Wallet, keys, cell phone, face mask — this has become the “new normal” checklist that runs through our minds before leaving the house as the pandemic continues. But have you been struggling with loose face masks that never seem to fit quite fit right?
Aside from probably just feeling uncomfortable, it can also leave you more vulnerable to nasty germs floating around that you’re trying to avoid spreading or receiving in the first place. Luckily, there’s a super simple fix for loose face masks that can nip that problem in the bud. Olivia Cuid, MD, a dentist in Canada, shared her tip for keeping everything safe and snug.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to bust out a needle or thread to make any mask alterations. Instead, just tie a couple quick knots on the elastic ear loops and fold in the excess material.
Take a look at Dr. Cuid’s video to see how it works:
As she mentions in the clip, the hack is especially helpful for anyone with a smaller face — including children over the age of two, per CDC recommendations.
Making sure your mask fits well isn’t just important for protecting yourselves and others from the virus, but can also keep your glasses from fogging up. (Click here for another easy tip to avoid blurring your bespectacled vision while wearing a mask.)
This easy trick can work for non-surgical masks that tend to be loose, too, if they have similar elastic ear loops. And don’t forget to wash your reusable cloth face masks regularly by tossing them in your washer or soaking them in hot water with detergent for up to 30 minutes.
Looking to stock up on more masks to make your supplies last longer between washing? Check out some of our favorite face masks that work for the whole family (and happen to be super cute).