How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

How to Select

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

DO choose masks that: have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric; completely cover your nose and mouth; fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.
DO NOT choose masks that: are made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinyl; have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape; are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks.

Special Situations: Glasses - If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.

 

Special Situations: Children - If you are able, find a mask that is made for children; If you can’t find a mask made for children, check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin; Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old.

 

How to Wear

Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.

  • Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask
  • Do NOT touch the mask when wearing it 

DO Wear a Mask That

  • Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face

For more information, visit the CDC How to Wear Masks web page.

     Do wear a mask that: Covers your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin; Fits snugly against the sides of your face.

     

    Do NOT Wear a Mask

     

    How To Take Off a Mask

        

    How To Clean  

    Washer and dryer - dryer has regular laundry including face masks

     

    Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

    • Include your mask with your regular laundry
    • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
    • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

     

     

     

    For more information, see the CDC Mask Safety web site.