4 common mistakes when washing your mask

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Over time we all got more or less used to wearing masks. But the more we have integrated it into our everyday life, the more careless many of us become when cleaning the mask. It is now known that corona viruses could survive for several days on certain surfaces.

The best cleaning methods for masks
The viruses are killed at a temperature of 60 degrees and above, whether you wash them in the washing machine or by hand. For the latter method, take a bowl, put your used fabric mask in it and pour hot water over it (if your kettle has a temperature setting of 60 degrees). Then let it soak in for 10 minutes, rinse cold again and hang it up to dry. Extensive ironing is also an effective way to get the mask virus-free again.

Caution: It is not enough to spray the masks quickly with a disinfectant spray.

The right washing frequency for masks
As you can probably already imagine, your mask should be cleaned after each use. It is best to always have several masks at home. This also makes washing easier, as you don’t always have to wait for the mask to dry before you can leave home again.

Drying and storage of the masks
It is advisable to hang the masks on a clotheshorse in the fresh air, but there you should also make sure that no other people can get near them. The mask must be completely dry before you can put on your mouth-nose cover again. You can also use an iron or dryer to make sure the mask is dry again. Never store wet masks (whether from wearing or washing) in closed containers.

In addition, your mask should have the right fit so that you don’t have to touch your face or allow viruses to escape from the sides while you wear it, as this increases the risk of infection for you or others. So always touch your mask by the straps and only after you have washed your hands. An extra tip for spectacle wearers: first put on the mask, then the glasses.

Source: freundin.de (Alina Eckert). Picture: pixabay.com

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