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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 02:44 PM

VERIFY: Sanitize your cloth masks in the washing machine, not the microwave [View all]

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Social media posts claim you can sanitize your cloth masks in the microwave. But the CDC recommends you use the washing machine.

WHAT WE FOUND
A CDC spokesperson told VERIFY in an email, "The safe way to sterilize and clean a cloth face covering is in a washing machine."

A factsheet the CDC distributed on using cloth face masks goes into more detail. It once again says you should use a washing machine and talks about generally how often you should wash them.

It says they should be "routinely washed depending on the frequency of use." It doesn't delve into more detail than that.

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