Mar 16 , 2021
How to Clean and Care for Your Face Mask
Across the globe, the pandemic is still affecting many nations. While Australia is kicking some serious COVID goals as part of the 'new normal,' we continue to wear face masks, even on a voluntary level, in many situations.
While they come in all shapes and sizes, with elastic or ties and made out of fabric, they need to be well cared for with regular laundering, unless, of course, they are disposable face masks. We think it's well worth knowing how to effectively care for them to ensure you are not carrying any harmful bacteria.
Before we share how to sanitise, we suggest when using fabric coverings that you have more than one. Two is great, but more is better if you are out and about frequently for work or leisure, especially if you are riding public transport or paying a visit to your local medical centre.
Step-by-step for Cleaning Your Mask well
Whether you are wearing one voluntarily or because it's mandatory in your state, reducing the risk of spreading germs during what is still a vulnerable time is essential.
While the disposable option should be binned after each use, for other types going through the following procedure will help minimise the risk. While there are no hard and fast rules as such, the most widely recommended method includes:
Best Storage Solutions
Once they're washed, you need to be mindful of how you store them. While it may be convenient to hang over the rearview mirror, it's not an ideal solution and may pick up contaminants. It's recommended that you:
Dos & Don'ts
While the cleaning process is essential, we have some tips to help you protect your respiratory system by correctly wielding your protective shield.