5 Mask HACKS Every Family Needs

In this world of Covid 19, wearing non-surgical face masks has become part our daily lives. With five people living in my house, and the need for every family member to always have a clean mask, I quickly realized that I needed to put a few systems in place to control the mask chaos. Today, I'm sharing 5 mask hacks that every family needs to know about.

1) Have "clean" and "dirty" baskets by the door - I picked up these cheap plastic baskets at the dollar store, and I attached paper tags. Now, it is easy for everyone in my house to locate and grab a clean mask on the way out the door. And, when people come home, they drop them in the "dirty" basket, and when it's time to do a load of laundry, it's easy for me to grab the soiled masks and throw them in with the rest of the dirty clothes.

To print the tags I designed: click on the photo below, right-click, save it to your computer, and print it like a regular 4x6 photo.

2) Buy a lanyard - If you are going to be in a situation where you are taking a mask on and off, a lanyard is a great solution. Ideally, a clean mask would be used every time, and clean masks should be stored placed in a paper bag between uses, but for many, this isn't realistic. A lanyard keeps a mask close at hand, keeps it off the floor, and prevents it from getting lost. 

NOTE: Due to strangulation concerns, lanyards should only be worn by older kids and adults, and they should NEVER be worn while playing. Lanyards with "breakaway" options are best.

Alternatively, fanny packs are great for holding masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer.

3) Wash masks in a lingerie bag - I picked up this lingerie bag at the dollar store, and it is perfect for washing masks. I throw the dirty masks in the bag and hang them to dry. I love that the lingerie bag keeps them all together so they are easy to grab (and hang to dry) when I am transferring the rest of the laundry into the dryer.

4) Have lots of masks in lots of places and label them - Making sure every person in my family has a mask when they need it is not easy. I put a clean bin of masks by the front door, but I also put clean masks in the car and in my purse. Using name labels (especially with kids) is super helpful too. Name labels prevent sharing and help keep masks from getting lost.

5) Try different styles and different colors of masks - In my house, different people prefer different styles of masks. Having a good fit makes mask wearing easier, and having different designs makes it more fun.

Do you have any tips for making "mask wearing" easier and/or more fun? I love all these mask HACKS... but the basket idea is my favourite. It has really organized my mask chaos. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

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  1. Thank you for sharing. These are great ideas! (My boys likes the hockey masks!)

  2. I have arthritis so sometimes trying is difficult so i added small plastic clips to mine for easier on and off . I also use a mini carbine hook attached to my purse for easy access tonight im going to get a makeup bag with a grommet ring or loop for more protection cause i don't have enough room for in my purse for storage.

  3. If you can find large beads at your local craft store you can also add as adjusters I also have issues with masks on my ears due to skin condition I havent had much luck finding earsavers so I improvise I took my hair scrunchies and sew two buttons on either side tie hair up as normal make sure a button is on either side to loop mask straps around. You could also use headbands and for the boys attach buttons to side of a hat instant ear savers. Also bobby pins threaded into button holes works.


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