There’s this thing going around, maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, and it’s shaken up the world like nothing else in recent history.
While staying at home and maintaining your distance as much as possible from others is the best way to avoid contracting this awful disease, sometimes you need to get out. And when you do, you want to make sure that you’re still staying as safe as possible.
That’s why in this article, we’re going to teach you how to make your own facial mask in the comfort of your own home. Don’t brave the outside world unless you’ve got one of these handy.
Why Should You Make One at Home?
Of course, the easiest course of action seems to be just going out and buying yourself a face mask. This saves you some time, sure, but here’s why we recommend making one yourself instead.
For starters, face masks are a finite resource. They don’t grow on trees, and in today’s world, they’re an essential commodity. You can probably buy them cheaply, but those same masks may be needed for others.
Hospital staff and other essential workers don’t have time to make one at home. They’re too busy helping others to spend that much time crafting such an important piece of equipment. But if everyone goes out to buy their own mask, it leaves little for the people who need it more.
Secondly, knowing how to make your own face mask may become an important skill to have. There’s no guarantee that your local Target or Walmart will have enough face masks for everyone. And why risk contamination after spending all day in a queue when you can make a mask yourself?
This pandemic has forced everyone to think just a little smarter. And the smart choice here is to just stay home as much as possible, and make your own face mask for when you absolutely need to go out.
How to Make a Mask
We’ve spent enough time going over why masks are essential, so without any further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritties of mask-making.
The guide we’re about to show you requires no sewing at all, so don’t worry if you aren’t handy with a board and needle.
All you need are two elastic bands or hair ties, and one bandana or handkerchief measuring about 50 cm by 50 cm.
Step One) Start by laying the cloth out flat.
Step Two) Fold it in half.
Step Three) Fold the top third down, and then fold the bottom half up to meet it.
Step Four) Thread the cloth through your two elastic bands, and adjust it until both elastic bands are evenly-spaced.
Step Five) Lastly, fold each side of the cloth over to the middle so that the two bands are between them. Tuck in the folds.
And just like that, you’ve learnt how to make your own face mask with pretty much no experience necessary. It really is as simple as that. If you want to see this process in action, check out this video.
How to Wear Your Face Mask
We’ll let you figure out how to put on your face mask, but for now, here are a few things to consider when you’re out wearing your mask.
- Don’t touch your face – this includes your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Even though your face is covered, try to always adhere to social distancing guidelines – there’s no need to get up in someone’s face.
- Store your recently worn face masks in a plastic bag, out of sight and away from everything else, until you get a chance to wash them.
- Lastly, wash your face masks regularly. They don’t need their own separate load of laundry, so pack them in with everything else. Normal detergent will work just fine.
Always remember to stay safe. There are plenty of guides online just like this one that detail various aspects of social distancing and quarantine. Use your own discretion too, but above all, remember that your safety is also tied to those around you.
Play it smart, and you’ll do just fine. If you want, here is a great video on all the social distancing guidelines you should consider. But beyond that, stay safe, readers.