There are a number of ways to disinfect your DIY face mask. Some methods work better than others, so it is important to know the best ones to use for this task.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best methods recommended by only the experts at disinfecting and tell you when each should be used so that you can make an educated decision about which one is appropriate for your needs.
Boil Your Face Mask to Disinfect It
A DIY Face mask is a pretty cost-effective way to protect yourself from germs and bacteria that can cause illness.
DIY Face masks are usually made out of cut clothes or bedsheets. If you want to keep your mask clean and free from contamination, it is important that you disinfect the cloth with boiling water before use.
This method is pretty easy and has been proven to be effective in cleaning your mask as well as killing any germs that may be present on the surface:
-Fill a pot with enough water for the face mask of your choice.
-Place this in an oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit or 110 degrees Celsius on low heat. If you don’t have an oven, just place it on your stove top and turn the stove too low.
-After about 30 minutes, turn off the oven or stove and let it cool down before removing the pot from your oven or place it on a hot pad. The cloth should be clean enough for use and any bacteria living on its surface will have died due to being exposed to such high temperatures for so long.
To make this method even better, you can pour in a few drops of tea tree oil to help kill any remaining bacteria.
Use a Cleaning Detergent For Your Mask
One of the best things that makes a DIY Face mask really great is because you can easily clean and disinfect it using a washing machine and a strong detergent.
As we go out, we get surrounded by germs and bacteria that may be floating around the air or perhaps on the surfaces of people, tables, and other things.
If you want to make your DIY Mask last longer and be more hygienic then it’s best to clean it with a detergent before reuse.
The most important thing is that there is no soap residue or any sign of dirt on the mask left behind after washing as this can be an indication of bacteria or germs still being present.
Use a detergent that’s applicable to your skin type and remember to not over-soap the mask as this can be damaging for your skin too.
To disinfect your face mask using detergent follow the steps below:
- Start by taking your face mask and placing it into the washer. Then pour in a tablespoon of detergent.
- Turn the washer on and let it run through a complete cycle to clean your mask thoroughly.
- Once completed, remove the mask from the washer and shake off any excess water that’s left behind before air drying or using a towel to dry it off with care.
When you’re finished washing your DIY Mask this way, you’ll be confident to know that there are no bacteria or germs left to be present.
Use Hot Water and Bleach to Disinfect Face Mask
As you all know from the first method, hot water can help in killing germs and bacteria since exposure to high heat will severely affect them.
However, if you don’t have 30 minutes to spare and waiting for your face mask to boil up seems troublesome, it’s good to use bleach since it’ll make disinfecting quicker.
To do this just simply add three teaspoons of bleach to a gallon of hot water and soak your mask in it for at least 10 minutes.
Mixing the two will create an environment that is toxic but lethal to any bacteria or germs present on your DIY Mask.
This method can kill them without using up too much time since you just have to wait for a few minutes for it to be ready!
We’ve surely given you a few great, easy methods for disinfecting your DIY cloth face mask.
With these tips in hand, it should be easier to maintain the cleanliness of this inexpensive and popular way to protect yourself from dirt, germs, and pollution.
Now go out there and enjoy the world with your new knowledge without the fear of all its potential dangers lurking around every corner.