About this Reusable Face Mask
- Machine washable
- Features a double layer of lightweight jersey fabric for breathability and comfort, these face coverings have ear loops made of the same material for a sturdy and snug but comfortable fit.
- The CDC recommends using cloth face coverings while in public to reduce community spread by asymptomatic people.
- Face coverings are not FDA-approved, not intended for medical use, and not proven to reduce disease transmission.
- Please reference the provided size chart on the left to ensure a perfect fit.
- Machine wash before first use and after every use.
- This product is intended for children four years and older.
- Accommodates all facial movements.
- Designed for broader coverage and maximum protection.
- Flat-fold design for easy storage.
- Soft, ultra-lightweight fabric for comfortable, easy breathing.
- Super soft, interior fabric for prolonged and comfortable usage.
- One size fits all.
- 100% Cotton, reusable and washable.
- Authentic and licensed product.
Reusable face masks provide a protective barrier for your face and nose that you can repeatedly use, limiting the spread of air contaminants and infections while saving money and being more environmentally friendly. Many of our fabric face coverings have triple-layered fabrics to provide significant levels of protection and filtration from the air around you, even if they don't appear to be composed of stern stuff.
How are you supposed to express yourself when half of your face is hidden? You may still show your style with these attractive reusable face covers, the latest must-have item for 2020, which come in various colors and motifs.
We recommend washing your reusable face mask after each use to guarantee that it provides you with the same level of protection from the day you originally bought it to the day you last used it. In addition, our masks are either machine washable or hand washable, and they may be wiped clean after usage.
What proof is there for face masks?
Cloth face covers have been shown to help minimize the danger of transmission in particular situations. Face masks are designed to capture bigger droplets and tiny aerosol particles when they depart our airways when we cough, sneeze, or talk, preventing them from spreading.
What is the best way to buy a reusable face mask?
Reusable face masks exist in various styles, including pleated cotton masks, molded masks, disposable filters, and face masks with antimicrobial coatings. There are several masks featuring transparent panels for people who rely on lip-reading to communicate.
In addition, there are now several semi-reusable' masks available that can be used and washed a certain number of times before needing to be replaced. Disposable masks are a less sustainable alternative in some cases, both in terms of cost over time and environmental effect.
The newest advice is that you may re-use them, provided you approach them with caution. More information may be found in our guide on disposable vs. reusable masks and our piece on whether or not you should upgrade your face mask.
Remember that because a handmade cloth mask isn't a medical product, it doesn't have to adhere to any specific standards (though there are some voluntary ones in place), so it's essential to be cautious about who you buy from and what to look for.
Reusable masks are available in a variety of styles.
Pleated masks are among the most basic, consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth, generally cotton, with pleats to suit the face. Many contain filter pockets where a disposable filter may be inserted between the layers.
Molded masks are another common and basic mask style that is more molded to the face and may give a better fit. They may feature a vertical seam, criticized as a possible leak source. A filter pocket is included in some of them. Instead of a disposable filter, look for multi-layered molded masks with built-in textile layers.
Semi-reusable masks are similar to disposable masks in that they may be used and washed a certain number of times before needing to be replaced.
Valved masks - When purchasing a mask with a valve, keep in mind that the valve often only filters the air entering, not the air you exhale, defeating the purpose. Some of the more advanced masks made since the epidemic began may filter both directions, although this is not the standard.
Transparent face masks - Because the increasing use of facial coverings has caused communication issues for many people who rely on lip-reading to communicate, there are face masks with a clear panel that allows people to lip-read. These have their problems, such as the transparent panel fogging up. It's also crucial to ensure that these masks remain safe and breathable.
Fabrics for face masks
As evidenced by our and other face mask studies conducted worldwide, densely woven cotton is practical at filtering particles. However, it's critical to employ numerous layers and, preferably, a variety of fabric kinds.
Polypropylene is a non-woven synthetic textile with excellent filtration and moisture-wicking qualities. It's the same stuff that disposable face masks are made of.
Polyester is effective for filtration and moisture-wicking, but it must be used in numerous layers, much like cotton. To increase comfort for regular usage, some commuter-style masks employ polyester or spandex and a more breathable and comfortable cotton layer on the inside. Because silk is generally densely woven, it should be effective at filtration.
Silk may resist water droplets, making it less prone to absorbing virus-laden droplets, although this has yet to be established definitively.
Features of a Face Mask
Filters and pockets for filters Some reusable masks have pockets where a replaceable filter may be inserted as an additional layer.
Commercially available masks may have a more advanced filter, but a pinch, kitchen paper, or a coffee filter can suffice.
Filters designed expressly for masks usually are supplied separately and are often constructed of melt-blown nanofibres (commonly polypropylene) that can filter minute particles similar to those found in industrial and medical-grade masks.
Face coverings with disposable filters were performed admirably in our testing. Still, they were a little more challenging to breathe through. They're also not entirely sustainable because the filters must be discarded regularly, in some cases after each usage.
Try to use multiple layers; our testing revealed a distinct difference between single-layer and double- or triple-layer face covers. It's preferable if your many layers are constructed of various fabrics. Single-layer face covers were better than nothing, but only by a small margin in some circumstances. The WHO recommends a three-layer material mix for non-medical masks, consisting of:
A hydrophilic (moisture-absorbing) substance (e.g., cotton or cotton blends) in the innermost layer;
A middle hydrophobic (moisture repelling) layer of synthetic non-woven material, such as polypropylene or cotton, can help filtration and droplet retention. These are frequently sold as disposable filters purchased together with the mask.
A hydrophobic substance is used for the outermost layer (e.g., polypropylene, polyester, or blends).
Wire for the nose
Some masks contain a metal wire or a foam nose seal over the bridge of your nose that helps shape the mask tight to your face and hold it in place by preventing holes where air can escape. If you wear glasses, this might also help keep them from heating up.
Varied masks have different means of securing them to your face: elastic straps or cloth ties are prominent examples. You must be able to remove the mask using only the straps and without touching your face or the front of the mask to avoid the danger of infection.
It's recommended that you double-check that they have enough give to make the mask comfortable to wear while also allowing it to fit close to your face. Some homemade masks utilize ribbons or fabric ties instead of sitting behind the ears, while others go around your head.
The optimum kind depends on the construction of the specific masks and your personal choice, but seek ties that are likely to be comfortable and provide a snug fit. Adjustable ear loops or twisting the ear loop once to produce a tighter fit can assist with this.
In the end, it's all about the fit.
The qualities listed above might help you acquire an excellent fit around your face, but the design of the face-covering is ultimately what matters. Make sure it fits comfortably and tightly around your face, with the minimum openings for air to escape while being easy to breathe in.
Face masks shield you and others around you from harm.
Wearing a face mask protects you and others from harm. In addition, they're accommodating when physical separation isn't possible.
A face mask must have the following criteria to be effective:
It should go over your nose, mouth, and chin; it should be well-fitting, with no gaps above, below, or on the sides, and be used appropriately and regularly.
A mask that isn't correctly fitted might become ineffective. In addition, it may not be sufficient to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to you or those around you.
Choosing a Mask for Your Face
Depending on the style of mask and how it is worn, different types of face masks can offer varying degrees of protection. It would help if you are looking for a face mask that suits you well.
When choosing the ideal face mask for you, consider a few factors. This includes the following:
Your infection risk, how well the face mask fits you, the material's filtering capabilities, and your comfort
Reusable fabric face masks
A cloth face mask can be used. However, fabric face masks' efficacy varies depending on the type and materials employed.
Reusable fabric face masks with at least three layers and composed of tightly woven fabric, such as cotton, are ideal.
Face masks should ideally be made of two distinct types of cloth that allow for simple breathing while providing filtration and a comfortable fit. In addition, face masks with many layers will help keep respiratory droplets contained.
You may make your cloth face mask more protective by adding a "filter layer" and a nasal bridge wire to help it mold to your face. A filter layer can be a specialized face mask filter or a disposable face mask trimmed down to fit into a face mask pocket.
In well-ventilated environments, fabric face masks can still be helpful for short periods.
Cleaning your fabric-covered face mask
It's critical to look after your face mask. Fabric face masks should be washed with soap and hot water every day and dried thoroughly before use.
You should have enough face masks to wash and wear at least one of them. Examine for signs of wear and tear to ensure there are no holes and that they are still in excellent working order.
Face masks of this sort are available from various shops and online sellers. You may also make your own, but it must have at least three layers.
What face masks should you avoid?
Face masks or coverings of this sort offer relatively little protection against COVID-19 transmission.
A face shield is not advised since it offers minimal protection from droplets or aerosol spray.
Dust masks should not be used since they feature a one-way valve that allows droplets to disperse.
Masks that have seen better days. You should replace the mask if any weakening of the material, holes, ties, or elastic loops can no longer keep it in place.
Face coverings such as scarves, bandannas, buffs, and t-shirts are no longer authorized.
How to Make a Mask More Effective
There are various things you can do to enhance the fit and filtration of your mask.
Wear two masks
Wearing a disposable mask under a cotton mask with many layers of fabric can help to improve your protection.
You canaccomplish the same [protection] as a KN95 if you wear a three-ply surgical mask and make it fit tightly with a two-to three-ply cotton mask. Double masking provides multi-ply protection and presumably aids in the mask's tighter fit against the skin.
Ear Loops Should Be Knotted
To increase the efficiency of a surgical mask, knot the ear loops at the point where they meet the mask and tuck in the surplus material.
Mask fitters should be used
Reusable Face Mask fitters, such as a brace or nylon hosiery sleeve, can improve the efficiency of a surgical mask by ensuring that it is well-fitted to the contours of the face.
The CDC created the video instruction below to show how it's done correctly.
Hair on the face should be trimmed
Because a precise fit around the face skin is critical, people with thick beards may consider shaving their beards to optimize mask fit. Mask fitting might be challenging when you have a beard. However, you can cut or shave your facial hair if you don't want to double mask or use mask fitters.