In this mask washing guide, we cover the correct, sanitary ways to wash and dry reusable face masks. Masks are crucial to controlling the coronavirus or COVID-19. Along with keeping 6-feet apart when in public and practicing social distancing, wearing a mask properly will make all the difference.
Note: this mask washing guide is only for REUSABLE face masks, not disposable face masks. Disposable face masks are to be thrown away after the maximum hours of use according to the package. You should also throw away disposable masks when you get home.
Read the instructions of disposable face masks before wearing!
Last week, we covered the proper ways to wear masks. Click here to read it.
The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.
Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.