The Right Way to Clean: Fabric Face Masks and Rubber Gloves


Knowing how to properly clean the things that protect you will help you to keep them longer and continue to work like new. Keeping them in good shape helps save money and, in many cases, prevents the spread of bacteria.

How to Clean Cloth Face Mask


The CDC has general guidelines on how to properly clean most cloth and fabric masks:

  • Fabric face masks should be routinely 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

Be aware that guidelines vary depending on the mask's fabric and filter type. Professional fabric masks should be washed in hot water in the washing machine, and tumble dried on high heat. Hand-sewn or DIY masks may need to be hand-washed. For hand-washing masks, lather with laundry detergent and baking soda under running hot water for 20 seconds, then toss in dryer tumble dried on high heat. If wrinkled, iron masks on low heat.  


How to Clean Rubber Gloves 


Wearing rubber gloves for kitchen work and other housekeeping chores can protect your hands from harmful chemicals and contagious bacteria. However, no matter their strength, your gloves need protection too. Avoid unseen punctures, foul-smelling odors and residue covered gloves by following these easy simple steps. 

Step 1. Mix a mild liquid detergent with warm water in a bucket or stainless steel sink. 

Step 2. Pulling from the bottom, the gloves inside out. Wash gloves in sudsy water, scrubbing the outside of the gloves. 

Step 3. Rinse the gloves with warm water. 

Step 4. Hang gloves upside down to drip dry or lay on a towel and pat dry. 





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