Non-medical masks or face coverings should:
- fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
- maintain their shape after washing and drying
- be made of at least three layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen)
- be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
Medical masks (medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders.
If the face covering can be cleaned, you should:
- put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine
- wash with other items using a hot cycle with laundry detergent (no special soaps are needed), and dry thoroughly
- wash your hands after putting the face covering into the laundry
Ensure to let it dry completely before wearing it again. You can include a cloth mask with other laundry.
Damaged and disposable masks should be put in a regular garbage bin that’s lined with a plastic bag. When emptying the bin, take care to not touch used masks or tissues with your hands.