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How to buy or make reusable face masks


With COVID-19 restrictions ongoing in South Australia, Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier has urged us to wear masks wherever we can’t social-distance, and even to consider them a fashion accessory. So, to help you get your mask style on, following are some places to buy cool masks, instructions on making your own, and a guide to getting the most out of the protection masks can offer.

Where to buy cool face masks in Adelaide

Disposable face masks can be found in essential services like pharmacies or service stations, but this is also an opportunity to support local businesses that are hand-crafting cloth masks. Here are some we really like. For more, check out Glam Adelaide’s super helpful guide.

The Australian Wheatbag Store

Channel 44’s IT Manager’s partner is the owner of this great local SA business and are also selling cute face masks from 100% cotton material. Choose your design and order online on this link.

Rosella Road

Adelaide label Rosella Road makes a great range of face masks, with styles and patterns for men, women, and kids from four years of age. They also supply ear saver headbands that you can hook your masks into!

To look at designs and prices, click here.

BTCFaceMasks

BTCFaceMasks offer handmade, washable fitted face masks that have a filter pocket, removable nose wire, and adjustable soft elastic straps. There are three sizes available and they’re $16. Click here!

Hey Reflect’o

Hey Reflect’o offers a range of double-layer cotton masks that have a soft lining and a Reflect’o piece on each cheek. If you want the mask to fit a child or a really small head, simply tie a knot in the elastic to resize it. Washable, reusable product. Masks are $29 each. Have a look here!

 

How to make cloth masks at home

SA Health has recommended that cloth masks should be made of three layers of breathable fabrics to ensure suitable protection. If you would like to follow the steps below with visuals or further details from the Department of Health, click here.

To make a cloth mask at home, the Department of Health has provided the following steps:

  • Cut out three layers of materials in 25cm x 25cm squares.

– An outer layer should be made of water-resistant fabric (polyester/polypropylene), for example, clothing, reuseable ‘green’ shopping bags, or exercise clothing.

– For the middle layer, use fabric blends (cotton-polyester blend/ polypropylene) which could also include clothing or ‘green’ shopping bags.

– The inner layer could be made from water-absorbing fabric like cotton.

  • Place the outer layer on the bottom, then the middle layer, then the inner layer on top.
  • With the inner layer facing up, fold over 1 centimetre of the three pieces of material for the top and bottom edges and stitch at the borders.
  • Fold over 1.5cm of material for the side edges and stitch.
  • Thread a 20cm piece of elastic, string, or strip cloth through the wider edge on each side. Use a safety pin or large needle to thread it through.
  • Knot the ends tightly or stitch them together.

 

How to wear a face mask properly

To get the best protection from your face mask, SA Health advises the following:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on or taking it off
  • Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose, and against the sides of your face
  • Do not touch the front of your mask while wearing or removing it
  • Do not allow the mask to hang around your neck or under your nose, and
  • Do not reuse single-use masks; wash and dry reusable masks after use and store in a clean dry place.

It has also been noted that disposable masks are only effective for two hours and, again, they are single-use only. Remember to dispose a disposable mask after use.