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If You Wear N95 Masks, You Can Clean Them In An Instant Pot

Is there anything the Instant Pot *can't* do?

Several months into quarantine, it's fair to say we're all super used to the whole mask thing by now.

But one thing that's still a bit of a chore is cleaning them. Or, if you have disposable masks — like the N95 — keeping a stash stocked.

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For the latter, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there's an easy at-home method to clean and decontaminate N95s. And all you need is one thing...

An Instant Pot! 👇

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After testing, DHS recommends the method in this tutorial:

View this video on YouTube

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You'll place your mask in a paper bag...

Photo of person placing N95 mask into paper bag

Seal the bag, then put it on an elevated surface over a bit of water...

Secure the lid and set the temp to 149°F. Let it go for 30 minutes:

Photo of the temperature setting on an Instant Pot

Testing showed that this method was effective in decontamination.

Specifically, the "moist heat" (sorry, their words) works to decontaminate the mask. The paper bag allows steam to get through and disinfect — without destroying the mask with too much moisture.

But DHS points out that this method is meant for use in supply shortage situations.

Photo of a decontaminated mask being taken out of the Instant Pot

Watch the full how-to video here and read up on decontamination FAQs here.

Keep masking, friends!!

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