(GPM) – Regardless of how you decide to store your masks, they should be in a dry area, Sulmonte said.
“I personally use a paper bag without sealing it, because the most important thing is that it recirculates the air,” he said.
Another way to store your masks is to use a plastic container with holes in it, O’Horo said.
For cloth masks, be sure to wash them as you would any other garment, she added.
If you’re taking a break from wearing masks, be sure to check the expiration date on your disposable masks before wearing one, Sulmonte advised. Dates can often be found on the outside of boxes, she said.
“It does not mean that after that date they no longer serve. It just means that the integrity of the mask is not as strong as it used to be,” Sulmonte said.
The same goes for cloth masks. If you see any wear on the fabric, it may be time to throw that mask out, she said.
If you notice that some of your disposable masks have an expiration date fast approaching, Sulmonte recommended that people use those first to avoid having to throw them away unused.