In this day and age safety is of paramount importance and with all the things we have been hearing about the spread of illness, there are always reasons to be prepared. However, if there is a shortage of ordinary masks, I’m talking the paper kind you would find at Home Depot, not full-on respirators and the like, you can simply use an old Tee Shirt to make a temporary disposable mask. These masks can be used to prevent sawdust or household dust from getting into your air passages while you are working or for light use in other areas and they are disposable and you can make as many as you want from old Tee Shirts. Note, a mask of this kind is not a medical-grade mask and not a respirator mask so no one is making any claims here about using it for those purposes. This mask is good for someone who wants a bit of light protection in a pinch if nothing else is available. Also, you can make about four to six masks per Tee Shirt, so it’s a great way to recycle your old clothes and build up a little stockpile at the same time.
- A Tee Shirt
First, cut your tee shirt across the bottom the width size of one hand with fingers relaxed.
Then cut the length the size of three relaxed hands.
Then cut out the center making four ties (your mask portion, left intact will be the width of one hand size).
The mask will look like this (see below).
Then you put the mask on and adjust it to fit your face comfortably.
I hope this helps everyone, I made a bunch of them and put them in my car, in the garage, and all over the house.