Put the Washing Bag in the Machine From Dirty Masks

The pandemic has made us question everything, including the laundry. Dirty clothes are no longer limited to being removed in the bedroom or bathroom; Now we have to deal with masks that are removed on the way home from excursions.

I first put the mask on the passenger side sun visor and then bring it inside the house as soon as I get home. I still think this is a great idea. But then I would find other masks of people scattered around the car. Recently I got into the car and found a bunch of my husband’s favorite masks on the passenger seat. “Are they clean or dirty ???” I wrote to him. “Yeah,” he wrote back, “most of them are dirty.” (We miss the horror in the word the most.)

So here we are, eight months in a pandemic life, and it just occurred to us that we needed a way to neatly separate our clean and dirty masks in the place where we remove them most often: in the car. We store the clean ones in one of those dashboard compartments that didn’t make much sense in our pre-pandemic world, but which are perfect for accommodating a dozen different sized masks. So all we needed was a place for the dirty ones. Here’s what I did.

I pulled my underwear bag out of the dresser – you know, one of those mesh things with a zip at the top – and sewed a piece of elastic to its top corners so I could hang it over the headrest of the passenger seat. (Safety pins would work, too.) If the headrest is an awkward place in your car, you can pin the lingerie bag or attach it to wherever you like.

There is now a place to hide the dirty mask when you get back into the car. When I get home, I can take the mask out of my bag and bring it inside, but if I forget, it will still hang in the laundry bag instead of stretched out with its cousins ​​on the seat or on the floor.


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