat and dirt.
One trick I use is to have a “Clean” box and a “Dirty” box at the front door of our home so we can safely and easily store our used masks when we get home, and then we’ve got our clean masks, lanyards, and face mask fanny packs ready to go when we leave.
How do I wash my face masks?
Machine wash your face mask in hot water – ideally the warmest possible water for the cloth used in your masks. Consider using unscented laundry detergent if you have any sensitivities to perfumes.
Can I hand wash my face masks?
Yes, you can, but it’s recommended that if washing by hand, you scrub your masks in hot soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and if possible use bleach to help disinfect your masks.
Can I wash my masks with my other clothes?
Yes – as long as you follow the guidelines above.
How do I dry my masks?
The best way to dry your masks is in a dryer at the highest heat setting. Make sure your masks are completely dry. If you don’t have a dryer, lay your masks flat and allow them to completely dry. If possible, place your masks in direct sunlight.
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As always, don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands regularly, socially distance, and wear a face mask.
Disclaimer: While all efforts are made to provide you with the most up-to-date information, COVID-19 prevention information can change over time. Please ensure to check Health Canada, the CDC, and other public health sources for the most up-to-date information. This post is not meant to provide medical advice – for any medical advice please contact a medical professional.