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States are now requiring their citizens to wear face masks in public settings. While this is not a requirement across the board, many of us are taking this step on our own. Everyone wants to take the necessary steps to keep each other safe and it’s a great way to make sure that you are still protected, especially in scenarios where social distancing cannot take place.

Whether you have made it or bought it, you probably own at least one face mask by now. Perhaps you are wondering if you have the ability to clean it. Masks that are made of fabric are certainly able to be cleaned and this handy guide is here to simplify the process. COVID-19 is able to live on fabric materials for up to a week, so it’s a great idea to clean the mask before it is used.

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If you are someone who needs to wear a face mask on an everyday basis, you should have more than one to choose from. This will keep you from wearing the same one over and over again. These masks can either be washed by hand with soap and hot water or you can run them through the washing machine. Do not make the mistake of placing the mask in the microwave or oven.

By taking the time to check out the clip below, you can learn everything that you need to know about the cleaning process. Disposable face masks can also be cleaned in a pinch. When people ask us what they can do to slow down the spread of COVID-19, we give them a very simple answer: Face masks. But, it’s important to keep your face mask clean!

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