3 Household Items You Can Turn Into Face Coverings

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While you can still find non-medical grade masks online, you might be wondering if there are materials available at home you can use to make your own. We've written about a few face mask hacks, and it turns out you might have some things on hand already to whip up your own.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should wear cloth face coverings "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)." Just keep in mind they shouldn't be used by young kids, under age 2, or anyone who is currently experiencing trouble breathing.

The CDC primarily recommends three at-home materials: cotton fabric, a t-shirt, or a bandana.

For the cotton fabric face covering, you'll need sewing supplies, scissors and a sewing machine to craft a face covering made of two 10-by-6 inch rectangles of fabric. The CDC recommends "tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets." Two pieces of elastic will help hold the mask on to your face.

If you want to use a t-shirt, you can actually cut the face covering and tie strings from a single shirt. And for the bandana, all you need are rubber bands (or hair ties) and a pair of scissors.

See the full tutorials here.


Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com

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