A Handy Guide On How To Clean & Store Face Masks

Suruchi Patwary , 14 Jul 2020
Drying Masks By chalee1974 | www.shutterstock.com
Drying Masks By chalee1974 | www.shutterstock.com

Looking at the current scenario, wearing a face mask in the public is going to be the new normal—at least for the foreseeable future. And so, it is important that we understand the right way to use them. The first step is to understand that the masks should be worn in a way that covers both your nose and your mouth. Once that is understood, it is then important to know how to clean and store your masks. And so, we’ve listed down some important points on how you can ensure your masks are cleaned properly after every use and also what is the right way to store them. Scroll down to read all about it.

Fabric

Cloth Face Masks By Danilova Janna | www.shutterstock.com
Cloth Face Masks By Danilova Janna | www.shutterstock.com

The first step is to choose the right fabric mask. Public health experts recommend people wear masks that are cloth based—made from cotton fabrics like scarves, bandanas, or T-shirts. These are helpful when you go out in public and are unable to maintain social distancing there.

Cleaning

Washing Face Mask By igorykor | www.shutterstock.com
Washing Face Mask By igorykor | www.shutterstock.com

Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing said cloth masks that are used need to be washed regularly—daily after every use. The best way to clean used face masks is to toss them into a washing machine or use soap with hot water. And make sure they dry off completely before your next use. You can also dry them in a hot dryer if possible.

Storing

Paper Bag By ViDI Studio | www.shutterstock.com
Paper Bag By ViDI Studio | www.shutterstock.com

When it comes to storing them, it’s best if they’re stored in a new paper bag as per Penni Watts. Again, make sure they’re completely dried before you put them in the paper bag. This will help keep your face masks safe from germs. Remember, prevention is always better than cure. The more careful we are now, the better our chances get to fight this pandemic.

Do you know of any other ways that help clean and store our masks better? Then do let us know in the comments below!

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