#Stayhome and be safe. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a detailed manual to prepare homemade face masks using items like old vests, t-shirts, handkerchiefs, faded dupatta or any cotton cloth. Apparently, they also stated that these homemade masks are 70% effective in curbing the spread od corona virus. Masks not helps fully but they lower the chances of this deadly virus entering the respiratory system through the droplets left in the air from an infected person.
Everyone needs 2 homemade face masks, not only 1
- When you wear a fresh mask, the other one should goes into laundry.
- No sharing is allowed. It can pass on your germs.
Things to keep in mind while making this easy homemade face mask
- Make sure that the cloth you use for mask should be thoroughly cleaned and washed before you stich it.
- Wash the cloth in boiling water for 5 minutes and dry it completely before making the mask. Also add water to salt for better result.
- Mask should cover the mouth and nose completely.
Things you will need to prepare homemade face mask
- Two 10X6 inch rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6-inch pieces of elastic
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
Sewn cloth face mask
- Cut out two 10X6 inch rectangles of any cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton such as quilting fabric, cotton sheets, t-shirt or handkerchief. It will work at a pinch
- Stack the two rectangles, sew the cloth face covering as if it was a single piece of fabric.
- Fold over the long side ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along short sides and stich down.
- Run a 6 inch length of 1/8 inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the cloth face covering. These will turn to be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight. If you don’t have elastic, use hair ties or elastic heads bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the cloth face covering behind your head.
- Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the cloth face covering on the elastic and adjust so the cloth face covering fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping. And your homemade face mask is ready.
Things to remember
- Wash hand thoroughly before making the mask.
- Don’t share the mask with anyone
- If the mask becomes damp or humid, switch to another one and clean the used one.
- Clean your mask everyday and dry it in the sunlight.