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[*] posted on 16-7-2020 at 20:40
Improvised uses for used face masks?


Anyone have any good improvised uses for used surgical and N95 masks?

I was thinking as a filter (both) and maybe a rag for wiping down surfaces (surgical mask only).

Due to non-biodegredeable polypropylene plies, presumably the best way to dispose of it is incineration?
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[*] posted on 16-7-2020 at 20:46


UVC (~ 254nm) sterilization, and reuse them.
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[*] posted on 16-7-2020 at 21:04


I've thought about that....I even have UVC bulbs in the lab and at home I could use.

Just the thought of putting a mask with dead bacteria and viruses on it grosses me out, so I prefer to use new ones :)

FYI article for people who want to read about sterilizing and re-using masks.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092575352...
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[*] posted on 28-10-2020 at 05:52


i am not sure if you need a completely sterile work environment for any thing but you could use the N95 for an air filtration system. this would be especially good if you do any biological based activity's or bio chemistry, hell it would also be good for home brewing.
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[*] posted on 28-10-2020 at 19:42


Using it as a Semipermanente membrane for electrolysis would this be possible. surgical mask only.

The N95 respirator requires a fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers, specifically a nonwoven polypropylene fabric. It is produced by melt blowing and forms the inner filtration layer that filters out hazardous particles

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