The CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Unlike N-95 respirators, which should be reserved for healthcare workers, cloth face coverings are (now) for everyone. They can be fashioned out of many household items, and a bandana also works, but these are sturdier, more convenient, and more comfortable — and you don’t have to sew them.
The CDC recommends that they fit snugly, be secured with ties or ear loops, have multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing, and be sturdy enough to endure machine washing without damage. A mask should also not be placed on children under 2 or on anyone who can’t remove one without assistance. As with all coronavirus necessities — disinfecting cleaners, toilet paper, and homeschooling resources — finding the best affordable cloth face masks in stock can be a gentle challenge. We’ve got you covered with a variety of different picks, all of which meet the CDC’s guidelines for non-medical face masks. Several companies are opening additional preorders in the next few weeks, so check back often. These picks not only look cool, but many of the companies below will donate masks to those in need with your purchase.
The Best Cloth Face Masks Available Online
Newly available for preorder, Rag & Bone's stealth mask is lined with 100 percent cotton. A portion of all proceeds go to City Harvest.
Rendall Co.'s full-coverage mask comes in four different patterns, all made from 100 percent woven cotton. Masks come with copper nose bands to mold to face, which helps to reduce eyeglass fog. All materials are locally sourced in L.A., one mask donated for each one sold.
From the beloved maker of bed linens, a set of five masks from the brand's famously cozy 100 percent cotton sheets, in a range of different patterns and colors. For every set they sell, they donate a set to Baby2Baby and the Bowery Mission. These masks sold out quickly but are expected back in stock June 4.
Yes, the price is steeper, but you also get five very nice masks. They are machine-washable and are made from two layers of organic cotton. They have two adjustable straps. The masks are sold at cost, meaning the company doesn't turn a profit from them.
A Goldilocks-like set of cotton face masks for the whole family, this pack includes three sizes: adult, child, and mini (for 1- to 3-year-olds). Proceeds from sales of masks go to support frontline responders and healthcare workers. These masks are made from soft, organic, dyed materials.
The rainbow — hand-painted by kids and displayed in windows all around the world to show gratitude to essential workers and to lift everyone's spirits — has become emblematic of resilience and optimism during these difficult times. Each set comes with two double-layered reusable face masks designed by kids — and 100 percent of the proceeds go to NYC Health + Hospitals.
You get a pack of five reusable face masks. The inner layer of the mask is treated with an anti-microbial coating that will last up to 30 wash cycles; you can pre-order them. Because these are not considered 'fashion' pieces by the brand, you get whatever color or pattern is available, with focus being on safety, not statements.
These reusable face masks, with ear loops, are made from cotton, and have room for a filter. If you buy a mask, the brand will donate a mask for every mask sold to the nonprofit Direct Relief.
The brand known for its ultra-soft jersey is now selling face masks. This set of two is made from a soft cotton blend, and attaches with easy side ties.
This five-pack of masks is made from a cotton blend, with a cotton/poly-blend lining. Prints and colors vary, based on availability. The masks have elastic ear loops and a wire insert for a closer fit around the nose and mouth.
Like other clothing retailers, Old Navy is making excellent use of excess fabrics to create reusable face masks for adults and kids. Each ‘surprise pack’ comes with five masks, in a variety of colors, prints and patterns.
Here's a cloth face mask you can feel good about: You rep your favorite team, and all the proceeds from licensed face coverings are donated to Feeding America. The masks have elastic closures and feature the logos of the team of your choice.
These reversible masks are made from a cotton blend, are machine washable, and come in either adult or kid sizes; they have elastic ear loops. You get five masks per order.
These 100% cotton face masks feature an adjustable nose and are made of french terry fabric. Customers can choose from 22 patterns, and purchases help fund donations to essential workers. These get good reviews for their comfort and fit, including by larger guys.
You can buy these soft cotton-viscose masks from Reformation in packs of 5 to 250, or buy a 5-pack to donate to essential workers.
Each mask in this five-pack is made from repurposed materials from Caraa's production line. Colors cannot be guaranteed, but Caraa will match each purchase with a donation to New York relief efforts. Orders are expected to ship between May 3 and May 15.
These double-layer cotton masks have a filter pocket, and come in kids sizes. The fabric design will vary, and the next batch won't ship until late May (every clothing purchase also comes with a complimentary mask).
These stylish masks were created under the guidance of a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, are 100% cotton and machine washable, and can be used with a filter. With every purchase, Hedley and Bennett will donate one mask to an essential worker; the masks are also available to donate and for bulk purchase. Because of the popularity of these, delivery takes two to three weeks.
Steele Canvas usually specializes in industrial-scale canvas products, like laundry bins — when masks became scarce, they switched gears and started manufacturing face masks, now available in collaboration with Food52. Masks are available in adult and child sizes. For each mask sold, one is donated to medical facilities around the country.
The Best Cloth Face Masks for Kids
Kid-designed masks for other kids, all featuring original rainbow artwork from their peers. These all-cotton masks are intended for kids ages 4 to 12, and are machine washable in cold water. Coolest of all? One-hundred percent of profits go to NYC's public hospitals.
This set of four kids' cloth face masks with ear loops features 'Star Wars' designs, or prints from the princess oeuvre, Pixar or Marvel. You can order them in three different sizes. Best of all, Disney is donating all profits from domestic sales of these face masks to the nonprofit Medshare, up to $1 million, now through September 30. The estimated ship date is late June.
Available in kid and adult sizes, this colorful 5-pack of soft, cotton-blend tie-dyed masks is perfect for kids. The masks are reversible and machine-washable, and come with elastic ear loops. You get five masks per order.
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