Caring for Your Mask

1. Wash your mask every time.

You can hand-wash a fabric mask just the way you may already hand-wash delicates. Regular old soap works too.

First wet the mask and rub vigorously with soap so you have a lather, you may soak the mask in hot water and soap for 30 minutes to ensure you’ve killed all the germs.

Then rinse, and line-dry or dry on a sanitized surface.

2. Consider buying a spare mask.

Ideally, you should be washing your mask every time you wear it, says Jones. So it might be helpful to have one or two spares you can keep in rotation. If you don’t, but don’t want to do a whole load of laundry each day, hand washing your mask in the sink after each outing works too. Here’s a list of tailors that sell face masks.


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