Since the government and CDC made it a must to wear a face mask in Public, how to clean homemade face mask is a necessity. Due to unavailability of the pricey N95 face mask, homemade have become popular face masks in Kenya and other African countries.
Dr. Dean Winslow once said
“That’s the most important thing to keep in mind — that the purpose of the mask is not to protect the wearer. It’s to protect others, in case [the wearer is] asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic but shedding the virus. Coughing, exhaling, and talking all release droplets into the air that can infect others. In other words, the mask isn’t protecting you from the world; it’s protecting the world from you. That’s why it’s important to wear one, even if you don’t have any symptoms. You can still spread the disease before you start coughing or if you’re infected but never get very sick”.
Difference between cleaning and sanitizing
Cleaning is removing stains or soil from a surface or fabric. When sanitizing, you’re actually destroying microorganisms like bacteria, mold, and yeast. If you want to reduce your risk of getting sick, sanitizing is the way to go.
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What temperature will kill the coronavirus?
There aren’t published studies on how COVID-19 stands up to various temperatures, but the World Health Organization (WHO) found that 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit (56 degrees Celsius) is hot enough to kill the coronavirus that causes SARS. Other tests found higher temperatures, up to 149º F (65º C), are more effective.
Because those temperatures are scalding for human skin, using either warm or cold water and soap for at least 20 seconds is the CDC’s guideline for hand-washing. Since fabric can withstand higher temperatures, the CDC recommends washing clothing in the “warmest appropriate water setting.”
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Things you need to know about cleaning homemade face masks
How to clean your homemade face mask
How often should you clean your mask?
Recommended washing daily
What temperature kills virus?
A minimum of 132.8°F
What should you clean it with?
Regular detergent or soap
When should I replace my mask?
When you start seeing holes
How should I was my mask?
Machine washing with detergent or sanitizing cycle
Hand wash with soap and hot water
Boiling in a large pot for several minutes swirling around for several minutes.