Caring for Your Masks

— Written By and last updated by Nancie Mandeville

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We all want to protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the recommended ways to do this is to wear a face mask when we are locations that are difficult to maintain 6ft. of social distancing. While in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic, today, we can find masks in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Here are a few tips that are recommended by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to care for your masks:

  • Masks made of fabric can be washed in a machine or by hand. Use unscented soap, if you are sensitive to perfume. If hand washing, scrub for at least 20 seconds. After washing, tumble dry on high heat.
  • Disposable surgical masks cannot be washed.
  • Store clean masks in a clean area.
  • It is a good idea to have at least two masks.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use an alcohol-based sanitizer before and after removing your mask.
  • Remove your mask by grasping the ear loops. If a mask has ties, remove the bottom tie first, and then the top.
  • If your mask has a filter, remove and throw the filter away. Replace the filters.

Written By

Cheri Bennett, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCheri BennettNutrition Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Cheri E-mail Cheri N.C. Cooperative Extension, Union County Center
Updated on Jul 14, 2020
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