'Worth every penny': This disinfectant spray can kill 99.99 percent of viruses and bacteria on face masks

Korin Miller
·3 min read

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Spray on the protection. (Photo: Amazon)
Spray on the protection. (Photo: Amazon)

Now that masks are an extension of your wardrobe, you have to keep closer tabs on how often you’re doing laundry. Don’t do it enough, and you risk running out of clean masks. That’s where disposable masks come in. These use-it-and-lose-it masks can help carry you through laundry days but, unfortunately, it’s not cheap to have these in regular rotation.

Well, there’s a disinfectant spray available at Amazon, and fans swear it can help clean and extend the life of your disposable masks. It’s called Clyraguard Personal Protection Spray, and it’s an alcohol-free disinfectant.

Here’s why this can work so well on masks: Clyraguard’s spray is non-toxic, bleach- and alcohol-free and mineral-based, so you don’t have to stress if you accidentally breathe some in. While it doesn’t contain bleach or alcohol, it’s specifically made with an iodine and copper compound. “Both copper and iodine have antimicrobial properties,” Jamie Alan, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, tells Yahoo Life. “Povidone iodine is that orange stuff they rub all over your skin before they do surgery.”

Clyraguard’s spray is designed to disinfect personal protective equipment (PPE). For medical professionals, that can include N95 masks, scrubs, and other protective gear; For the rest of us, it can be used on your disposable masks, clothes and pretty much anything else that needs disinfecting.

Reviewers swear this lasts up to two months with regular use. (Photo: Amazon)
Reviewers swear this lasts up to two months with regular use. (Photo: Amazon)

To use Clyraguard, simply spray it directly onto your mask—or any other surface—until it’s fully covered, and you’re good to go. There’s no need to rinse it afterward.

Just a heads up: This is more of a spray it, let it sit, and come back to it later kind of thing. Peer-reviewed research conducted by Clyraguard found that it took 30 minutes for Clyraguard to reduce the levels of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, below detectable levels.

Clyraguard isn’t a household name yet, but its spray has plenty of fans. “I’ve been spraying Clyraguard on my disposable N95 masks since it first became available to the public a couple months ago,” a five-star reviewer wrote. “A single bottle lasted around two months with regular use and I found that I did not need to buy as many disposable masks because I could safely decontaminate and reuse them with a few sprays. ... Worth every penny.” Plenty of fans say the spray works great both inside and outside of your mask. “You can spray the front and back of the mask and then let it dry for a few minutes,” one happy user wrote. “I tried in the past to clean my mask with sanitizer or rubbing alcohol, but then I'd wound up suffocating my breath with the intense alcohol that took much longer to dry.”

Yet another fan said they like to use Clyraguard as an added layer of protection on their masks. “I spray it on my cloth and paper masks knowing I’ve created an additional barrier against virus and bacteria, and I can use my PPE longer without wasting paper products or having to launder as often,” they said. “All this and no chemical smell. I think ClyraGuard is the best disinfectant spray available.”

So, if you’re looking for a way to extend the life of your disposable masks or just want to push back laundry days, this is worth looking into.

Shop it: Clyraguard Personal Protection Spray, $25, amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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