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If You Are Making A Face Mask Out Of Furnace Filters, Here’s What You Need To Know

Tons of people are making face masks right now. Whether for themselves, or to donate to medical professionals. Pretty soon I feel we may be required to wear them while out in public.

The CDC has already recommended it, and some places are even charging fines for not wearing a face covering. You really can’t buy the ones that truly protect against COVID-19 anywhere, so we are forced to use homemade ones.

Some people are sewing face masks, others are doing no-sew face masks, and some people are even using thongs and mens underwear as face masks.

Then there are questions on what to use as filters in your face masks. Some people are using furnace filters and that raises even more questions. Just how safe is it to use a furnace filter?

So down the rabbit holes I went. Searching for information to try to help us make decisions.

I found some information on the 3M site that answered some of my questions.

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/// UPDATE: I have made my own pattern as well. Link to my PDF file in my profile. /// I took a sewing dive into assorted patterns for masks, and I came up with a favorite. My winner is not only the most comfortable, but it’s also the easiest/fastest to make. I have chosen to make the @craftpassion pocket mask (bottom left in photo) along with their tutorial to make “t-shirt yarn”. The t-shirt yarn is like a cross between elastic and ribbon, it’s soft, and t-shirts are readily available on hand. I cut my t-shirt strips at .75” to make a nice substantial yarn. Other masks I tried are @sweetredpoppy and @rileyblakedesigns – which are also great and of course it’s all about personal preference. One thing @craftpassion, @sweetredpoppy, and @rileyblakedesigns have in common is they all have excellent video tutorials. 😷✂️🧵 1. I’m using quilters cotton for the mask front, and good quality flannel for the inside. I am prewashing my fabrics – especially since flannel can be a shrink-dink jerk. 😷🧵✂️ 2. I’m using flannel for the inside of the mask because of it’s softness quality. 😷✂️🧵 2.2 I’m making the pocket version for the inside so I can slip in a filter. And by filter – I have read vacuum cleaner bags, coffee filters, rinsed out antibacterial wipes (to get the scent out), and non-woven fabrics (like the bags that come with shoes and purses) can help as filters. 😷🧵✂️ 3. For the wire nose bridge I’m using 2 twist ties. I have since ordered pipe cleaners on amazon, but they won’t arrive until next week. 😷🧵✂️ 4. The @craftpassion updated video includes how to add a nose bridge sleeve so the wire/pipe cleaner can be removed/added before and after laundering. 😘✂️🧵 5. Please check the CDC guidelines about mask use. I am wearing a mask should I have to for some reason go out into public. My purpose for mask use is to not potentially be a spreader. 😷🧵✂️ 6. Wearing a mask is NOT a substitute for social distancing or sheltering-in-place. Wearing a mask is IN ADDITION to those measures. @samuelljackson’s words to live by (emphasis on “live”)… STAY THE F*** AT HOME. 😷✂️🧵 7. I want to be a positive force. I want to help. I want to do what I can do. ❤️

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3M Filtrete™ Air Filters are designed to be used in HVAC systems. The filter material has never been tested to be used as a face mask for respiratory protection.

Altering any of the 3M Filtrete™ Air Filters is not recommended or supported by 3M or the Filtrete™ Brand.

I also found a doctor that wrote about his own masks on the Instructables website. I love that site!

Anyhow, he said that he found a filter material that would filter 1 µm particles. He used a filter made of non-woven polypropylene. Not fiberglass! This is important! Do not use filters that contain fiberglass!

He urged those that are making masks to select filter material at your own risk. Read the packaging and even contact the manufacturer to check safety.

He then went on to say that the Blue shop towels may be a reasonable filter material choice.

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Making masks #covidpayingitforward #blueshoptowels

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When choosing your filtering material make sure to research as much as you can. You have to weigh the risks and benefits to what is happening right now.

All I know is something is better than nothing, just be smart about it. I think our homemade cloth masks are probably a better option than what you see below.

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