Wearing a face mask is a further step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 but, for a mask to be useful, it should be cleaned after every use. Disposable, surgical masks can’t be cleaned or washed, but cloth face masks can and should be considered for using these easy cleaning tips:
- Wash any worn mask at the shortest once a day, or more often if it is dirty. If the manufacturer provides special directions, follow them. If not, wash it at the hottest setting on the washer plus dryer that’s safe for the material.
- It’s okay to put a mask in the washing machine plus dryer with another laundry.
- If you don’t own a washer or dryer, hand wash a mask by covering the mask in a bleach solution (4 tablespoons of household bleach in 1 measure of room temperature water) for 5 minutes and then wash it well with room temperature water. Let the mask air dry thoroughly (in direct sunlight, if possible).
- Don’t share masks except they’re washed plus dried first.
- Don’t store your mask among other people’s masks. Store each mask in its clean paper bag.
- Always remove a face mask correctly plus wash your hands after managing or touching a used mask.
Who Should Not Wear a Mask?
- Children below 2 to 3 years old should not wear a mask.
- Someone who is sick plus has trouble breathing should not wear a mask.
- Anyone who can’t get a mask off without help (for example, if they’re inattentive) should not wear a mask.
What Is the Greatest Way to Put on a Mask?
- Before touching a mask or face covering, clean your hands among soap plus water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Pick up the mask by the series or ear loops, if it has them. If you have a cloth face enveloping that does not have strings or ear loops, try to pick it up in a range that will not touch your face.
- Adjust the lines, ear loops, or cloth face covering so it fits snugly into your face. There should be no holes on the side of your face.
- The mask should cover your nose plus mouth at all times.
- Do not pull the mask below to talk, cough, or sneeze.