Handmade, Washable Cotton Mask
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Only these designs available at this price.
If you would like to select your choice of fabric and don't mind waiting, please see my other listing: Face Masks - Bespoke (made to order). Please note there is a turnaround time of 1.5 weeks at this stage with those Bespoke masks.
While homemade masks don't offer the same level of protection as a surgical mask, I have researched the best alternative for filtration, and 100% cotton was the best substitute. Cotton has a good amount of filtration and breathability and filters out particles up to 0.02 to 1 micron.
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😷 Currently there is approximately a 1.5 week turnaround on Bespoke (made toIto order masks) if you don't mind waiting and want to choose your fabrics, please see Face Masks - Bespoke to order.
The Chief Health Officer recommends that adults living in areas under Stage 3 restrictions wear a face mask when outside your home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.
Why we are making this change
Face masks are being recommended now as a result of the higher number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases currently occurring across areas under Stage 3 restrictions. Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission.
Why should I wear a face mask?
Wearing a face mask helps keep you and others safe. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread from close contact with an infected person and can be spread when a person coughs or sneezes.
The best way to protect other people against coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping 1.5 metres apart, wash your hands often, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue. Face masks add an additional protective physical barrier to protect you and your loved ones.
Are face masks effective for protecting against coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission?
Face masks have been recommended around the world for use by the community to reduce transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Your best protection is still to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people, to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Face masks are helpful in containing droplets when people cough, reducing the likelihood of spreading the virus. For the community, both cloth masks and surgical masks are effective in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.
Can I reuse my face mask?
A cloth mask can be washed and re-used. It is a good idea to have at least two, so you will always have a clean one available.
On a single trip away from home there might be times when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people and wear a cloth mask, and times when you can maintain the distance and don’t need to wear a cloth mask. For instance, you might take crowded public transport to and from work, but at work be able to maintain appropriate distancing. Don’t reuse the same cloth mask to go home that you used earlier on the same trip to go to work. Put each used cloth mask into a zip lock bag to be taken home for washing. For each new situation put on a clean cloth mask.
Carry a paper bag or zip lock bag with you to carry clean masks and keep them clean.
When should I wash my cloth mask?
A cloth mask should be washed each day after use. However, if during the day your mask is visibly dirty or wet, do not continue wearing your mask; the mask needs to be washed.
Re-using a cloth mask without washing is risky because it can become contaminated or may not be as effective in protecting you.
How do I wash my cloth mask?
Cloth masks can be washed in the washing machine with other clothes, or hand-washed using soap and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth.
Your cloth mask should be dry before re-using it. You can use the heat setting on your dryer or lay out flat to air dry. If possible, place the cloth mask in direct sunlight. Wash your hands after handling used face masks.