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Whether you’ve bought face masks from a vendor that gives back, or made them yourself with an at-home DIY, the CDC’s latest guidelines have us wearing them everywhere we go. Having a few on hand to cycle through is worth it, but any excess should be donated to health care workers and first responders to help preserve the supply of PPE for those with a high risk of exposure. If we’re reusing our masks for grocery runs, socially distant walks, or picking up a furry friend, what’s the best way to keep them clean and avoid contamination?
Pure cloth face masks aren’t the only option out there. Scarves, neck gaiters, and repurposed clothing have been alternatives for people waiting for masks on backorder or unable to purchase them. After donating all N95 and surgical masks to hospitals, fiber dust masks, like those found in construction sites are still an option for some populations.