How to properly wash and store cloth face masks

23/05/2020
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15:22
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How to properly wash and store cloth face masks
Masks can protect you from different diseases - Photo: Taken from CDC's Facebook account

How to properly wash and store cloth face masks

23/05/2020
15:22
AP
Mexico City
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When used properly, masks can protect you and others from infectious diseases

Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public health experts recommend wearing a mask made from cotton fabric, such as T-shirts, or scarves and bandannas, when you are outside and unable to maintain social distancing from others.

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The covering should be washed daily after use, says Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Nursing.

Make sure to always remove face masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching them.

It is best to clean your mask in a washing machine or with soap and hot water. You can include your face masks with your regular laundry.

If you are washing your cloth face mask by hand, the CDC suggests preparing a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water.

You should check that your bleach is intended for disinfection for some of them are not. In addition, never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser for safety reasons.

Soak the cloth mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes and rinse it thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

The mask should be dried completely. Dry it in a hot dryer, if possible.

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Watts advises storing the clean, dry mask in a new paper bag to keep it safe from germs.

The CDC has urged people to use washable cloth coverings to ensure there are enough surgical and N95 masks for medical workers.

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