This article will show you how to make filters out of vacuum cleaner bags to improve your homemade facemask.
How to make filters for a homemade facemask from vacuum cleaner bags
One way to make your mask even better is to add a filter. According to sources, using vacuum cleaner bags as filters provides a shield that removes 91% of dangerous particles from the air. Vacuum cleaner bags are more efficient than cotton fabric alone.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum bags work similar to N95 masks because they can remove 99.7% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns and they are not made of woven materials like the facemask fabric.
Follow these steps to make filters out of vacuum cleaner bags for a homemade facemask.
Step 1: Cut the edges off the vacuum cleaner bag and be careful not to separate the layers of the bag.
Step 2: Remove the extra materials from the insides of the bag.
Step 3: Cut remaining bag into approximately 4 in. X 5 in. rectangles.
Step 4: Sew together edges of layers to prevent separation by using a zig zag stitch.
Step 5: Insert into pocket of homemade facemask Remember to remove the filter before gently hand-washing your mask after each use, allowing three days for any potential virus contagion to die off.