The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s basic common sense, given that we’re in the midst of a massive pandemic, and masks are the easiest way to stop the spread of a deadly virus. And many states now finally mandate that cloth face masks be worn when people aren’t able to socially-distance while out in public. The best masks are breathable, washable, and come in a range of neutral and not-ridiculous patterns.
The CDC recommends that face masks 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.
These double-layer cotton masks come with filters and a metal nose piece that keeps them snug to your face for maximum effectiveness. They come in multiple colors and quanities, and fit kids and adults ages 5 and up.
Each of these unisex cloth masks are made from a double-layer knit fabric, with cotton-lycra ear loops. Everlane donates 10 percent of the sales of each set of masks to the ACLU.
These no-frills masks get the job done. Each cotton mask has two layers of fabric, with an opening to insert a filter for extra protection. The knot-adjustable bands fit behind the ears. These tend to run large.
These triple-layer cotton masks are among the most comfortable ones we've worn. They have over-the-ear straps and an adjustable nose piece. Choose whatever pattern and color scheme works for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
High on comfort, low on maintenance, this set of three masks is made from soft cotton jersey fabric, with elastic ear loops.
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These ultra-comfortable masks from Athleta are made from three machine washable layers - an outer layer made with a polyester-spandex blend, and two inner layers of cotton. They have adjustable earloops and a metal nose piece to eliminate any gaps. Plus, Athleta is donating 100,000 masks to medical facilities across the country.
Reebok's face masks are made from two layers of recycled polyester that keeps it breathable but snug to your face. They feature a place to hold a filter and are machine washable.
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