How to Disinfect & Reuse a Surgical Mask, N95 or FFP Respirators [Visuals]

In some countries it’s now obligatory to use face masks as soon as you’re out of your home, in some it is only mandatory to wear them indoors or where you can’t keep social distance. We prefer the washable cloth masks (we even made our own) to prevent more pollution and extend the life of fabrics we had like old pajamas and shirts, but due to the lack of a significant decrease of infections, it is now obligatory to wear only surgical or FFP masks (which are single use) in some places.

With protective gear still in high demand, buying disposable face masks can be difficult, expensive, and can exacerbate shortages for medical personnel. For that reason, we want to share some visuals from organizations and education institutes who indicate how to disinfect and extend the life of these masks safely.

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What to do with my used face mask?

Walking around in our city, we’re already used to see some garbage on the ground, e.g. cigarette butts, lost packages of paper tissues and discarded bags from some fast food meals. But recently, there’s a new addition: single-use face masks.

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