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How often should you wash a face mask?

As part of preventive measures for COVID-19, it is important to wash your cloth face mask regularly.

It is recommended to wash your mask after every use. Once you return home after running errands, carefully remove your mask and wash it by hand right away using warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Another option is to store it properly where you can toss it into your washing machine on your next laundry day.

Although it might not be convenient to wash your mask after every use, it is an essential step in avoiding the COVID-19 virus. When you use your mask, it might come into contact with infectious material that can linger on the fabric and transfer it to you. By washing your face masks, it destroys any lingering germs so that it is safe to use again.

It is recommended to create or buy several face masks so that you have one always ready to use.

Most masks can be washed in a washing machine. It is recommended to use the warmest water setting. Dry the mask in the dryer on a hot setting or let it air dry under the sun.

It is recommended to create or buy several face masks so that you have one always ready to use.

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Learn how to stay safe by enrolling in a mask fitting test which is a requirement for many workplaces and school admissions or check the available masks for sale by visiting our face mask sale page.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/types-of-face-mask

https://www.livescience.com/are-face-masks-effective-reducing-coronavirus-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/cloth-face-coverings-information.pdf

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