How to Properly Sanitize and Clean Face Masks and Coverings

How to Properly Sanitize and Clean Face Masks and Coverings

Now that face masks are required in most public places, it is crucial to make sure you are taking proper precautions when handling them. Many of us are wearing reusable cloth masks and face coverings, but it is just as important to wash them as it is to wear them. Cloth face masks should be sanitized after each use in order to be properly reused. When dealing with unwashed face masks, it is advised to wear gloves and keep the masks away from your face.

What should I use?

You can add your face masks to your normal load of laundry. Make sure to use regular detergent, or unscented if you are sensitive to smell, and use the warmest temperature setting your clothes and cloth can handle. You can use a mesh laundry bag to keep the masks from getting tangled with your other clothes.

If you want to wash your cloth mask or face covering by hand, use a bucket of hot water with detergent. In place of detergent, you can also use four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Allow it to soak for up to five minutes. Scrub the mask for at least 20 seconds, then rinse completely.

How should I dry?

Face masks should be dried on the highest heat setting and should be left in the dryer until they are completely dry. If you would prefer to air dry, lay them flat and allow to completely dry before your next use. When doing this, It is best to place the mask in direct sunlight.