A Doctor Explains How to Properly Clean Cloth Face Masks to Keep Germs at Bay – POPSUGAR

Self-sewn face mask freshly washed to protect against viruses and bacteria

Now that the Centers For Disease Control is recommending wearing cloth face masks in public amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s important to know not only where to get them (or how to make them), but also how to take care of them. POPSUGAR spoke with Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, senior medical director at WebMD, about how to properly clean the fabric to ensure you’re protecting yourself from the virus.

How Often Should I Wash a Cloth Face Mask?

Wash the mask every time you wear it. As soon as you get in from being outside, put the mask directly into your sink or washing machine — or if you can’t wash it right away, seal it in a plastic bag until you can. Dr. Cassoobhoy also stressed the importance of not letting the mask touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while you’re taking it off, just in case it’s been contaminated. This means being very careful when removing it and then properly washing your hands immediately afterward.

How to Properly Clean Your Face Mask

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