I hand washed my N95 mask with hot water and detergent and it’s now harder to breath through the mask, what do I do wrong?

I’m supposed to be asleep now for work tomorrow, but they require all employees to wear masks prior to entering the work area.  This is my only mask and I’m worried it may still be restrictive after letting it dry.


The whole mask seems to collapse in each time I inhale.

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    You cannot wash an N95 type mask. It's ruined now and you'll have to get a new one. Next time, just leave it in bright sunlight for a few hours.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No one cares if we can breathe or not. Good luck 

  • A
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The research I did states that washing with soap and water can damage the effectiveness of the mask,   The best method is to just let it dry for a couple days after each use.   Maybe you can get new ones and rotate them

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