Since COVID-19 arrived in our lives, cleaning and disinfection services have become a component of our lives. Masks are a central piece of our everyday outfits. Whether running out to the grocery store or collecting the kids from school, it’s vitally important to have a clean mask at all times when you’re not at home.
But worryingly, not everyone ensures their reusable masks are regularly disinfected and cleaned, which in itself poses several health risks to the wearer. If you don’t keep your mask/s clean, you could be exposing yourself to harmful bacteria and other germs that could cause you a range of health issues unrelated to COVID-19. Let’s take a look at exactly how you should safely disinfect and clean your face mask to keep yourself safe.
How to Wash Your Face Mask
Wash your face masks regularly, even daily, if possible. First, detach any removable parts like filters and ear bands. You want to set your machine to the hottest possible water temperature setting to ensure you remove all germs and bacteria. Regarding detergent, it’s best to opt for a product that is free from harsh chemicals such as bleach, so look for an alternative that is eco-friendly such as hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial and antiviral qualities that ensure your mask is thoroughly disinfected and cleaned and will be safe to wear once dry. What’s more, it is naturally soft bleaching, meaning it brightens the fabric and is much more environmentally friendly than chlorine-based bleach. To wash your masks, add a cup of hydrogen peroxide through the automatic bleach dispenser or while the washer fills. If you elect to wash your face masks by hand, create a solution of five tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide for every gallon of boiling water, and leave your masks to soak for between five-ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
The most effective method of drying your mask is direct sunlight, as ultraviolet radiation can inactivate viruses and other pathogens. What’s more, many dryers don’t get hot enough to kill all bacteria, rendering them ineffective at protecting yourself from potential germs and viruses.
It’s crucial to one’s health to recognize the importance of washing your face mask regularly to remove germs and bacteria that accumulate on the surface. Failing to do so can render the wearing of the mask less effective or unsafe. Ensure to wash your mask with an eco-friendly, bleaching solution like hydrogen peroxide to ensure it is safely disinfected and cleaned regularly.
The Organic Maids
Keeping your house clean is essential to maintain the health of the residents. If you have trouble keeping on top of household chores, The Organic Maids can help. We offer residential and commercial cleaning and disinfection services. Call us at 704-999-1947 and see what we can do for you.