April 10, 2020

Governments around the world have ordered shut-ins to protect individuals from the spread of the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, by the time many began to understand the seriousness of the virus, people were unknowingly infected, outside running essential errands like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions. Now to protect the non-infected from catching it most Governments are requiring essential workers and customers to wear a mask. Masks are in such a shortage that even hospital essential workers are forced to recycle their masks.

We wanted to share a three minute, three items, NO SEW brilliant face mask, which is the second-best option next to an N-95 respirator. The CDC has created a web page explaining how to wear cloth face coverings.

Cloth face coverings should—

• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

• be secured with ties or ear loops

• include multiple layers of fabric

• allow for breathing without restriction

• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

So why not make one out of a reusable Powerizer's Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloth. Microfiber cloths do a great job replacing paper towel, floor pads and even mop heads. So many disposable masks will end up in landfills which is not good thing for the environment. 

After each use, drop the cloth in a soak bucket to ensure you are not bringing the virus in from the outside. To make a soak mix 1 scoop of Powerizer Complete per one gallon of water. When your supply runs low hand wash them on the spot or throw them in the washing machine with hot water using 2 scoops per load. We recommend you air dry them, so the fibers do not deplete in the dryer. To disinfect the cloth, place it in a bowl of water with one tablespoon of Powerizer. Run the microwave for 5 minutes. The high heat will kill off any bacteria, germs, or viruses that may have become trapped in the fibers. 

They are hypoallergenic, non-abrasive with fibers that have a positive magnetic charge. They do an excellent job trapping, germs, dust, pollen bacteria, and viruses into the microfibers, made of nylon (polyamide) and polyester.   

Microfiber cloths are super absorbent. The Powerizer Ultra Plush Microfiber cloth can absorb up to 7 times more liquid than their dry weight. When wet, the fibers lay flat and quickly rinse clean. When damp, they are great for scrubbing. When the fibers are dry, the magnetic charge attracts dust, so all it takes is one swipe. The split blend fibers allow them to dry a third of the time faster than cotton. 

Powerizer's Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloths are sold in a six-pack so you can be sure to always have enough fresh cloths for protecting your loved ones. Read below to learn about how to create your own 3 Step, 3 Minute, NO SEW Mask.

However, we believe Microfiber Cloths are so much better than an ordinary cloth. A fiber can not be a Microfiber unless it is one denier or less. Powerizer's Ultra Plush Microfiber Cloths are amazing for its absorbency.  Microfiber has been shown to remove up to 98% of bacteria and 93% of viruses from surfaces using microfiber and water in tests published by the EPA. These findings are why we think its the best cloth for making your DIY mask.    
Graphic of Microfiber on microscopic view If you feel the cloth grabbing your skin when you wash your face, this gentle exfoliation probably means its made from split microfiber.  A cross section of the split microfiber fabric under high magnification would look like an asterisk. The split fibers and the size of the individual filaments make the cloths more effective than other fabrics for cleaning purposes. The structure traps and retains the dirt and also absorbs liquids. The material you select to make your own mask needs to be able to catch aerosol and respiratory droplets from your nose and mouth. Not only that, but we are also equally concerned with preventing droplets containing the virus from others entering your mask.  Ultra-plush Microfiber cloth with a higher percentage of polyamide than polyester is better. To test yours pour water on the counter if the fabric pushes the water instead of absorbing, it is likely not a split cloth and a lesser quality. Others are woven not to have a pile or be plush so that dust does not get trapped in the fibers. These are better for polishing your sunglasses or window washing.
You should not be able to see through your cloth. Hold it up to the sunlight to test your fabric denseness.
We realize a Powerizer DIY mask may not be as fashionable as a mask printed with your favorite sports team logo. However, the benefits of microscopic cleaning are perfect for the reuse, repurpose face mask we are recommending.  

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