Spinoff: Why you should wear a "mask" in public

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
10371 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Thank you. 

Post # 3
5397 posts
Bee Keeper

Thank you for posting. My question for anyone who is knowledgeable is how do we properly take on/off? And can we reuse? Or do we take off then throw away or wash depending on if its washable? Like do I have 7  fabric masks/scarves and one per day. Using for argument purpose not actually going out daily. But one per day and throw in wash? 

I’m pretty ocd (literally) and would use 1- 2 a day and wash but need a reality check. Can I put in laundry basket with other clothes? Do I make q separate hamper for them? 

Post # 5
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

In case this is helpful for other non-sewers: I made one this morning with no sewing machine, just materials I had around the house.


Some extra tips:

– Don’t waste your time affixing the ties on the inside, I just sewed them on the face-facing (inside) side of the mask once the basic structure was complete.

– When I had everything in place and it was time to sew, I drew a line with a pencil and a ruler so I had a straight seam guide to sew on. 

– I used the corner of a old pillow case, which meant it was already doubled and there were two sides that I didn’t need to sew.

– After I sewed the pleats, I pulled out the pins and went over them with an iron, helped a lot.

Obviously there are plenty of Bees on here with more experience sewing and crafting, but I thought it would be helpful to have some tips from someone who approached the project with absolutely zero experience or expertise. It took a little over an hour. A tip from a sewing friend that I’ll try for next time: sew a channel in at the top seam that you can slide a twisty-tie or pipe cleaner into, that way it can fit more closely around your nose. 


Post # 6
2088 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

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sweatergal007 :  It’s one wear out and then wash/throw away. It’s best to leave the mask on until you get into your home to discard it because the outside of the mask is covered in germs and you want to immediately be able to take it off (without touching the front) and wash your hands. If it’s non-disposable, have a bucket of soapy water waiting to throw it into. 

Post # 8
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

Wow, thank you so much for the easy-to-sew and no-sew links! I do have a sewing machine but I keep it at my parents’ home, so of course I don’t have access to it as I’m staying away for their safety. 

Post # 9
2877 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Nurse here. That doesn’t make me an expert on all things clothing and viruses, but I wear scrubs around sick people plus have been taught things about masks. Here we go!

1) The biggest benefit of a cloth mask is that it helps prevent you from TRANSMITTING the disease, not from catching it. It catches the large droplets from your coughs and sneezes and particularly tortured sighs. It might also slow down the smaller droplets from just breathing. 

2) You need one mask/scarf/whatever per day at most. Unless someone actively ill coughs and sneezes and snores into your mask, it’s fine to re-wear over the course of a day. Think of your clothes. You don’t change out of them anytime you’re outside.

(Sidenote: If you are, you really don’t have to. Experts have said it is unnecessary to change your clothing after going grocery shopping or other similar activities.) 

3) Wash your hands before and after putting it on. Washing our hands often is the biggest way the general public can help stop the spread of the disease.

4) It’s fine to throw the masks with the regular laundry. Again, think of your everyday clothes. The virus is more likely to survive on non-porous surfaces vs fabric. If you’re uncomfortable with that, put them in a separate bucket or bag until laundry day. 

5) As to cleaning, regular laundry practices are fine. Hot vs cold water isn’t as important as throwing them in the dryer, which gets to a much higher temp. 

Post # 10
5397 posts
Bee Keeper

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HisMoon :  Thank you so much

 I’ve gone back down my germaphobia ways with this. So a reality check is helpful. Thank you!!!

Post # 14
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2021

This is also a great fashion opportunity, Plague Doctor mask circa 1656 truly tres chic, now we need a new look, what will 2020 look like?

Post # 15
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We just ordered ours from Etsy just in case they become mandatory. I have no sewing machine or bandanas so it seemed like an easy option. 

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