With face masks almost impossible to find now, be self-sufficient and make your own. Here is a bunch of options on making face masks yourself. See links below. These can be made by hand sewing. You don’t need a sewing machine. Also think great simple project to teach your kids how to hand sew.
I’m told fabric masks aren’t as efficient a filter as the commercial medicinal ones, so I figured out how to make them much safer. Thieves oil essential formula (available from DoTerra distributors but also other essential oil perveyors) can be added to high percentage alcohol (think Everclear or moonshine) with a pinch of Epsom salt to emulsify the oil into the alcohol.
If Thieves Oil isn’t available, Tea Tree Oil, Clove Oil, Cinnamon Oil, or other anti-viral essential oil can be mixed or substituted. And there are other good mixtures on the internet which can help protect from viral infections. I personally like Thyme, Oregano, Lemon Grass, and Olive Leaf essential oils as well. Thieves Oil just has a very ancient success rate having been used since the plague pandemics in Europe hundreds of years ago.
I’m thinking mix aprox. 20 drops of essential oils per oz. of alcohol is sufficient to create a nice film on anything it’s sprayed on. This sprayed onto the surface of the fabric mask, then allowed to dry, to let the alcohol evaporate off, leaves a film of the oil to kill virus and bacteria in the air.
Also, if you have an ionizer air purifier, use it. This captures particles and they fall to the floor. Then vacuum or clean the floor with a citrus all purpose cleaner. Collect orange, lemon, and/or grapefruit peels, soak in vinegar for a couple of weeks (I use a quart mason jar, filled 3/4 full of the peels, then fill up with vinegar and cap with a plastic cap or a sheet of plastic under the metal cap), strain and add a Tablespoon or so of dish soap, which makes an effective DIY terrific floor and surface cleaner.
You can also use this citrus cleaner on any surface in your house except stone or marble (it will pit those surfaces) to kill unwanted disease causing germs. It smells nice too. Just keep in a mason jar and add to a regular spray bottle as needed. You can add a few drops of essential oils like Tea Tree oil or more of the Thieves Oil to make it more potent.
Here are the face mask links:
Be safe and use your heads to protect health. Good luck.