Do you want to extend the life of a face mask or use a nonchemical means to sanitize reusable face masks? A study by the Journal of Medical Virology tested the idea of just using steam to sanitize surgical masks and N95 respirators. It was simple: A used mask was placed in a plastic bag and steamed over boiling water in a regular kitchen pot. After just five minutes, the masks were completely sterilized, with no damage whatsoever. At home, you can use a handheld steamer to sterilize masks when washing and drying isn't an easy option.
ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION