How to wash your face mask

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As people are opting to wear face coverings as part of the battle against coronavirus, the question is: How do I safely wash my mask?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It’s also important to remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.

Here’s what the CDC advises for keeping your masks clean:

How to Clean

Washing machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.

Washing by Hand

Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
  • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
    • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
    • Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing.

    How to dry your face mask

    Dryer

    • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

    Air dry

    • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.
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