Details:- Masks are currently made to order and usually ship within 1 week- Machine washable- 100% high quality quilting cotton- 9”w x 3”h (adult size) - 18" ties with cotton strings (recycled from t-shirts)Or- Soft elastic for around the ears- Pleats make them expandable and adjustable to your face- Made standard with small opening to insert a filter- Reversible: each side has a different fabric, so if you choose a specific pattern, it will be on one side and I will choose a matching fabric for the other side. This also helps you differentiate which side you have worn on the outside to help prevent spread of germs. Payment methods available: Credit/Debit card or PayPal via this website checkout Alternately, you can contact me directly if you wish to order that way and pay via the following: Venmo (@Amber-McQuinn) PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cash (in person) Check (via mail or in person) Square card scanner (in person)**Due to a rapidly increasing amount of mask orders, I’m unable to take any special requests for fabric I don’t already have in stock. I’m happy to try to accommodate requests for specific patterns/colors of fabrics I have** SOME OF THE THEMED FABRICS I HAVE AVAILABLE: Autism Awareness Breast Cancer Awareness Military-approved solid colors (OD Green, Black, Brown) Hershey Kisses Star Wars Dr. Who Marvel Superheros Spider-Man Batman Lion King Disney Villanesses Minecraft Harry Potter Harley Davidson Oregon Ducks Penn State Nittany Lions Seattle Seahawks NBA logos Americana Stars & Stripes
Adult Size Cotton Face Mask
IS A FABRIC FACE MASK EFFECTIVE?
A homemade face mask is not a replacement for medical PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Wearing a homemade face mask does not protect you or others from the virus. It can help (which is why the CDC recommends wearing one when going to the grocery store or pharmacy) but it is only a semi-protective barrier. It can help your germs from spreading to others, since you or I can be asymptomatic. But a homemade mask is not the same as a medical PPE. Be informed and follow what our health professionals are recommending.
IF YOU WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC:
• When you get to your car, take the mask off. Try not to touch the front of the mask (it works best to untie from your neck first, and pull the mask up and over your head) then place the mask in a bag. You may use a fabric bag or pillowcase for this, so when you get home you can wash everything together. If you wore gloves to the store, pull those off from the inside out and place them in the bag also.
• When you get home, WASH your hands for 20 seconds.
• Wash the mask in a washing machine. Throw away the gloves (if they are disposable).
• Disinfect your car by wiping down the things you touched, your steering wheel, keys, phone, credit card, doorknob to the house when you came in.
CAN THIS GO OVER AN N95 MASK?
Yes, this mask style works very well over an N95 mask (or similar grade).
CAN YOU INSERT A FILTER?
Yes. This mask is designed with an opening, so an additional piece/layer of filtering material can be inserted. Ideally, after each use you would wash the fabric mask, dispose of the filter, and insert a new filter for the next use.
WHAT DO I USE FOR A FILTER?
In a medical setting, a paper-like fabric called “surgical drape” works well. It is papery on one side, and has a slight plastic film on the other side. It’s lightweight enough to breath through, but adds a barrier to help keep moisture from coming in or out of the mask. I’m not sure if this fabric is available currently online, in light of the pandemic.
People have mentioned “shop towels” to use for a filter layer or non-woven interfacing.
HOW DO YOU WASH THE MASK?
Wash the mask in a washing machine, and then dry. Be sure to loosely tie the ties together so they don’t get tangled. You can also iron it if you wish. If you have worn your mask to the grocery store, I would take the mask off when you get to your car. Place it in a bag, so you are not spreading germs into your car. When you arrive home, wash the mask.
SHOULD I WASH THE MASK IN A FABRIC BAG?
To make washing easy, place the mask in the fabric bag or pillowcase after wearing it, and throw the whole bag in the washing machine. This will also keep the ties from getting caught or knotted up.