How to properly wash a reusable mask, how often and where to store it

Since last May 21 and until a new order, Spanish citizens over 6 years -except in exceptional cases- have the obligation to use a mask when we are on public roads and it is not possible to constantly and effectively keep social distance, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The novelty of the measure, after hundreds of contradictory messages since the start of the pandemic, and lfor lack of culture in its use of our country, it is causing the majority of citizens to ask themselves a multitude of questions about.

From those directly related to the own media adopted by the government and its contradictions, such as whether it is mandatory to use it for sports, to more mundane questions such as where to buy cheap masks, how to know if it is false or simply how to use them correctly.

In two months it has gone from despising them, to being “highly recommended”. If you are going to put on a mask to go outside, this is what you should know.

As you already know, there are different types, among them the most popular are the reusable type, whether they are cloth or other materials. They can be washed and used again, but What is the correct way to wash a mask? How often do you have to wash them? How should you store it until the next use?

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. USA the cloth ones that are used during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, this information is quite relative, ideally, wash it every day after use.

It is a bit cumbersome, but it is certainly the most advisable to prevent COVID-19 and other diseases. The positive part is that to wash the mask we can use the washing machine as if it were another garment.

Washing machines are a safe way to wash the mask that can be included as one more item of laundry. Yes, since it is a garment that will be in contact with a skin as sensitive as that of the face, it may be convenient to change the detergent, for a special one for sensitive skin that does not irritate the skin.

A good option is the products that are usually used to wash babies’ clothes, with less irritating substances, without perfumes, and that you can find in shopping centers like Mercadona.

Once washed you can dry it on the clothesline, better indoors, or put it in the dryer. Drying by extreme heat is undoubtedly the most recommended option, the problem is that in Spain it is not a very common appliance due to our Mediterranean climate.

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But of course, unless you have a large family, it is not common to put a washing machine every day. In these cases you can resort to hand washing, only with soap and water, no bleach or other products are needed that could irritate your skin.

To do this, use a soap for delicate garments. If you have used them for sports or worked with it for several hours, they can be rubbed with water and detergent for a few minutes before rinsing it off. If you have used it for a simple walk it may be enough with leave it immersed in soapy water for a few minutes before rinsing it well and put it to dry.

Once dry it is recommended to store the reusable mask in a clean paper bag. It is important that it is isolated but that it can breathe, so it is recommended to avoid plastic bags, especially those typical for snacks with hermetic closures.

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