How To Make (And Clean!) A Homemade COVID-19 Mask #Masks4All

The science is clear (and now widely accepted) that wearing homemade masks will slow the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus and save lives.

Why? If you’re infected (and ~50% of those infected are asymptomatic) then having a cloth layer in front of your face captures up to 100% of droplets emitted from your mouth and nose.

My mask protects you and your mask protects me.

If you haven’t already, please read our thorough explanation of the science behind why we all need to wear masks in public. 

Before Making Your Mask: 

1. Help save lives and limit the spread of COVID-19 by sharing #Masks4All on social media!

2. U.S. Only: Please take 60 seconds to send a pre-written message to your government leaders asking for masks to be required. Send the message Masks4all via text to 50409 (click to text)via this Twitter link, or via this Facebook link.

3. Your mask protects other people, and other people’s masks protect you, but they are not a replacement for other critically important things like staying home, frequently washing your hands with soap and water, and maintaining your distance from other people (6 feet / 2 meters).

4. Please donate professional masks to hospitals (or sew them at home and then donate them using that link!). We are advocating for homemade masks.

What Homemade Mask Material Is Best?

Based on the data, we recommend using a combination of cotton material and a paper towel but any mask is much better than no mask. This DIY guide will show you many different ways to quickly make and clean a protective homemade mask.

Option 1: Bandana, Scarf, or Towel + 2 Elastic Bands + A Paper Towel (1 Minute)

We recommend adding a disposable paper towel between the mask layers each time that you wear it. 

Important: How To Clean Any Homemade Mask

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Option 2: T-Shirt, Scissors, And A Paper Towel (2 Minutes)

Option 3: Sew A Professional Mask (10 Minutes)

We recommend adding a disposable paper towel between the mask layers each time that you wear it.