Learn About Our Comfortable Cotton Face Masks!
Stop watching that DIY video about how to make a homemade mask with a T-shirt... That’s a no-no! Not only can some T-shirt fabrics be harmful to your face, but they will also not always protect you from COVID-19. A 2013 Cambridge Study found that cloth masks made from T-shirts, pillowcases, tea towels, or other household items should only be used as a last resort. These only filter out a third of the aerosols that are blocked by a surgical mask—though it was discovered to be “better than no protection.”
Cotton masks are the perfect alternative to disposable masks and protect you just as well too! Another bonus is that cotton masks can keep you warm in cold weather, yet it is still easy to breathe in hotter climates.
Some brands sell cloth masks that have issues related to fit, comfort, and cost. Amlife, however, has masks with adjustable nose strips and elastic ear loops that are at a low price of $6.95 and up.
Compared to disposable masks, cotton face masks not only last longer but are machine washable and withstand their quality. Based on research and studies published in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion, experts recommend strict regular washing with detergent and disinfection in sunlight for an essential enhancement in the efficacy of the cloth face mask.
Are Cotton Masks Just As Reliable As Surgical Masks?
In short, yes. According to the CDC, upwards of 80% of blockage has been achieved through human testing and experiments. In some studies, cloth masks have been performed on par with surgical masks as “barriers for source control.” It is crucial that we know the efficacy of cloth masks as an alternative for medical masks. Trust the science!
It is also imperative that we keep in mind that our local and nationwide health workers are constantly in need of surgical masks, N95’s, and KN95’s. The best masks are made with a tight-knit material and contain a filter pocket to help prevent respiratory droplets from passing through. The most protective mask is the N95 respirators because they block 95% of tiny particles, which include viruses. However, during the pandemic, they have been increasingly hard to find, so medical and health care workers should have first dibs (CNet). Cotton masks have been proven to be protective. Therefore, they are a great alternative.
Things You Should Consider When Wearing A Cotton Mask (According to CDC):
- A mask is not an alternative for social distancing. They should still be worn in addition to staying at least 6 ft apart, especially when you are indoors or around strangers.
- Masks should also be worn any time that you travel on a plane, bus, train, or another form of public transportation.
- People ages 2+ should wear masks in public areas.
- Masks should shield the nose and mouth and should have no gaps against the sides of the face.
CDC also recommends wearing masks that are non-valved and have multiple layers. All of Amlife’s reusable cotton masks are 2-3 ply, providing maximum protection. In case you weren’t aware already, SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets when someone either coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. Face masks reduce the emission of these virus-laden droplets. People who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic especially should wear them as they account for more than 50% of transmissions.
Multi-layer cloth masks block the release of exhaled respiratory particles and effectively block most large droplets and fine aerosols (aka particles). The thread count makes a big difference as well. Multiple layers of cloth with higher thread counts have proved to perform extremely well compared to single layers with lower thread counts.
Amlife cotton face masks adhere to CDC guidelines and can be worn daily. Our masks fit comfortably on both adults and children, never pinching your ears, and they are always easy to breathe out of.
Be sure to browse our selection of fashionable printed face masks—the perfect gift for any occasion! They can be bought in packs of 3, 6, 12, and 24. Awesome for the whole family!
We also sell 5 layer Activated Carbon Filters! They are replaceable and easy to use, trapping and filtering air molecules for a maximum of 80 hours. Great for when you desire even more protection.
Amlife Face Masks Are:
- Made in Southern California with domestic and imported materials.
- Affordable with quick, free shipping.
- Used by 100,000+ customers.
- Guaranteed to fit any face shape or size.