WHY A MASK SOLUTIONS MASK?
The MASK SOLUTIONS non-medical reusable masks were designed by our team at with the following criteria in mind to offer the best possible protection and effectiveness against blocking virus sized particles:
A mask shape that will create the best fit and coverage for most faces
An insertable filter pocket that would add extra protection.
Made from 100% tightly woven cotton to allow for the best comfort, protection, washability, and reusability
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS I CAN PURCHASE OR DONATE?
When purchasing your mask(s), you are provided several options, including to donate additional masks to those most vulnerable. A list of organizations that are in need and suggested by Mask Solutions are listed below. You can either select from one of these organizations or another of your own choosing. Along with your gift, we would like to provide your name to that location, so they know who contributed. If you wish to donate anonymously, please indicate that to our team and we will honor your request.
Masks: Purchase HERE
Single Mask: You are buying 1 personal mask for yourself. A variety of color/pattern options are available to choose from.
Buy One - Donate One ($25): You are buying 1 mask for yourself and 1 mask that we will donate to an Essential or Frontline Worker on your behalf. A variety of color/pattern options are available for you to choose from.
Donate to an Organization (Rates vary based on quantity): You will be providing your specified quantity to the organization of your choosing,
Chicagoland Community Organizations Needing Mask Donations & Quantities:
Maryville Crisis Nursery (Chicago, IL)
100 Masks (60 Childrens / 40 Adults)
Margaret’s Village (Chicago, IL)
100 Masks (40 Childrens / 60 Adults)
Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center (Chicago, IL)
200 Adult Masks
Autumn Green Senior Living Center (Chicago, IL)
175 Adult Masks
Shriner’s Hospital for Children (Chicago, IL)
100 Childrens Masks
HOW DO I USE THE MASK?
Wash your hands before and after you use your mask. Please continue to refrain from touching your mask or face while it’s on.
Make sure there’s a snug fit and seal off any airflow gaps with the adjustable nose. Put the mask over your mouth and nose, and pull the straps over your ears. The mask is cut generously to cover your nose and cheeks.
Insert a filter for extra protection. Included with each mask is one filter. Filters should be replaced daily for optimal protection. Click Here to purchase replacement filters.
Wash and re-use your mask. It's recommended to dispose of your filter and wash your mask daily. Hand or machine wash with detergent. Can be placed in the dryer or lay flat to dry. Iron when needed.
CAN THIS REPLACE A MEDICAL GRADE MASK SUCH AS A SURGICAL MASK OR N95 MASK?
No. These are for personal use and are not medical grade masks or FDA approved. They are not meant to replace N95, surgical, or procedural masks. Please leave disposable medical-grade masks to our at-risk health care professionals who are experiencing a shortage and desperately need them. Our cotton masks are personal protective wear to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 through droplet transmission. These masks can be worn over medical grade masks to help lengthen their effective lifespan. Remember that this mask is not a substitute to social distancing. Refer to the latest advice of the CDC and healthcare professionals for best practices on keeping yourself safe.
HOW EFFECTIVE ARE CLOTH-BASED MASKS? WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL?
Studies show that wearing any type of mask will help to decrease exposure to and spread of viruses (the widespread use of masks during the 2003 SARS epidemic significantly reduced transmission). But cloth-based masks alone are not as effective at capturing virus-sized particles as a disposable medical-grade mask (i.e. N95 mask that can block up to 95% of virus sized particles). You will need to add a filter with high efficiency ratings such as HEPA grade filter to increase the effectiveness of your mask.
WHERE CAN I BUY FILTERS?
You can purchase the replacement filters through Mask Solutions. Click HERE for purchasing options.
CAN I RE-USE THE FILTER?
No. Do not wash or reuse the filters. Replace daily. Click HERE for purchasing options.