Tips, Tricks & Care of your Personal Mask
First of all, THANK YOU for wearing a mask and doing your part. #allinthistogether
These masks are created with 100% cotton fabric doubled up and finished with elastic ear loops.
Head to the end of this listing for links to the tips & tricks for long wear.
Question: How do you put the mask on?
Answer: With clean hands (sanitizer/hand washing), use the elastic loops to secure your mask behind your ears. Use the loops to remove your mask as well. Coverage should be from the bridge of your nose to under your chin. The pleats should have the folded side facing down. Don’t touch the fabric! That’s your filter!
Question: Do I need to wear a mask outdoors?
Answer: The recommendation is to wear a mask at all times when in public spaces because we don’t know who has the virus and who doesn’t.
Question: Does my child need to wear a mask?
Answer: Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age. But older children are often little petri dishes of germs, so teaching them to wear a mask is a good idea. We all know going to the grocery store without children is much more enjoyable so if you can leave the rugrats at home, do it. For your sanity’s sake and the safety of your kiddos.
Question: Can I add a coffee filter to the inside of the mask for added protection?
Answer: Unless you have a mask with an internal pocket that holds such filters, it is up to you if you want to add a coffee filter loosely inside your personal mask. It will just be laid in there against your face but anything extra is adding extra security.
Question: How do I keep my glasses from fogging up?
Answer: When we wear a mask, warm breath can escape through the top edges, along the tops of our cheeks and creates condensation. To remedy this, I personally move my glasses further down my nose and over my mask. This creates an extra “seal” and less air escapes from the top of the mask. More tips to stop the fog can be found here:
Time to talk about a no-no I keep hearing about. PLEASE, I beg of you. DO NOT just flip the other side out to use it another time without washing it.
If you flip your mask to “get more uses out of it,” you are putting any kind of germs you came in contact with at the store directly onto your face. You probably touched your face while you were shopping (adjusting the mask, etc & now the exterior of your mask is unclean).
This is also when I remind you to use a Clorox wipe on your phone, the bottom of your purse & purse handles.
How do I care for my fabric mask?
It’s much easier to clean a fabric mask than a medical mask. The C.D.C. says fabric masks should be “washed routinely.” We, at the Rose household, have several masks per person so while one is in the wash, the other is clean & ready to go.
You can use the dryer or let it air dry. Although it’s not necessary, you can also go over it with a hot iron for a full assault on any germs that might remain.
DO NOT BLEACH! Chemicals like bleach or hydrogen peroxide will begin to degrade the fabric fibers, making the mask less effective.
TIP: We use a lingerie bag so that none of our little masks go awry & tangle with the other laundry.
Great resources for more mask information can be found here:
HOW NOT TO WEAR A MASK:
Make your own with a couple of buttons and a piece of fabric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNjDXuTt-ss
Hacks from the professionals: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ways-keep-face-mask-from-hurting-ears_l_5ea8c350c5b6fb98a2b47916
Use a paperclip! https://www.aliem.com/trick-of-trade-face-mask-hacks/
And if you're a glasses wearer (or a person with a hearing aid that is affected by the elastics on masks), this is a PHENOMENAL hack with tiny rubber bands and buttons!