How to wash your re-usable face mask safely to minimise risk of infection

Re-usable face masks have suddenly become the must have accessory. Especially now you have to wear one on public transport and in taxis and Ubers. Lots of fashion brands are producing non surgical face-masks to help the flow and availability of face coverings, so that essential PPE is still available for the NHS.

There are so many amazing and fun ones to choose from and we predict a fair few fashion designers will introduce them into their next catwalk collections.

Even celebrities are getting involved as Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix has released two face masks in her Skinnydip London collection with profits from mask sales being donated to charity.

If you're using a re-usable and washable face mask you must make sure to clean it to help minimise the risk of transmission.

Here's our top tips to cleaning your mask and keeping safe in the process.

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  • Face mask vending machines are now popping up in shopping centres and stations

Wash your mask after every use

It's wise to clean your mask as regularly as you can, as it could pick up germs and bacteria after every use.

Washing it after every outing minimises risk of infection, so every time you take it off ensure you store it safely and have a new clean one to hand.

Machine wash

Fear not, you can include your face mask in your regular washing load.

Use washing detergent as normal and wash on as hot a setting as the mask material allows for, in order to kill any present bacteria and nasty germs that may be lingering.

Wash with similar colours (or however you usually do your washing…)


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Wash by hand

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) advise preparing a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
  • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water

Then soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Leave to dry thoroughly before re-wearing.

Have more than two masks

If you have more than two masks you can ensure you have the time to wash and dry them properly and always have an available clean and dry one to hand. Lots of re-usebale ones come in a pack to make this easier.

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Here's our pick of the top re-usable masks:

We love this floral number from ASOS, it's part of a three pack with adjustable tie straps.

3 pack, £14, Asos

Try this on trend tie-dye mask if you want to make a fashion statement.

Mask, £4, Pretty Little Thing

This 'We're In This Together' mask is for charity, so support a great cause.

Mask, £6.99, Topshop

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