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Washable & Reusable Cloth Face Masks

Posted by Jeff Kantor on

Washable Antimicrobial Face Mask


Washable & Reusable Cloth Face Masks are becoming more of a big deal now that the CDC is actually recommending that citizens don at least cloth face mask when they are out and about.  

This has changed somewhat as before the recommendation was mainly in hot spots but I think we are reaching that new normal.  So more and more people are reaching out wandering about washing and reusing their face masks

There are lots of places to get face masks, we obviously are in favor of you ordering from us, The Social Distance Mask Company because of our quality, but there are plenty of DIY face mast tutorials and options out there.


Washable and Reusable Cloth Face Masks Are Recommended By The CDC

It's really interesting to see what the CDC actually recommends with regard to Face Masks.  All medical face masks are to be reserved for front line workers so they nudge you away from those masks in their guidelines. 

  • Fits securely but comfortable against the cheeks
  • Have ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape


Those guidelines bode well for us because all of our masks fit that description.  In fact our multi-layer bamboo cloth provides antimicrobial protection and our filter pocket is built to fit the 3M n95 rated inserts referenced on our home page.

We understand that many people are obtaining masks all over the place and stuffing the filter pocket with paper towels, coffee filters, HVAC filters and even sanitary napkins in order to block particles.

We at Social Distance Mask Company do not recommend this because the idea of a social distancing mask compliant with the CDC guidelines is to protect other people for you!  Keeping your droplets to yourself is key to battling Covid19 and flattening the curve.  They are not meant to block other people's droplets from you.  

But if we all wear our masks and follow social distance protocols, cloth face masks will be effective.


How To Wash A Face Mask

Washing a face mask is just as important as getting one.  There are many disposable masks on the market but they are expensive and hard to get.  So if you do get a cloth face mask washing it is key to having it work for you properly.

The CDC actually weighs in Mask washing in their guidelines as well.

  • Fabric face masks should be washed depending on the frequency of use
  • A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering
  • Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing


Something to keep in mind about the cleaning instructions above is that they are only general guidelines. You need to consider the washing and care instruction on the packaging of the mask you buy.  There are so many different fabrics being used as well as structural materials that could be damaged by machine washing.

There's no telling the best way to care for your face mask if you are buying a DIY mask on Etsy or one of those fly by night mask companies that are pumping out ads on Facebook and Instagram.  It will be helpful for you to read the comments and reviews if you are shopping for these.  The customers will let you know if the experience was good for them and if they use quality materials.  

By now you may have heard all types of cleaning remedies like microwaving masks, boiling them or using disinfectant on them. We don't endorse these for our masks and probably any others.  There is no real substitute for good old fashion soap.

The scientists keep mentioning that the virus walls are broken down by soap.  The masks at The Social Distance Mask Company are made from charcoal bamboo poly fabric which have natural antimicrobial properties. We have a soft metal top strap that softly bends to mold to the shape of your face across the nose and onto the cheeks.  We have sturdy adjustable straps that comfortably fit around the ears.  We recommend hand or gentle machine washing with soap and hang drying.  

I actually clean my mask by working it between my hands while washing them and find it very effective.  The needed frequency for cleaning really depend on the frequency of use.  I am isolated and don't venture out often so I wash it every few days.  If I exercise I wash after use so it will be dry for the next day just in case I need it.

If you have made, bought or somehow fashioned a filter for your face mask remove before washing your mask.  Some professional filter inserts made for masks may be washable.  Refer to the instructions for care.  

Washing and reusing a face mask is really an important aspect of our new normal.  You get what you pay for when purchasing a mask.  Remember, it's literally the Wild West out their regarding masks so make sure you get something that will be cost effective and do the trick for you.