A dirty mask may be harmful to the person wearing it. If your mask is disposable, throw it away after one use. If your mask is cloth, like any other garment, it should be washed after every wearing. This reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus or other germs.
How do I clean my face mask?
- Bandannas, face scarves and masks made of fabric, such as cotton, can be washed in your regular laundry using hot water.
- Disposable, blue surgical masks cannot be laundered or cleaned and should be thrown away.
- After laundering your fabric masks, tumble dry them in the dryer on a high setting.
- You might consider using a non-scented laundry detergent if you are sensitive to perfumes so it is easier to wear the masks.
- You can also hand wash your mask, using hot, soapy water. Scrub the mask for at least 20 seconds, and dry them on high heat in the dryer.
- Store clean masks in a clean place when you are not using them.