How to Add Layers to Your Mask Using Things Around Your Home
Yesterday, Canada's top public health doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, announced her recommendation for Canadians to choose a three-layered non-medical mask. We've compiled a list of possible filters you can use inside our built-in pocket. The best part is that most of these can easily be found in your home!
This kitchen staple is extremely effective as a filter. They can be trimmed down easily for the perfect fit inside your mask. Just make sure it gets tossed and replaced after each use. Tip: once you've measured the correct dimensions, take a stack of these filters and trim them all at once for convenience.
This Stanford University study discusses the best household materials for face masks and says that while the household tissue won't do much on its own as protection, it's actually fairly effective when used in a facemask as a filter. They recommend adding two layers of tissue or more and changing the tissues after each use. Paper towels work too.
Nope, we're not kidding. NPR published an article back in April about the efficacy of adding a stocking layer to your facemasks. Read more here. If you have an old pair of tights lying around, now might be the perfect time to put them to good use.
These tightly woven cloths make an excellent household cleaner that also work great as a filter. These wipes can be cut into the exact size you want and can be washed and reused - just make sure you're changing them after every facemask use.
If you've tried any other filters, we'd love to know so we can share them with our community! Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe!