Everything You Need To Know About Wearing, Cleaning, And Buying Reusable Masks In Columbus

On Thursday, July 2, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther signed an order making wearing face masks in public mandatory. For more details, you can click here.

For the foreseeable future, masks are going to be part of our everyday attire when leaving the house.

The CDC, Governor DeWine, and Dr. Acton have all recommended that people wear cloth masks in public now, and some states are even making it a requirement for re-opening. The purpose of wearing a handmade mask to help keep each other safe.

Due to the fact that some people with coronavirus are completely asymptomatic, wearing a mask is a crucial part of the plan to help slow the spread of disease. By covering your face, you’re preventing your respiratory droplets from traveling out into the world freely. When we’re all wearing masks, we’re helping one another stay safe and we’re decreasing the chance of infecting someone else.

How to wear a mask

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should-

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

How to safely remove and clean your mask

Let’s say you’ve just returned home from the grocery store and now it’s time to free your face in the comfort of your own home. The first step in basically everything we do these days is washing your hands properly. Then, touching only the elastic pieces around the ears, remove your mask. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Place your mask directly in the washer then wash your hands again!

Your masks should be washed and dried at the highest temperature possible. If you don’t have a washing machine, you can also sterilize masks by ironing them thoroughly or you cand handwash by scrubbing them with soap and hot water and then drying with heat.

Where you can buy a mask

If like myself you’re completely inept at all things crafty, you’re probably searching for somewhere to buy a mask or two. There are heaps of places to purchase a mask locally. They come in a variety of patterns and prints but they’ll help you do your part in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

How you can make a mask

If you have the ability to sew masks, I have no doubt that you’ve probably already got a few under your belt. But just in case you’re searching for resources, you can check out Sew to Speak. This local sewing store has all of the details on making masks, including patterns, and it’s a great resource for supplies.

If sewing isn’t your thing, don’t worry. There are ways to make masks without going near a sewing machine. The CDC released guidelines on no-sew masks, including repurposing old t-shirts.

Additionally, you can use a bandana or other spare fabric and two rubber bands to create a cloth mask.

No matter which option you choose, I know you’ll find a way to make it fabulous, Columbus.


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