Where to buy cloth face masks online
While not as protective as N95 respirator masks, washable and reusable cloth masks may still help in places where social distancing is impossible.
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Government of Canada health authorities encourage wearing cloth face masks in public where social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain such as in grocery stores or on public transit. In fact, depending on where you live in Canada, you may actually be required by law to wear a face mask when out in public.
Many people turn to cloth face masks if they can’t get their hands on medical-grade N95 and KN95 masks. We’ve rounded up a list of retailers that sell cloth face masks and listed which ones offer free shipping deals, so you can save while you shop.
Where to buy cloth masks online
While not as protective as an N95 or KN95 mask, cloth masks are easy to make yourself or find at retailers. Shop washable makeshift masks from the sites below or read our guide on how to make your own at home.
Sheridan Computers (In stock)
Sheridan Computers is a computer repair company that have started selling PPE items such as hand sanitizers, gloves and reusable masks.
- Deliver throughout Canada
- Accept various forms of payment, including cash on delivery
- Have a physical store based in Mississauga
Amazon Canada stocks a great selection of cloth masks in one place, making it simple to compare brands, prices and customer reviews.
- Sign up to Amazon Prime and get free shipping and returns on millions of items
- Huge product range
- Easily compare prices and ratings on similar products
With thousands of brands and millions of products, AliExpress offers a full shopping experience with loads of options to choose from! Browse through a range of masks at hugely discounted prices – you won’t be disappointed!
- Huge range of products, deals and sellers
- Variety of shipping options
- Competitive prices
When it comes to competitive pricing, it doesn’t get much better than eBay. Shop for cloth masks and other health and safety items here. Join in the thrill of a bidding war or browse the Buy It Now options to secure your purchase.
- Secure site with a range of payment options including PayPal
- Prices are super affordable
- Helpful product reviews on site
- Free delivery from selected sellers
When it comes to sourcing the right protective gear, Walmart won’t let you down. This retailer offers a wide range of products – including cloth masks – that will help keep you and your family safe.
- Competitive prices
- Large range of products
- Sign up to get their weekly flyer for special offers direct to your inbox
- Ad match available
Ministry of Supply is an environmentally conscious clothing company who engineers breathable and comfortable professional clothes. But during the COVID-19 crisis, it has turned its efforts to producing high quality face masks.
- The company produces shirts made from recycled material that are 100% carbon neutral
- The masks come with replaceable filters that have been tested for a 95% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and a 95% Particulate Filtration Efficiency(PFE) at 0.1 microns
- You’ll have the option to donate masks to front-line workers through the website
Which of these retailers offer free delivery on cloth masks?
- Amazon: Free shipping widely available, especially for Prime members
- AliExpress: Free shipping options widely available
- eBay: Free shipping offered by many sellers
- Walmart: Free shipping on qualifying orders to select locations in Canada
Can’t find face masks? These popular designers are selling trendy cloth options
This information is current as of July 7, 2020.
Face masks may be temporarily out of stock at many stores due to increased demand. But a number of Canadian retailers – including Ellie Mae, Roots, NONIE, AI Toronto Seoul, Peace Collective and Ottawa Artisans – have been selling fashionable designer cloth face masks, some for a limited time only. Even retailers like the NBA Store and the WNBA Store have jumped on the train.
Many online stores are also selling bulk disposable masks. Certain retailers are even donating a portion of profits to charity, making it easy to give back to others while shopping for what you need. Below are a few examples of designers that sell cloth masks online:
Stephano’s Tailor Shop
Family-owned upscale men and women’s retailer, Stephano’s Tailor Shop, is donating one mask to a local organization for each one sold. Masks cost around $14-$22 and come in a variety of styles for kids and adults.
Kwesia sells reversible cotton face masks in trendy African-prints for $13-$15 each. Multipacks are also available for around $70. Masks can be self-tied around the head or strung behind the ears.
Buy ruggedly stylish, durable and comfortable face masks from Canadian fashion icon, Roots. Each mask is handmade in Toronto and sells for just over $20. A portion of every sale is donated to The Frontline Fund, a charitable effort created by hospital foundation leaders to provide critical support to hospitals across Canada during COVID-19.
How to make your own no-sew cloth face mask
If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, 2 elastics (hair ties or rubber bands will also do the trick), a coffee filter and a pair of scissors, you can easily make your own face mask. No sewing required! Check out our video tutorial below to see how it’s done. Bear in mind that homemade face masks won’t offer the same protection as medical-grade masks.
Are people required to wear face masks in Canada?
It depends on where you live. Certain cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston in Ontario have implemented bylaws requiring people to wear face masks when in public. Outside these jurisdictions, businesses and other organizations may still exercise the discretion to require customers and employees to wear face masks. In some regions, wearing a mask is mandatory when riding public transit.
The consequences for failing to follow regional rules usually involve stiff fines ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
It’s expected that more cities will consider adopting similar bylaws in the future to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per the World Health Organization’s recommendations. Previously, the WHO had issued a statement advising governments to request that people wear fabric face masks in public.
Take a look at this helpful page on the Government of Canada website to learn more about masks that offer the best protection during COVID-19. You can also learn about when and how to use masks from on the World Health Organization’s site.
Will a cloth mask protect me?
While a cloth mask won’t provide the same level of effectiveness as an N95 or KN95 mask with a valve, the cloth is there to prevent moisture from breathing and coughing from traveling too far in the air. According to KK Cheng, a public health expert at the University of Birmingham in the UK, “It’s not to protect yourself. It’s to protect people against the droplets coming out of your respiratory tract.”
Wearing a cloth mask can at least help you from spreading the virus to others. As you look for masks online, be wary of scams. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to equipment shortages, especially N95 masks. Some unscrupulous sellers are selling fakes to try to profit from the situation. 3M, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of masks, offers a tool to check if a product is genuine.
See the chart below to compare different types of face masks, or check out this helpful page on the Government of Canada website to learn more about masks that offer the best protection during COVID-19.
Are cloth face masks washable?
Yes — most, if not all are machine washable or can be washed by hand. Check the washing instructions for the cloth face mask you’re interested in.
How often should I wash my mask?
Cloth face masks should be washed daily, according to the CDC. Here are some tips for washing your mask:
- Use hot water and a mild laundry detergent.
- Dry your mask completely in a hot dryer.
- Store in a clean container or bag.
How to remove your face mask properly
According to Health Canada, you should first be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you’re ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask — it could be contaminated. Instead, wash your hands again and remove the mask by lifting the straps off of your ears or untying it. Discard the mask, and then wash your hands.
What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States and Canada, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
|Filter performance||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 95%||≥ 94%||≥ 94%||≥ 95%|
|Test agent||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl||NaCl||NaCl and paraffin oil||NaCl|
|Flow rate||85 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min||95 L/min||95 L/min||85 L/min|
|Total inward leakage (TIL)||N/A||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||≤ 8% leakage||Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions|
|Inhalation resistance||≤ 343 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging)||≤ 350 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Flow rate||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||85L/min||Varied – seeabove||Varied – seeabove||40L/min|
|Exhalation resistance||≤ 245 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 250 Pa||≤ 120 Pa||≤ 300 Pa||≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)|
|Exhalation valve leakage requirement||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||N/A||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 sec||Leak rate ≤ 30mL/min||Visual inspection after 300L /min for 30 sec||Depressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec|
|Force applied||-245 Pa||N/A||-1180 Pa||-250 Pa||N/A||-1,470 Pa|
|CO2 clearance requirement||N/A||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%||≤ 1%|
Looking for another type of mask?
Check out the following guides to find information, requirements and retailers that sell specific types of masks.
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