A cloth face mask needs to be washed after each use in order to do its job properly

That means popping it in the wash with detergent and the rest of your laundry or running a bucket of hot soapy water and washing it by hand.
Cloth masks need to be dry to work effectively, so hang your mask out in the sun (if possible) or lay it flat on a clothes rack to dry.
Always wash your hands straight away after handling a used face mask, and remember: disposable masks cannot be washed or reused. They are made for one wear only, so put them in the bin after use.
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