Want to decontaminate your N95 mask?
A new study has found… You can just stick it in your Insta-Pot!
The study was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, and conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
And they discovered the Insta-Pot is capable of decontaminating N95 respirators, without chemicals and without compromising its filtration or fit! And it kills the coronavirus!
If you aren't familiar with Insta-Pot, it’s a new fangled crock pot-like appliance that’s been a top seller for a few years now. But if you only have a crock-pot or slow cooker at home - those work, too!
The study authors found that after a single 50-minute cooking cycle, at 212 degrees, masks were intact and successfully sanitized. Even after 20 cycles of decontamination, N95 masks were still fine!
But here’s an important caveat: Don't use any WATER! For the hack to work, it’s important not to add water to the cooker. It’s also vital that the respirator is placed on top of a towel inside the device to prevent the mask from coming into direct contact with the heating element.
The scientists even put a cooking video on YouTube to show how it’s done!