Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all Americans wear protective masks when outside to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the demand for it has increased dramatically. As a result, it’s nearly impossible to purchase masks online for a reasonable price and/or delivery time. To try and help you solve this problem, here is a list of household items that can provide a replacement.
First, bandanas. It is more than plausible that most of you have a bandana lying around in your house. If not, don’t worry. Online retailers seem to have a decent supply of bandanas available for sale.
Second, scarves. No matter the material, a scarf around your face will almost certainly impair the spread of germs from your mouth and nose, which is exactly what the CDC is aiming for. Of course, make sure to wash the scarf once you return home.
Another possibility is the balaclava. Mainly recognizable and associated with old-school burglar-attire, you most likely don’t own a balaclava. Well, not to worry, as these full-face covers are still relatively easy to purchase online (as of publishing this article).
Lastly, there is, of course, the possibility of making a mask by yourself. Many DIY approaches for homemade masks have now popped up online, but if you don’t know your way around a sewing machine, then all hope isn’t lost. You can cut up household material in the pattern of a surgical mask as the next best option. Lists of the best materials for the job also exist online now.
This is it for this list. Please, take the instructions seriously and be careful.