How should I use my fabric mask?

WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends the following:

  • Clean your hands before putting on the mask. 
  • Inspect the mask for tears or holes, do not use a mask that is damaged.
  • Adjust the mask to cover your mouth, nose, and chin, leaving no gaps on the sides.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
  • Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet.
  • Clean your hands before taking off the mask.
  • Take off the mask by removing it from the ear loops, without touching the front of the mask.
  • Clean your hands after removing the mask.

How do I care for my fabric mask?

  • If your fabric mask is not dirty or wet and you plan to reuse it, put it in a clean plastic, resealable bag. If you need to use it again, hold the mask at the elastic loops when removing it from the bag.
  • Wash fabric masks in soap or detergent and preferably hot water (at least 60 degrees) at least once a day.
  • If hot water is not available, wash the mask in soap/detergent and room-temperature water, followed by either boiling the mask for 1 minute OR; by soaking the mask in 0.1% chlorine for 1 minute and thoroughly rinsing the mask with room temperature water (there should not be any toxic residue of chlorine on the mask).
  • Make sure you have your own mask and do not share it with others.

How often should I wash my fabric mask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), your face mask “should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.” See WHO's above tips on caring for your fabric mask properly.

Why is important that I wash my fabric mask?

It is important to keep your fabric mask clean, otherwise, the mask could become contaminated with anything in the environment, like bacteria and viruses. If the mask carries the virus, those viral particles could end up on surfaces and result in the spread of the virus to yourself and other members of your home.