Top Three DIY Face Masks Tips
It is now widely accepted that masks might play a part in helping contain the COVID-19 pandemic. It is Concierge Doctors’ view that each and everyone of us should wear some form of mask whenever in public.
If you absolutely need to venture out, but cannot find a mask anywhere, what should you do? If you are feeling healthy and do not have any symptoms, the answer is simple: you should think about doing your own DIY mask.
Below are some tips that will help you craft your own DIY mask.
What is the Best Fabric to do Your Own DIY mask?
Not all fabrics work the same, with some significantly better at filtering than others. According to preliminary findings, the best type of fabric for DIY-masks were heavyweight “quilters cotton” with a thread count of at least 180, with a thicker and tighter weave. In general, the less light that is able to filter through the fabric, the better.
Here are some examples of common items that might be useful:
- 100% cotton fabrics
- High thread count pillowcases / sheets
- Tea Towels (if they are not knit)
- Thick shirts of T-shirts
- Bandannas (triple layered)
In any case, a double layer or more of fabric is essential to improve efficiency.
What Fabrics to Avoid
Anything that lets the light shine through. Typically, any woven fabrics (like batik) with low thread count or knit ones as the holes between the knits are large.
Here are some examples of fabrics to avoid.
- Large knit fabrics (throws, scarves, wool jumpers)
- Loosely woven fabrics (curtains, linens, hopsacks, tote bags, rugs)
- Stretchy fabrics
How do I Make my Own Mask?
The objective is to use very common items that you might already have at home to avoid you having to leave your home. Below is the list of what you will need.
- 1 Piece of fabric, ideally tightly woven 100% cotton the size of a napkin or a bandanna
- 2 elastic bands (can be hair ties)
- 1 minute of your time
- Optional: coffee filter or vacuum cleaner bag
The steps to make your DIY mask are described in this short video. It takes less than a minute, and only requires the most basic materials.
Remember to perform hand hygiene before starting to make your own mask.
Please remember, face masks are in short supply, especially surgical-grade ones. If you are not displaying any symptoms, and are not a medical professional, please refrain from buying surgical-grades masks. They are essential to medical workers caring for COVID-19 patients.