Use and Cleaning of Cloth Masks
Excerpted from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
The cloth face covering should conceal your mouth and nose areas and have a string or elastic looped behind the ears to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The mask should cover approximately half of each cheek. Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Cloth face coverings or masks fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings enable surgical masks or N-95 respirators to kept as critical supplies for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, or mouth when removing their face covering. Put cover directly into the wash and do not place the face covering on counters or sinks. Wash hands immediately after removing.