Proper Sanitation Procedures for Cloth Masks

VICTORIA, Texas – Since the CDC came out with the recommendation that everyone wears at least a cloth facial covering in places like the grocery store to protect against the coronavirus, there have been many myths on how to clean and sanitize them.

The easiest way to sanitize your cloth face masks is to throw them in with your laundry. Laundry detergent and hot water are great defenses against the novel coronavirus. You can either air dry or put them in the dryer. Just be aware of fabric shrinkage that could occur with drying on high heat.

Another way is handwashing. Run a sink of hot water, add dish soap, and swish your mask around in it. Let that sit until the water has cooled off. Then you can rinse it, and let it air dry.

The final way is using bleach in your washing machine. Just make sure you dilute your bleach (1/2cup of bleach per gallon of water) and do a bleach fastness test on the fabric before you wash it with bleach.

Never put your cloth mask or facial covering in the microwave for any amount of time to sanitize it. You could burn or damage your mask. Also, remember not to mix household chemicals in this time of cleanliness.

  • Do not mix bleach with ammonia, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar
  • Do not mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar