How to wear a cloth face mask: Dos and Don'ts

Published August 3, 2020


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated masking guidelines since this was written. Get the latest information.  
How to wear a cloth face mask

How to wear a cloth face mask


  • Wash soiled mask in hot water and dry thoroughly
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to putting on and after taking off your mask
  • Still practice social distancing when wearing a mask
  • Make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against your face
  • Make sure it covers your mouth and nose


  • Wear a soiled or wet mask
  • Touch or handle the mask by the front. Use ear loops to remove the mask
  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask
  • Place on young children under age of two