Since we make these masks in Victoria, we follow the latest information from the Victorian Government and ensure all of our masks adhere to DHHS advice of layering three layers of breathable fabrics of varying weights. As of midnight Wednesday 22nd of July, face masks are mandatory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
A mask is just one tool in fighting the spread of the Covid-19. Obviously, staying inside and physically distancing are the best options, but if we can't do that, wearing a mask provides a physical barrier to the virus.
Please note, we do not make P2 or Surgical Masks. However, even cloth face masks help contain droplets when people cough or sneeze, which reduces the likelihood of spreading the virus. Wearing a mask also discourages you from touching your face. According to Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton,"Cloth masks are inexpensive, easy to make and simple to use,".
So here's how to make your own DIY face masks at home:
Face Mask Washing Instructions:
Fabric face masks should be removed as soon as they become damp and not used again until they have been washed. Make sure you have a second mask that you can switch to between washes.
1. Remove and throw away any disposable filters from your face mask.
2. Clean with laundry detergent in a normal wash cycle in a washing machine, or wash and soak thoroughly in a similar disinfectant solution by hand (using a bowl or jar). For prints, cold water is best to seal in the fabric dye and preserve colours.
3. Finally, air-dry your mask (ideally in the sun), and make sure it’s completely dry before using it again.
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