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The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that the general public wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They say that face coverings should be washed after each use. So how should a face mask be washed? Don’t worry it’s super easy! In this post we’ll review the CDC’s instructions for washing your face mask. Let’s get to it!

Machine Washing

This is the most convenient method especially since they say you can wash your face mask along with your regular laundry. You can use your normal laundry detergent but they do recommend that you use the warmest water setting appropriate for the cloth used to make the face mask. That’s it, pretty simple!

Hand Washing

The CDC recommends using a bleach solution to hand wash your face mask. It’s easy to make by just mixing either 5 tablespoons of household bleach with 1 gallon of room temperature water. You can make a smaller batch by mixing 4 teaspoons of household bleach with 1 quart of room temperature water.

Something that you will want to check for is to make sure that the bleach that you use is intended for disinfection. Not all bleaches are. Also make sure not to use the bleach past its expiration date. Since bleach used for disinfection generally isn’t color safe it could bleach the color out of your mask.


The CDC really emphasizes the importance of completely drying your cloth face mask. You can use your dryer to dry it and make sure to use the highest heat setting. Alternatively you can let it air dry. Simply lay it out flat and allow it to completely dry, preferably in direct sunlight.


That’s all there is to it. If you choose to machine wash and dry your face mask you can keep it clean with just a couple of minor adjustments to your regular routine. Even if you decide to hand wash and air dry it you can get it done simply and easily in just a few minutes.

Happy mask washing!