How Often Should I Wash My Mask?

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Be honest. How many times do you wash your face mask after each wear? Do you know how often you’re supposed to wash it?

“You should wash your cloth mask after each use,” says Robin Patel, MD, the president of the American Society for Microbiology. “Masks can be washed with your regular laundry with detergent. Dry your mask in the dryer on the highest heat setting or air dry in direct sunlight.”

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Alexandra Sifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that