Currently there is a shortage of personal protection equipment – such as masks – in the market. The few available should go to the doctors and nurses, who need them the most.
We designed masks for personal use to reduce the spreading of Covid-19.
Our masks are simple designs out of readily available household materials. They are cheap, fast and easy to make, don’t need special techniques and some of them can be reused after washing.
Do your masks really protect?
Our masks are neither certified nor a medical product. However, several experts and studies pointed out that self made solutions are still better than nothing. Fabrics like cotton, i.e. old t-shirts or towels, do filter up to 70% of the particles. Vacuum cleaner bags out of fleece are even better.
Covid-19 is a sneaky illness, sometimes almost with no symptoms. You could already spread the virus even if you don’t feel sick. Even a self made mask can help protect your fellows.
If we all wear a mask, all of us are better protected and the spreading is slowed down.
Don’t believe us, believe the studies:
So all I have to do, is wear a mask?
No, masks are only another way to slow down the spreading of the virus. They don’t replace other safety measures!
1. Stay at home if you can. Wear a mask if you can’t.
2. Keep at least 1,5m distance to others.
3. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based disinfectant.
4. Don’t touch your face or the mask when wearing one.
5. If have to cough or sneeze use your elbow – not your hand.
6. Avoid touching door knobs, elevator buttons etc. with your hand.
Is there anything to consider when I make a mask?
When using vacuum cleaner bags for your mask, please make sure it's the simple ones made out of fleece (Vliesstoff). They are usually white in color. Please don't use any fancy high-tec versions or antibacterial ones, as these may contain additional harmful materials. If you notice some powder coming out of the bag when cut open do not use it!
The way you use the mask is equally important as the mask itself. Be aware of the following steps:
1. Before making a mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
2. Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are little to no gaps between your face and the mask.
4. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
5. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not reuse single-use masks.
6. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
7. Masks, based on cotton, can be washed 60°or ironed with maximum temperature (170°) for at least 5 minutes.
8. Masks, based on fleece materials or paper tissue should be disposed.
Have a read at the german federal institute of drugs and medical equipment about the correct usage: