At present the only effective method to counteract the spread of Covid-19 is personal protection and social distancing. That is why protective equipment such as gloves, masks or mouth guards, among others, are considered essential items.
Due to the demand for this product, it has become necessary to make homemade masks, as a way to supply the material approved for personal use, manufactured according to industry standards.
But we are not talking about making a piece of clothing, they are implements that should protect you. Otherwise, there’s no point in using them.
Therefore, it is important to consider the material chosen for the manufacture of the mask, so you will know if it is the most suitable.
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How to make a home mask from fabric
Making a homemade cloth mask is a practical way to protect you and your family from getting the coronavirus. It is a simple craft to make, and in a few minutes it is ready for use.
These are the materials you need to make a homemade mask from fabric:
- Elastic or cloth strips.
Here we leave you the step by step so that you can make your own homemade mask from fabric:
- Cut out two rectangles of cloth, 25 cm long by 15 cm wide, it is recommended to use cotton cloth.
- Hem 0.6 cm at the longest edges of the fabric and 1.25 cm at the wide edges.
- Fix the hems with thread and insert the elastic or cloth strips in the widest hem. Tie the ends.
- Carefully move the elastic or cloth strips until the knots are inside each hem.
- Join the ends of the mask to fit the right size of your face or sew them to the fabric.
Other types of homemade masks
In view of the shortage of masks and the need to use them, creativity and ingenuity have been present.
The idea is to use ideal materials to turn them into mouth guards and reduce the chances of contagion.
Among the various materials that can be used to make different types of homemade masks we have:
Masks with coffee filter
Coffee filters have become a practical solution for making homemade single-use masks.
This requires rubber bands, a stapler and adhesive tape.
Making the coffee filter masks is very simple, you only have to place the rubber bands at each end of the filter and fix them with the stapler. Then you cover each staple with adhesive tape to avoid hurting your face.
Vacuum filter masks
Another ingenious option is the mask made with a vacuum filter, which can be made by hand or with the help of a sewing machine.
You only have to make a paper mould before cutting the filter of the vacuum cleaner and then cut the pieces, put the rubbers on each side and sew to hold the mask in place.
Masks with suit covers
A creative idea shared by a Sevillian firm through social networks, in which they explain how to make masks with suit covers.
Suit-covered masks, unlike commercial masks, have one layer instead of three due to the thickness of the material.
They are made of non-woven fabric (TNT), a resistant material that can be washed with hot water and withstands the heat of an iron at low temperature.
Masks with tetra-brick
Suggested by the Andalusian Institute of Domotics and Energy Efficiency (IDEE), these masks are made from tetra-brick cardboard.
Combine the effectiveness of five layers of materials including: cardboard, plastic and aluminium.
Tetra-brick face masks have a filter that allows breathing, and this part of the package structure is the mouthpiece where the liquid comes out.
Another advantage of this mask is that it can be reused after disinfection and filter change.
Masks made with cloth
Another material used to make masks are the traditional cleaning cloths, which can be made using thread to fix the rubbers or a stapler for greater practicality.
To reinforce its effectiveness you can put a filter inside it.
The masks made with cloth can be reused, they can be sanitized in the washing machine using hot water.
Masks with paper towels
They are considered as a practical option that does not need any kind of sewing.
However, their effectiveness is not comparable to the various materials used to make homemade masks.
Paper kitchen masks are made using elastic and tape or a stapler to hold it to the paper kitchen.
This type of mask is for temporary use, since it must be replaced once it begins to get wet.
Homemade mask for children
During a pandemic, the use of masks and other protective devices are not limited to adults, they must also be used by children.
However, the size of the mask should be considered as a primary consideration, as it must be adapted to the size of the child’s face.
It is important to check that homemade children’s masks are sanitized, and if not, wash them for a full cycle in hot water.
Another recommendation to ensure the protection of children is to make several masks to replace them immediately if necessary.
In this link, you will find a video with the step by step to make a mask for children, in a simple way and with accessible materials.
Masks with guaranteed protection
In response to concerns about the shortage and shortage of disposable masks, citizens have taken the initiative and started to make their own masks from materials that are easy to find in their homes.
However, the CDC wanted to make it clear that they can never replace a medical product, as homemade masks do not comply with a guarantee of protection.
Therefore, those made at home can be used voluntarily as a hygienic measure that, together with hand washing, will favour greater hygiene and barrier against the virus.
In case you don’t want to take any risks or the crafts are not your thing, there is always the option to buy masks manufactured according to the standards of the medical industry.
In this way, you guarantee the safety of the equipment against the coronavirus.
In the category of disposable clothing in our online store you can take a look at the types of masks and protective equipment we have available.