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How to wash your face mask

 DIY face masks can be made from cotton fabric and elastic (Photo: Shutterstock)

The government has urged us to wear face masks whenever we need to leave our homes to help slow the spread of coronavirus. As such, most if not all of us have gotten our hands on face masks. And since we’ve been required to use the cloth ones and leave the surgical face masks for health providers, it’ll become necessary to clean them.

Many DIY masks are made of cotton. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these simple face masks should be enough to slow the spread of the virus. 

DIY masks can be sew or no-sew. Whereas sew masks are increasingly popular, you can easily fashion a cotton bandana into a no-sew face mask. 

To effectively clean your cotton face mask, lather it with soap and wash in warm to hot water. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Rinse thoroughly and put to dry under the sun. Once dry, you can iron it just to make sure you have killed all the germs.

If you are using a washing machine, wash in hot water and tumble dry.

How often you wash your face mask is dependent on you. However, to be extra cautious, wash it every after every use just in case you came into contact with any germs.

Keep in mind that even as you use a face mask whenever you go outside, be sure not to touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth when you’re removing it. And once you’ve taken out the face mask, wash your hands thoroughly.

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