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PSA: Wash your hands and wash your masks!

Given that face masks or coverings are either required or highly recommended in all public areas across the nation, learning how to correctly clean reusable cloth masks is important. After wearing your face mask all day, make sure you give it the same TLC you would give any other piece of clothing in your closet. 

It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. According to the CDC, cloth face masks and coverings should be washed and cleaned after each use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make it easy for you, here is a handy guide for 3 ways to effectively washing face masks. 

Hand-Washing With Bleach:

1. Before washing the masks, clean the sink or bucket you plan on using to ensure that there are no remaining products in it.

2. Fill the container with hot water. It is crucial to fill the basin before putting in the masks because running water onto cloth can cause the fabric to stretch.

3. If the fabric of the mask is suitable for bleaching, soak the mask in a bleach solution (1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water) for 5 minutes.

4. Then wash the mask with a gentle detergent in hot water.

5. Rinse the mask thoroughly in warm water and make sure it is left in an area where it will dry completely before next use.

Hand-Washing Without Bleach: 

1. If the mask is not suitable for bleaching, we suggest using Dropps Small Loads Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent, which is hypoallergenic, non-irritating, safe for all fabrics, and the perfect size for small loads of laundry. Fill a basin with hot water and let one pod dissolve in the water.

2. Place the masks in the soapy water, and let them sit for a 3-5 minutes.

3. Then gently move the masks around in the water with your hands.

4. Drain the sink or bucket and rinse the masks in clean warm water to rinse out all of the detergent.

5. Squeeze the masks to release any excess water.

6. Hang the masks to dry completely before next use. 

Machine Washing: 

1. Add gentle detergent to the washing machine. We suggest using Dropps Laundry Detergent Pods!

2. Place the face masks into the washing machine. Face masks can be washed with your regular laundry, which saves water and energy.

3. Start the cycle. The CDC recommends using the warmest appropriate water setting to kill germs. 

4. Dry the masks in the dryer at the highest appropriate heat or hang them to dry in direct sunlight. Make sure they are completely dry before next use. 

Store the dry masks in a clean, covered space until you want to use them. Happy washing! 

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