Homemade Mask Care & Wear Info

We’ve been making homemade masks! We hope you enjoy your mask that we hand made with lots of love in our hearts. Here are some basic care and wear instructions to help the mask last longer:

Mask Features

Pocket for filter:

Your mask needs a filter to maximize its effectiveness. There is no need to order filters because basic household items can be utilized in the filter pocket for protection, ranging from vacuum cleaner bags to flannel.

Here is an article to give you an idea of items you may already have in your home that you can insert into the pocket filter of your mask.

You can also order pre-cut filters for your mask here:

https://filti.com/product/precut-mask-material-inserts/

Nose Pinch:

  • At the top of each mask is a flexible wire that you can “pinch” across the bridge of your nose to form a mold of sorts. This helps close gaps at the top of the mask against your face.
  • If your glasses get fogged up while wearing the mask, this is a clue that the nose pinch isn’t secured correctly. When the nose pinch is correctly adjusted, your glasses won’t fog up.
  • The wire is removable and replaceable if it gets worn out.
  • Remove the wire before washing and replace before wearing again.
  • The wire may be replaced with crafting wire/pipe cleaners, bag twist ties, etc.
  • On the inside of the flap covering the pocket filter is a spot for the wire. Just slide the existing wire out and insert the new wire.

Elastic Ear Loops:

  • Each elastic ear loop is reinforced for durability during the assembly process.
  • If your mask’s elastic ear loops are too big, you can twist it to give it a better fit.
  • Move hair away from your ear before putting on the mask. Any hair that ends up between the elastic and the skin on your ear may cause the mask to pop off.

Fabric:

  • Your mask is made from cotton and if needed, the pleats can be pressed with an iron on the cotton or high heat setting after washing/drying. It is machine washable and dry-able.

How To Wear The Mask

  • The mask should be worn with the pleats on the outside of the mask, with the pleats facing downward.
  • The opening to the pocket filter should lay against your face.
  • At the top of the mask is the nose bridge.
  • Before putting on your mask, for the first time please wash it. We pre-washed the fabric and also sanitized the masks, but we did handle the masks during packaging.
  • After each use, wash the mask in the washing machine. It can be dried in the dryer, and the pleats will need to be pressed into the mask after it comes out of the dryer.
  • If you’re unable to actually wash the mask in the washer, you can spray it with a disinfectant such as Lysol and put it into the dryer for 30 minutes.
  • It is recommended that each household member has a unique mask that doesn’t match anyone else’s in the house. This is so the masks won’t get confused with a relative’s mask.

When To Wear The Mask

Masks should be worn Please read the current CDC guidelines for mask recommendations:

  • CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Masks In The News:

Missouri hair stylist who worked an entire week while Covid positive and showing symptoms:

https://www.springfieldmo.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=6940&ARC=7073

Here’s what happened to Austria’s Covid cases after the government required everyone to wear face masks:

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25410/20200421/austria-90-drop-coronavirus-cases-requiring-people-wear-face-masks.htm

INCYMI: Scientists tested to find the most effective household items that can be used as filters for home made face masks

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article242437366.html

Texas mask mandate July 2, 2020:

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/02/texas-mask-order-greg-abbott-coronavirus/

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