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originally posted by: ABNARTY
a reply to: scojak
Homemade masks are less effective against 0.1nm particles than specifically designed membranes. However, they do a solid job against globs of spit and snot shooting out of your mouth and nose on which the CV hitches a ride.
originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
The homemade bandana mask I just made is folded four times and uses rubber bands as fasteners. The ends are folded over the rubber bands and inside one another. That's eight layers of spit protection in about 30-seconds and you can rep your favorite sports ball team on the front if you're clever.
As opposed to touching your face and rubbing your eyes without wearing a mask? I'd say it matters some, maybe not much, but an ounce of prevention...
originally posted by: olaru12
It's doesn't matter what kind of mask you wear if you are always adjusting it to make it feel comfortable touching your face and then rubbing your eyes.
The most damaging thing a person can do to a garment that has elastic strips is to add bleach when washing the item. Bleach is a basic component, which means it has a pH greater than 7. The bleach dries out the latex or spandex inhibiting its ability to bounce back once it has been stretched out. Many people use bleach when washing their clothes, especially white undergarments, but this will damage the latex or spandex that is inside the elastic waistband. Sometimes bleach is necessary for stains, but it should be used sparingly to help extend the life of your elastics.
Another factor that can diminish the lifespan of your elastics is exposing them to heat. It is best to keep your elastics out of they dryer, but even hanging them out in the sun can cause damage. It is best to hang the clothing with the elastic parts towards the ground and away from the direct sunlight. If you must use a dryer, keep it on the low heat setting. The clothing will take longer to dry, but it will help keep the bounce in your elastics.