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Are Fabric Face Masks Reusable?

Face masks can be reused however health experts agree that to get maximum protection reusable masks should be removed and washed regularly. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that reusable masks should be removed and washed at least once per day. The importance of keeping reusable masks clean is because the virus could remain on the cloth or material for a longer period and those pose a greater risk for transmission. There's also a chance that unwashed reusable face masks that are frequently used presents a risk to the weather as particles may have been picked up when placed on a contaminated surface, thereby potentially causing the infection through the passage to the respiratory system. 

Reusable face masks can be washed with regular laundry with standard detergent. But experts from CDC suggest that water temperature is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit to clean a face mask. A nice tip for people with facial skin sensitive to perfume is to use an unscented detergent. You can also clean a reusable face mask by hand. WHO suggests soap and water enough to create a lather and to make sure that both sides of the mask are thoroughly scrubbed before taking out of the water. John Hopkins Medical Center suggests scrubbing for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with water. 

Air or tumble dry your mask

Reusable face masks must be completely dry to be worn. Ideally, you can do this by placing the mask under direct sunlight, on a clean surface, and lying flat. You can also hang it up by the straps somewhere. The mask can also be tumble dried, although check specifications about the mask to see if tumble drying is suitable. If you do tumble dry be sure to set the heat to the highest setting. 

Store your mask in a safe way

Once your mask is dry store it in a plastic resealable bag to make sure that it's not contaminated before you need to place it on your face. When you retrieve the mask to place on your mask make sure that your hands are clean and disinfected and place the mask on by holding it by the straps. At this point, you've safely effectively reused your face mask! 

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