At-home alternatives that you'll definitely want to try!
Having options gives you the ability to choose what works best for you. With the essential N95 face masks being almost impossible to find, making your own DIY face mask at home may be your best option. These DIY face masks are easy to make and most of the materials are already in your home.
It’s important to be proactive and get prepared with any of these DIY face mask options. Online shops and brick and mortar stores may soon run out of the essential products you’ll need. Although any face covering is beneficial, being able to add filtration may help make a difference in lowering your risk.
If you’re looking for a washable and reversible option that doesn’t require a sewing machine, try our Reversible and Washable DIY Face Mask.
Easy Options For Making Your Own DIY Face Mask At Home
If you’re heading out now and need a face mask fast, the first option may be best for you. If you have some time on your hands, want better protection, and need face masks for you and your loved ones, the second and third options are best. Follow along with the videos. They provide easy to follow steps to get your masks ready.
1. Bandana and Hair Tie Mask
This easy option for making your own face mask at home only requires two items: a bandana and two hair ties. This face mask is great if you’re short on time and need to head out in a hurry. With just a few folds, it can be made in under 2 minutes.
What You’ll need:
- bandana (22″x22″)
- 2 hair ties
2. Old T-Shirt Mask
These DIY face masks are easily made from old t-shirts in the home that no longer get any use. One men’s medium t-shirt can provide enough masks for a family of two adults and three children. Some simple tracings and cutting will prepare you and your family, and may help lower your risk of from others.
A large men’s mask will measure 8″x6″, a medium women’s mask will measure 7.5″x5″, and a child’s mask will measure 5″x5″.
What You’ll Need:
- an old t-shirt
3. Face Mask With Filter
This DIY face mask takes a bit more work but the reward is that it provides extra filtering benefits. Filtration is what’s allows surgical and N95 masks to truly work. Although the filtration options aren’t as effective, they do offer a better option, compared to the first two masks, especially when it comes to reducing particles.
What You’ll Need:
This isn’t really a DIY solution but is actually better. It’s a multi-use neck warmer that can be used as a face mask, headscarf, or ski tube scarf. This multi-use neck warmer is possibly as effective as the first option. If you don’t have a handkerchief and would rather have an easier solution to cover your face, this may be it.
DISCLAIMER: These DIY Face Masks are NOT as protective as an N95 or surgical mask.
Your face mask is ready! So what else can you do to prepare? Try our DIY Hand Sanitizer for everyday use.