Well, we all thought we weren’t going to be wearing masks for long enough to make them a part of our lives, but here we are, 8 months later and we have a facemask to match every outfit.
How often should I wash my cloth facemasks?
The CDC recommends washing your cloth facemasks after each use. If you are as busy as I am, that means you need a facemask for every day of the week. Either that, or wash your facemask every night. But it’s very important for me to have clean facemasks because I’m very concerned about the bacteria that grow in the masks. So today I’m teaching you how to handwash your masks.
Why should I handwash my facemasks?
I really hate the way my facemasks come out of the dryer when I wash and dry them in the washer and dryer. They are always clumped up and a wrinkled mess. So I hand wash them so I can lay them flat to dry.
How to hand wash your cloth facemasks:
- Clean the sink you are going to use to clean your masks in with soap and hot water.
- Plug the sink and fill it halfway with hot water. Make sure it’s not too hot for your hands though, since you have to dip your hands in the water.
3. Add a tablespoon of laundry detergent to the water and swoosh it around to dissolve detergent.
4. Add the facemasks to the soapy water by pushing them down and swooshing them around.
5. Let the facemasks soak for about 10 minutes.
6. Scrub each facemask by rubbing the fabric together, especially where your nose and mouth touch the facemask.
7. Rinse the facemasks with warm clean water, squeezing out all the soap. Keep rinsing until there are no more suds.
8. Ring the facemasks out until all excess water is gone.
9. Pull the fabric tight to help remove wrinkles then lay flat to dry on a dry clean towel. Or hang to dry in the sun to help further sanitize them.
To store your clean facemasks, keep them in a dry place like a clean paper bag. If your facemasks are dirty, store them in a zip lock bag until they can be cleaned.