The Reusable Face Mask Guide
Here at Leftover Threads, all of our masks are designed and made by taking into consideration the latest information and research available on materials and filter efficiency. There are still debates if face coverings is working against COVID-19 but if you are reading this, you have probably made up your mind about this.
How To Use A Cloth Mask/ Face Covering?
As viruses can live on the surface of the mask, please take note of the following recommendations:
- Don’t touch the front of the mask when wearing it and be mindful when taking it off.
- Each individual should have at least two masks- wear one, wash one.
- Depending on your routine and habits, you may want to consider having a larger set of masks so you can change them more frequently.
- Although masks are washable and reusable, each person should preferably have their own designated masks.
Extra precautionary measures:
- Children under 2 should not wear a face mask.
- Children ages 2 and up should be supervised at all times when wearing a mask. (In the UK, children under 11 years don’t have to wear a mask.)
- Anyone who has trouble breathing, or unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask.
How to wash your mask
Washing machines do a great job at cleaning masks.
40c-60c with detergent will kill viruses.
You can wash your mask with your normal laundry.
They can easily be washed by hand too.
Soak your mask in very hot soapy water for at least 15 minutes, then rinse it thoroughly.
Our non-woven fabric filters can also be washed and reused.
Up to 90C
Wash in machine: As they are quite small they are better washed in a mesh wash bag.
By hand: Simply boil the kettle and pout hot water over filters. Wait til the water cools add a small amount of detergent, wash and dry. No need to scrub.
How to wear your mask
- Wash your hands before handling your mask
- Insert the filter if using one
- Ensure the masks fits your face- make it tighter by knotting the elastic ear loops smaller
- Once on, try not to touch your mask or adjust it. If you must, wash your hands before and after.
How to remove your mask
- Wash your hands before handling the mask.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and moth when taking the mask off.
- Hold the mask by the ear loops and pull it away from the face.
- Put the mask straight into your laundry basket or other designated container.
- Wash your hands afterwards.
How often should I change my mask?
After every use. Or at least daily.
What can I use as a filter?
Our masks are made with high quality fabrics that provides some filtration so they can be worn as is. But they also have a filter pocket so a filter can be inserted if wanted. New research is emerging everyday on what material can filter particles as small as the Coronavirus.
We use heavy weight melt blown non- woven interfacing fabric for our filters. This material is readily available in fabric shops and is similar to polypropylene which disposable masks are made from. This fabric can be washed up to 90c which makes it possible to sterilise and reuse them. Washing them at 40c is sufficient.
Like with many other fabrics on the market, no research or tests have been conducted on the effectiveness against COVID-19.
Kitchen roll or tissue paper, both materials easily found at home, are also good alternatives. If soaked in salt solution, they are even more efficient.
Based on this research.
How To Make Saline Face Mask Filters?
To make around 8-10 filters you need;
Kitchen paper towel/ cotton fabric/ or interfacing material
30 grams of salt.
Keep in mind the size of the the tissue to fit your mask filter pocket. Put it on clean surface like a plate. Spoon on saline solution until the paper towel/fabric is completely infused, fold and repeat until its the right size to fit inside your mask pocket. If using interfacing materials there is no need to fold.
Air-dry flat. When fully dry its ready to insert into your face mask pocket.
This is a recipe based on this research.
WHEN YOU BUY A MASK WE DONATE TO PEOPLE IN NEED.
Since we started our mask project in April 2020 we have given away 100’s of masks to those in need. When we launched our online collection we did a “buy one donate one” scheme. For every mask you bought we gave one to someone in need locally. Front line workers, volunteers, high risk and vulnerable people on low income.
We have been working with local charities and volunteer groups to get the masks where they are needed the most.
Time To Talk – Befriending plus many more smaller groups and individuals.
We know that the funds goes directly where they are needed and it is not run by greedy CEO’s.
The money raised from of one of our masks will provide 6 masks or 2kg of rice in Tondo Manila.
Currently all the donations raised from our mask sales goes towards helping children continue their studies. If you want to find out about our personal connection with this amazing charity, you can read about our that in our blog post.