How to Wash Your Face Mask Properly
I found some tips from experts for washing your face mask properly in the NY Post that I thought you'd find useful. Have you been washing yours the right way?
I have a feeling we're all going to be wearing face masks for months to come. When you were staying at home more, it wasn't a big deal because you weren't wearing it as much, but, now that more and more places are re-opening, you're wearing a face mask more, so it's important to wash it properly.
Here are the tips:
1. It doesn't matter whether you hand wash or machine wash your mask, but, if you throw it in your machine, make sure it's on the gentle cycle, just like your bras and undies. You should also use a gentle detergent, so it won't irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
2. Use hot water. Obviously, don't burn yourself if you're hand washing your mask.
3. Don't use bleach. I get it, you want to kill the germs(hot water helps do that), but, dermatologists say bleaching something you put on your face, and breathe through, isn't the best idea.
4. You can let it air dry or throw it in the dryer on a lower, cooler setting.
5. The CDC says your masks should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use." Translation - you may want to wash it every day or after you've used it a lot. You also want to avoid Maskne. Do you know what that is? It's mask acne.
Interesting fact - Do you know why your face mask seems stinky sometimes? It's from your breath.Not that you have bad breath, but, because your breath is getting stuck in your mask, and after a while, it starts to stink.
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