PREFACE: this is not a post about whether masks are effective or not. Or if they should be worn or not. Any comments along these lines will be deleted. Because so many states, businesses, schools, etc are now mandating masks, I want to share this following info.
3 people I know have gotten severe bacterial infections from wearing their mask. And why? Because they weren’t washing them frequently enough.
Think about where you put your mask.
I know ours have been found in every crevice of our cars. Yesterday I found one on the dirty kitchen floor. And my kids play with them like they are slingshots, so they end up everywhere
Some take their mask off and put it on the grocery cart as they unload groceries into their car.
Some pull them out of their purses and diaper bags.
And we’ve all seen everyone touch and fiddle with their masks, so we know there is a plethora of bacteria on them.
So wash your mask! But, how often are you washing your mask? And my next question is…
WHAT ARE YOU WASHING YOUR MASK WITH?
Think of what you or your children are breathing in from the detergent you use. What type of chemicals? And what chemicals from dryer sheets have they been exposed to?
Use laundry detergent without:
1️⃣Phthalates – these are found in the fragrance. These are endocrine disruptors.
2️⃣1,4-dioxane a byproduct of certain chemicals. The EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.
3️⃣SLES – can sometimes have the by product 1,4 dioxane.(1)
A University of Washington study tested scented laundry products and showed that “nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted” and none were listed on the product label. The EPA lists the adverse health effects of VOC’s as ranging from headaches to liver and central nervous system damage. (2,3)
Did you know dryer sheets don’t have to list their ingredients on the box like food does? Researchers study the air coming out from dryer vents to see what ingredients are in the sheets.
In one study, “the investigators identified a total of 29 unique volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the dryer-vent …