You may know how to properly wear a face mask to stop the spread of coronavirus, but do you know how often to wash it? If you own a recyclable cloth liner for your nose and mouth, the CDC says it should be washed after each use.
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OK, but how? You can include your mask in your regular laundry using regular detergent and the warmest appropriate setting for the cloth used to make the mask, but since people do not exactly make full clothes every day, there are other options.
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According to the CDC, you should use bleach when hand washing, but check the label to make sure it is intended for disinfection and contains 5.25% to 8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use the product if the percentage is not within that range or is not specified. Also, do not use it if it has expired.
Before mixing your solution, provide adequate ventilation. Open a window, a door or go out if necessary. Then prepare the solution by adding 5 tablespoons (or ⅓ cup) of bleach per. Gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per. Liter of room temperature water.
Soak the mask in water for five minutes, then discard the bleach solution in the drain and rinse the mask thoroughly with cold water or room temperature. Be sure to let it dry completely before using it again. To do this, you can throw it in the dryer with the highest heat setting or lie flat to air dry in direct sunlight, if possible.
If you do not have the resources to wash your cloth face mask every day, at least make sure to wash it regularly. And do not forget your sheets, which need to be cleaned every week. If you did not know it, wait until you find out how often to wash your jeans and everything else in your life.