100% Cotton Masks
Thanks to all of you who helped me donate homemade masks to hospitals in the early days of COVID-19.
The masks have two elastic ear straps and a wire inside the top seam to allow the mask to form around your nose and create a tighter air seal. If the elastic ear straps are uncomfortable, you can tie a stretchy piece of fabric or something similar (shoelaces, etc) around your head like a headband and loop it through the ear straps.
Masks are made from tightly woven 100% cotton fabric. They are sterilized by baking in my oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, then sealed in plastic bags and shipped.
Your sterilized mask will be shipped to you within 2 business days.
Notes on Effectiveness and Instructions for Use
These face masks are made of two layers of cotton fabric and do not filter particles as effectively as an N95 mask. According to some tests, two layers of cotton fabric may filter up to 50% of COVID-19-sized particles. (Read more here). However, face masks are not a substitute for limiting your exposure to other people and minimizing trips outside of the home.
Avoid touching the mask when you're out of the house. If you need to adjust or remove it, touch only the elastic ear loops or the edges next to your ears.
Remember that these masks do not protect you completely from COVID-19. Please keep yourself safe! Avoid touching your face and practice social distancing. Thank you!
Washing, Sanitizing, & Storage:
Wash and dry the mask as often as you can (between uses). Iron to sanitize quickly in-between washes.
Store in a clean paper bag or similar, so that it can safely dry out without further contamination.