If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission.
- Best-selling 3-layer face masks like the ones the CDC recommends we all wear are back in stock on Amazon at all-time low prices, but there are other options you should explore.
- Someone reverse-engineered N95 masks and shared instructions online that will show you how to make your own DIY face masks.
- If done properly, these DIY face masks could provide great protection, though either option is more than good enough to protect you as long as you also practice social distancing and good hygiene, which means using hand sanitizer often.
Head on over to Amazon and you’ll find that the retailer’s best-selling 3-layer face masks are back in stock and ready to ship. What’s more, they’re down to an all-time low price of just $0.60 per mask. As long as you practice strict social distancing and good hygiene by constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer (which is also in stock right now at Amazon) whenever you touch a surface in a public place, these masks are very effective. And if you want to step things up a notch, you’ll find that even thicker MagiCare KN95 face masks are finally back in stock as well right now with a $21 discount on boxes of 20 masks. They’re definitely going to sell out soon though, so you’ll need to hurry if you want any.
Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 (5081) List Price:$14.37 Price:$29.99 ($0.60 / mask) You Save:$2.87 (20%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Price:$64.95 ($3.25 / mask) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Of course, you can get protection that’s as good or perhaps even better if you decide to make your own face masks.
Last week, we gave our readers an awesome guide that explained how to make coronavirus face masks at home quickly and easily. In fact, those DIY face masks are so easy to make that you don’t even have to sew. Most of the materials you need to make those particular masks are simple things that you already have lying around your house. There are really only two things you need that might not already be readily available, and they’re both in stock and shipping now from Amazon. Definitely check out our guide for more details.
As we said, those masks are great because they’re very easy to make and they’re far more effective than just a t-shirt or a scarf. That said, they’re nowhere near as effective as medical-grade face masks that some people wear. The CDC is quite clear that “any face covering is better than nothing,” but you still shouldn’t buy N95 face masks even if you do manage to find them online or in a nearby store. Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front lines of the war against the novel coronavirus have a far greater need than you do, and there is still a terrible shortage of masks and other PPE.
While it’s true that something is better than nothing, there are certainly degrees of effectiveness based on the materials and design you use. The masks in the guide linked above are more effective than any basic cloth masks, for example, but now we’ve found a guide for DIY coronavirus face masks that are even more effective than those. The guide comes from the same YouTube channel, and the vlogger basically tried to reverse-engineer an N95 mask. The end result is NOT as effective as a medical-grade respirator, of course, but it’s easily one of the best face mask designs we’ve come across. In fact, it even has its own integrated virus neutralizer.
That said, this mask is a bit more complicated than the one above and there are definitely more materials that you’ll need to make it. Here’s the full materials list:
- Virus Neutralizer
- Outer Layer: Option 1, option 2, option 3
- Middle Layer
- Inside Layer
- Oil Absorbing Pads
- Silicone gun
- White Tape
- Black Tape
Once you’ve got all that ready to go, you’ll find all the instructions you need in the video embedded below.
Here’s a better breakdown of the materials and prices:
Outer layer options
Spunbond Pack: Polyester Nonwoven Craft Fabric Price:$9.95 Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Price: Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Brady SPC BPO500 BASIC 17" Length, 15" Width, White Color Oil Only Light Weight Pad (100 Per Ba… List Price:$32.99 Price:$23.76 You Save:$9.23 (28%) Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission
Oil Absorbing Pads
- 1 Powecom FFP2 Protective Face Masks (Headband), 94%+ Filtration Efficiency, Disposable Particula…
- 2 PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, Refreshing Gel, Clean Scent, 8 fl oz Sanitizer Table Top Pump B…
- 3 Lysol Disinfecting, 480 6 Packs of 80 Wipes, (Lemon & Spring Waterfall), Lemon, Spring
- 4 Lysol 2284 Crisp Linen Spray, 4 PACK, blue
Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web. Prices subject to change without notice and any coupons mentioned above may be available in limited supply.