Mask Washing Duty


These photo was taken in mid September 2021.


The location was in my home in Beltsville MD.


The "Take It!" was one of those things I had to contemplate as it is one of my utilitarian bits of thought results - done to be helpful in the game of mask maintenance.


I have settled on wearing washable cloth masks as grew quickly tired of the paper models as they were inclined to break loose from the ear bands due to my frequent taking the mask on and off.


The first hook addressed the final step in hand washing the masks - that being to find a place for them to drip off the excess rinse water before hanging them up somewhere else to dry ( one is cautioned not to dry them in a clothes dryer )  What I did - was drill a starter hole in the bottom of the kitchen cabinet which is immediately above the stainless kitchen sink.  With a fairly large cup hook installed - the masks can be washed - one at a time and immediately hung on the hook by an ear band.  Once all the masks have been collectively placed on this one hook - they are allowed to drip for a few hours - until they are done dripping and starting to dry.  They are then put on hangars with slots on the top of them and put elsewhere to finish drying.


After they have dried - I take them down and use a Sharpie Laundry Marker to make additional marks on the inside of the masks to keep a running tally of the number of washes each has endured - until the  quota of 20 has been reached which is the stated limit before it is no longer effective and must be thrown out.


All this seems to work well for me - and I thought I would pass it along.


I hope the world will be able to beat this pandemic - and we can all return to the freedom of being maskless once again.


Wishing everyone - safe happiness.


All my best,



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Comments: 6
  • #1

    GpaJake (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:22)

    I havent been washing my masks. I threw mine in with the laundry after reading this.

  • #2

    Sally (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:23)

    Why do you hand wash them? Do they last longer? I put ours in the washing machine with the delicates.

  • #3

    Jim (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:24)

    Bet you could make a lot of people nervous if you put the hash marks on the outside, lol.

  • #4

    MHampy (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:26)

    What a cool idea! I started wearing those N95 masks, which can't be washed, but this is a really good idea.

  • #5

    SF1967 (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:27)

    I suppose one of the benefits of being an old retired guy is that I don't go out too often. I have 3 or 4 masks that I've worn maybe a dozen times.

  • #6

    Gabe (Monday, 22 November 2021 12:31)

    Im with you on that one, this pandemic needs to go. I really dont like wearing masks all the time.