How to Clean Your Fabric Face Mask
Since March, most governments around the world have recommended wearing a cloth face-covering in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result, fabric face masks quickly became the most popular accessory flooding our Instagram feeds!
With brands selling non-medical fashion masks online and crafty people now making DIY fabric face masks, there's one important question: How do you ensure your face mask stays sanitized?
First, you need to clean it. One way is t throw your mask in the washing machine with laundry detergent and wash it on the hottest setting, usually 60 degrees before tossing it into the dryer on a high-temperature cycle.
Second, you should wash them often. Every single time you wear them. Ideally, every time you put on a face mask it should be clean since you don’t know what bacteria that mask has come in contact with and you don’t want to give those bacteria a chance to enter your nose or mouth.
That is why you should make or buy a few cloth masks so that you can easily switch them out and wash them in between uses.
Moral of the story?
Wear a mask every time you are in public, no matter your symptoms (or lack thereof).
And remember: a mask isn't a replacement for social distancing!
This article was originally published on InStyle