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24 sites to buy washable & reusable face masks in New Zealand
Find out where you can purchase a mask to be ready to comply with government mask mandates.
Since disposable masks should only be used once, purchasing a reusable mask that can be washed each day may work out to be more cost-effective. And although they are less convenient, reusable masks are kinder on the environment and you can choose a cool pattern or your favourite colour to tie in with your wardrobe.
To help you find the best option for your needs, we’ve rounded up a list of retailers stocking washable mask options below.
Where to buy reusable face masks in NZ
Stocking reusable masks for both kids and adults in a variety of fun patterns, Clear Collective makes it easy to stock up on masks for the whole family.
- Washable and reusable
- Breathable, comfortable and skin-friendly
- Available in both adults and kids sizes
Cotton On’s face masks are made from cotton and have adjustable elastic straps. Proceeds of mask sales go towards providing access to healthcare and education for youth.
- Free delivery on orders over $60
- Read reviews from other customers
- Afterpay, Zip, Laybuy and Genoapay available
Surf and streetwear store City Beach has reusable fabric face masks in camo, red, light blue and khaki for just $10.99. You can also purchase a mask case that comes with 4 disposable masks inside.
- Free express shipping on orders over $100
- Paypal and Zip available
- 30-day returns
Fashion giant THE ICONIC stocks an assorted range of face masks, including washable options. Check out the neoprene masks from H-Wood which come in a pack of four.
- Free delivery to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for orders over $50
- Helpful customer service available via live chat
- 15% student discount on full-priced items
Etsy specialises in handmade items, meaning that you’ll find plenty of washable cloth masks available. Once again, it’s best to check the seller rating along with customer reviews before making a purchase from an online marketplace.
- Shipping and delivery times advised at checkout
- Creative, unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else
If you’re in the market for a reusable but trendy face mask, check out fast-fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing. The site has a range of great designs available at affordable price points.
- Buy now, pay later
- Express shipping available
- Check out the sale section of the website for year-round discounts
How to wash your face mask
Always wash your hands before and after handling your face mask.
Before washing, it’s important to check the manufacturing instructions for the maximum temperature that the fabric can handle.
The World Health Organization recommends washing fabric masks in soap or detergent, with hot water (preferably at least 60 degrees). If you’ve got a busy schedule, you can also throw it in the washing machine along with your other clothes, but just make sure you use a delicate cycle, that way the material doesn’t stretch.
Don’t have any hot water available? Wash the mask in soap/detergent and room-temperature water. This should then be followed by either boiling the mask for one minute or soaking the mask in 0.1% chlorine for 1 minute and thoroughly rinsing the mask with room temperature water. If you do choose to do this, you need to make sure it’s completely rinsed and there’s no toxic residue leftover.
Once the washing process is all done, it needs to be dried. The best option is to let it dry naturally, ideally outdoors in the sun. You can use your dryer if you urgently need it again, but don’t rely on this as your regular method.
Finally, store your mask in a clean airtight bag. Not only can this easily be stored in a travel bag, but it can also prevent any particles or germs from landing on it.
Stay up to date with the latest information on wearing, washing and disposing of masks at the Ministry of Health website.
How to safely wear and remove a mask
For your mask to be as protective as possible, it is important that it is worn properly. According to the World Health Organization, this means that the mask should cover your nose and mouth and have no gaps around the sides of your face. You should also wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching your mask.
When wearing your mask, you should avoid touching it or taking it off to speak to others. Once you remove your mask, it is advised that you place it in a zip lock bag until you are able to wash it, which you should do after each wear.
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