DIY Cloth Face Masks To Help Stay COVID-19 Safe

Face coverings are now mandatory for everyone in the state of Victoria to wear when leaving the house. This new measure was put into place by the Victorian government yesterday (August 2, 2020) at 11:59pm to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

Face coverings can include masks, but also other coverings such as scarves or bandanas if masks are unavailable. 

How To Make Face Masks

When making your own face mask it is important to follow instructions from a reputable source to ensure you are making a face mask that will give you proper protection. For this reason, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has created comprehensive instruction on how to make your own cloth face mask. 

For your convenience you can find these instructions below. Alternatively you can click here to download the full, official PDF. You can also find the PDF on the Victorian Department of Health and Human services website.

Adapted from the Victorian State Government Health and Human Services ‘How to make a cloth mask‘ resource.

Cleaning Your Cloth Mask

Cloth masks should be washed before they are reworn. You can wash a mask using a washing machine and with other clothes. Alternatively, you can wash your cloth mask using soap and warm water.

Make sure your mask is dry before you reuse it.

And finally, make sure you clean your hands either with soap and water or alcohold based hand rub after handling used face masks.

As directed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care alcohol rub should be made up of over 60% alocohol or 70% isopropanol.

Disclaimer: refer to official government websites and resources for the latest COVID-19 information and advice.