If you’re like many of us, you’ve become a pro at masking up before heading out. It’s a good habit to be in because it’s likely we’ll need to wear masks for months more to come. But are you caring for those masks correctly? Here are a few tips:
- Don’t reuse a disposable face mask. If you are planning to reuse face coverings, opt for the cloth kind.
- Store face coverings in a bag. In a plastic bag if it’s wet and dirty and a paper bag if it isn’t.
- Wash your mask when it gets dirty, or at least daily. You can wash in the washing machine or by hand and then dry in a warm or hot dryer or hang in direct sunlight until fully dry.
- Check masks for wear and tear. If they are stretched out or fraying, it’s time to replace them.