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How to do cloth face masks right: Avoid these 6 common mistakes!

No one thought face masks were going to be a thing in 2020.

But here we are.

If you want to cover your face in public, but want to avoid the environmental disaster of disposable masks, washable alternatives are a good option.

To get (and give) the best protection, it's important to avoid these common mistakes that can lead to decreased effectiveness.

Mistake #1: Not using and changing filters

The more you wash your mask, the more worn a sewn-in filter will get. Masks with an option to swap out the filters help ensure you can keep filters in the best possible condition. 

Non-woven materials are what you need. Dried baby wipes (bamboo is the most biodegradable option), interfacing and vacuum bags are washable options. For other disposable choices, tissues, paper towels and coffee filters work.  

Select based on how much you value ease of breathing. The thicker the filter, the more protection it offers, however the harder it is to breathe.  

Being able to wear a mask comfortably is important so while it sounds silly, breathability is something to consider.

Mistake #2: Leaving gaps around your nose

The closer the mask fits your face, the better protection you will have. Noses can be very inconvenient when trying to avoid gaps in masks! Nose contouring will ensure there are no gaps between the fabric and your face.  

Mistake #3: Touching your mask while it's on your face

Keep your hands away from your face. Once it’s on and fitted, don’t touch.

Mistake #4: Forgetting your hand hygiene

Hand hygiene remains the top priority to avoid the spread of infection. Always make sure you have washed your hands for 20 seconds prior to putting on your mask and the same again when you remove it.

When taking the mask on and off, be sure to handle it by the straps to avoid contaminating your hands with anything on the surface of the mask.

Mistake #5: Wearing while it's damp

Masks are less effective when they are damp. If you’re intending to use it for long periods of time,  your breathing is likely to make the fabric damp. Get some extras so you can switch them over when that happens. 

Mistake #6: Wearing multiple times before washing

Whether you’ve been wearing it for a long time or a little, or whether you’re changing it because it’s damp, make sure every time you take it off, you wash it. 


About Mask Makery

Mask Makery was started to help support Aussies who lost their income due to COVID to get back on their feet by sewing washable face masks. 2 ply, with a filter pocket and nose contouring, these masks help stop the spread and support Aussies who are doing it tough.

They’re also great value at $17.50 each, or $14 each when you buy a bundle of 5.

Get yours here.

Want to be a maker? Send us an email at maskmakery@gmail.com