Mask-cleaning gone wrong 


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Images adapted from: Mai Phutti Sukadecha

We’ve all heard how important it is to keep face masks clean and how you must replace them if dirty or wet. But we’re running out of surgical masks to stockpile on, so people found creative ways to save them from the trash bin.

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang posted a Twitter video last Tuesday on how to kill germs on a worn surgical mask with a rice cooker.

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Image credit: Audrey Tang

In the video, Tang placed a worn surgical mask into the rice cooker without water, turned it on, and waited for 8 minutes for the mask to “cook” and cool.


Man ended up cooking his mask


A Buriram man named Mai Phutti Sukadecha decided to take a shot at Tang’s mask-cleansing method to see if it would work. As it turns out, the method worked too well because his mask got burnt and shrivelled like an overcooked egg.

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Image credit: Mai Phutti Sukadecha

In his post, Mr. Sukadecha posted photos of himself wearing the ruined mask after the botched attempt to revitalize his own mask. He cheekily thanks Tang for her idea.

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Translation: Thank you Audrey Tang for showing how to use rice cookers to kill germs on masks. 

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Image credit: Mai Phutti Sukadecha

They say laughter is the best medicine, and the comments under the post seem to agree, while some tried to explain what went wrong: 

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Translation: That’s a different type of rice cooker. You need the kind with different settings. 

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Translation: She put it in a steamer bowl before the cooker. If you put it right against the cooker, it’s going to turn out like this. She killed the germs by steaming it.

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Translation: You definitely killed the germs, but you also can’t wear it anymore. Hahaha!


Proper mask etiquette amid COVID-19


Masks are scarce at the moment, so everyone is finding ways to use disposable masks to save resources and stay safe. With that in mind, there are ways to make your own masks at home.


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