Videos and tips to help you with your reusable mask wearing

How can I tighten my elastic loops? They're too loose

There are a few ways you can tighten you loose ear elastic

  • Make a little adjustable knot.  Watch this video to find out how. 
  • Hand sew the elastic together so the loop is shorter.  Watch this handy video. 

Any tips for reinserting the nose wire in a mask where the wire is removable?

 

  • Use a knitting needle to straighten the pocket for the wire, then reinsert the nose wire
  • Watch this video to find our more

OTHER MASK TIPS

A girl stares at the camera in navy mask with white stars.

What makes an effective reusable face mask?

  • It covers both your nose and mouth
  • It has more than one layer of fabric
  • One that fits comfortably against the sides of your face
  • One that allows for unrestricted breathing
  • A mask that is able to be washed and dried without damage or shape changes
Teenager modelling blue tree face mask available for sale at Goagain

How to put on and take off a face mask

The best and most helpful advice comes from our Government.  See the latest information by clicking on the link below. The basics of it are as follows:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub (made up of over 60% alcohol or 70% isopropanol) before you put on your mask.
  • Hold the mask by its tapes or loops, then tie the mask around your head or put the loops around your ears.
  • Make sure the mask completely covers your mouth and nose, and that there are no gaps between your face and the mask. If you  mask has a nose band, shape it to your nose.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth or the front of the mask while wearing it.
  • To take it off – reverse the process.  Store any used reusable masks in a repurposed plastic bag until you get home… then wash.
Woman looks to the left wearing blue fabric face mask

How can I make my face mask more comfortable?

  • Use a tie or ear saver to join the ends together at the back of your head to make sure it fits securely on your face, so it doesn’t irritate the back of my ears.
  • Choose a mask with really soft elastic or ties.
Three blue face masks decorated with white trees on a blue background

How often should I change my mask?

  • If the mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.
  • If you take your reusable mask off part way though the day, store it in a repurposed plastic bag (to take home for washing) and put a new on.
  • Take a few out with you if you are going out for the day… remember a storage bag for used ones!
Woman with glasses wearing a mask

My glasses keep fogging up. Help!

There is no magic solution, but try these user tips:

  • Find a well fitting mask over the nose area
  • Use a mask with a moldable nose band.
  • Put a single drop of liquid soap on your glasses, rub it onto both sides of each lens before rinsing it off. Let that dry 
  • Put a folded tissue between your nose and the mask.  This may absorb some moisture 
Navy blue mask with white stars and ear elastic on blue background

What fabrics make a good reusable filter

 

  • Replacement filters are easy to create using non-fusible interfacing.  Spotlight sells this: https://www.spotlightstores.com/nz/by-the-metre/formrite-sew-in-100cm-medium-interfacing/BP80071613002
  • Helix.iso™ Filters, made in New Zealand and containing wool are another good filter option. You can find a list of suppliers on this website: https://www.lanaco.co.nz/index.cfm/products/covid-19-masks/helix-iso-filter/
  • You can also make filters out of reusable shopping bag fabric.  The fabric used in this is non-woven polypropolene.

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