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Depending on usage it is recommended to wash your mask daily. A minimum of 56C / 132.8F is a good temperature to kill bacteria. Here are some ways to clean your mask.
An easy way to sanitize your face masks is to let them sit in boiling water for five minutes. It’s as simple as that. Masks are going to have a lifetime naturally they deteriorate the same as your bed sheets fall apart. To ensure your mask remains functional after boiling, you’ll need to inspect it closely—hold the mask up to a light source and check for any thin areas where a small hole might be forming. Viruses are only 60 nanometers across, which means they can slip right through any loose-woven or damaged fabric. To be on the safe side, we recommend not boiling your mask more than 10 times.
A hot-water laundry cycle is a great way to sanitize them. Just as hand soap disintegrates the virus by breaking its exterior, your trusty detergent will be enough to leave your face masks ready for another use. Pay special attention to temperature it’s an added layer of protection.
Some modern washing machines have internal water heaters that can push water beyond 120 degrees, but if you don’t have one of these, we still don’t recommend you change your water heater’s settings. No matter what your machine is capable of, you should call for reinforcements. This is not the time to try doing your laundry without detergent. Make sure you load your machine with the appropriate amount of soap and complement it with your laundry booster of choice: Chlorine, color-safe bleach, or OxiClean will provide some extra oomph.
Bleach and hot water:
Soak your face masks for five minutes in a solution of one teaspoon of bleach for every quart of hot water. Temperature doesn’t really matter the bleach is doing the sanitation work but it’s an extra layer of security.
You’ll need to be careful, though using a higher concentration of bleach or leaving any of the corrosive chemicals on the fabric after soaking could damage your mask. Also, since your face mask will be directly over your nose and mouth, you’ll want it to be clear of bleach when you put it on. Inhaling any residual fumes from it could damage your airways or worsen any respiratory condition. To make sure you get rid of any leftover bleach, take the mask out of the solution and rinse it under a tap for 10 to 15 seconds—any temperature. After that, soak it in clean water for another five minutes. You can hang your masks to dry or put them in the dryer for some extra sanitization.
Storage is everything:
Sanitizing your mask won’t change a thing if you don’t store it properly. Once you have a clean mask, put it in a closed plastic container or in our close bag by itself our packaging is made that you can place the mask back in the bag.
If you want to go the extra mile, write on the bag or stick a note to the container with details about when you last sanitized the mask and the method you used. This will prevent cross-contamination and you’ll be able to tell for sure if the mask is safe to use or not.
How in the world do you keep a mask on a headstrong toddler or sneaky pre-schooler?
We can start by practicing wearing masks and not touching them at home before you venture out into the world, children who aren’t familiar with masks may fidget with them, causing them to touch their faces more than they normally would.
Here are some tips we have research and come up with:
Regardless of your child’s age, be honest about why masks are important. You don’t have to go into a lot of detail, and you should keep it age-appropriate, but be open with your kids about the coronavirus.
Explain to them that wearing a mask helps keep the people around them safe. Resist the urge to dramatize the situation or to share more information than is needed.
Superhero costume mask
If your child wants to be a nurse or doctor when they grow up, show them pictures of those in the medical field wearing masks. Even policemen and firemen wear masks these days. They can pretend to be one of these professionals while wearing their masks.
Mask for teddy
Some children may be more likely to wear a mask if their “buddy” wears one too. So, if your child has a favorite teddy bear, a doll they take everywhere, or another favorite toy, make a mask for them as well. Then, when you go out, their buddy can come along as long as they are wearing their mask too.
Wearing a mask is a new experience for most children. So, the first few times your kids wear a mask, they may complain that it’s scratchy or that they cannot breathe. In fact, most children won’t like the idea of wearing a mask.
For this reason, try out the mask at home. Have your child wear it for 30 minutes. Practice putting it on safely and not touching it once it’s in place. Afterward, talk to your kids about how it felt to wear it. And if needed, make adjustments to the mask while still ensuring that it fits properly.
Sometimes kids respond positively to doing something they dread when they know there is a treat at the end. As a result, you can incentivise your kids to wear their masks and provide them with something to look forward to when they get home.
Another option for motivating your kids to wear a mask is to turn it into a game. Just like the “no talking game” or the “who can go the longest without blinking” game, create a game out of wearing masks. For instance, have everyone start with 10 points. Every time someone touches their mask to adjust it, they lose a point. By the time you get home, the person with the most remaining points wins the game.
Make it as creative and fun for you and your child!