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Face masks: The type of fabric matters
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When it comes to homemade masks, the type of fabric you choose matters. Some materials prevent more infectious particles than others. No matter which fabric you choose, it's better to use more than one layer by doubling up on the fabric. Find out how to create, wear and clean face masks by following these CDC guidelines.

Wash your mask regularly

Be sure to wash your mask if it's soiled or wet. A washing machine with standard laundry detergent works great. Make sure it's completely dry before wearing it again.

Avoid self-contamination

Remember, your mask could infect you. During "donning and doffing" (putting on and taking off) the mask, there's a danger of self-contamination. Unless you put on and take off the mask safely, your mask could infect you with the coronavirus. You could also contaminate your face or hands if you adjust your cloth (or any) mask.

Watch our brief video to see how to properly don and doff a face mask.