Guide to Coffee Filter Face Masks


Coffee filters provide good filtration that many people are using them as an added layer when making DIY face masks. There are many patterns and tutorials shared online when it comes to making face masks using coffee filters. These disposable filters offer an added layer of protection when it comes to filtering aerosol-sized particles.

How effective are coffee filters? Can they be used in making face masks? These are some of the questions that we will tackle in this article. We will also discuss some studies and research about coffee filters and their ability to capture tiny particles. Moreover, we have shared patterns and tutorials on how to make face masks using coffee filters.

This article does not contain any product recommendations. If you are interested in purchasing face masks, here’s our buying guide with products.

Due to the shortage of medical face masks, the CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth face cover when going out in a public setting. It will help prevent the spread of the virus. People are using various fabrics and materials as homemade face masks. Research and studies are still ongoing to find out which materials are best for making face masks. Not all materials are ideal, but due to the current pandemic, any face cover is better than wearing nothing when going out in a public setting.

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Can You Use Coffee Filters for Face Masks?

Yes, you can make a coffee filter for face masks. Aside from adding it into the layer of a fabric or cloth as a filter, you can also make a face mask out of coffee filter only. Smart Air has tested various materials for a homemade face mask, which includes a bed sheet, cotton, wool scarf, paper towel, coffee filter, and many more. Based on their data, the coffee filter is among the best material for a homemade mask. However, the downside to it is that it is difficult to breathe through a coffee filter.  

Do Coffee Filter Filter Germs?

A coffee filter can filter small particles of germs and viruses. Smart air does a study about the best materials used for face masks. They have tested various materials, which include a cotton t-shirt, HERO coffee filter, paper towel, and many more. With the use of a Henderson apparatus, they have tested larger (1-micron) particles and smaller (0.3) micron particles. For the 1.0 micron particles, HERO coffee filters captured 98% of the particles. It also captured 62% of the 0.3-micron particles.

What are the Types of Coffee Filters?

There are three types of coffee filters: paper, metal, and cloth. When it comes to making face masks, people use paper coffee filters. They are also one of the most commonly available filters. You can easily find paper coffee filters at grocery stores or online stores. These types of coffee filters are used for dripping coffee makers and are highly absorbent and tightly-woven. Paper coffee filters are available in cone or basket shape. They also come in different sizes.

Coffee Filters as Face Masks

Coffee filters are among the best materials used as a face mask. They are tightly-woven and can filter tiny particles. Coffee filters are ideal as filter inserts for a cloth face mask. You can use any brand of coffee filter for a face mask. Take note that coffee filters cannot be reused. They should be disposed of after use.

✅ Video – Can Coffee Filters Help in DIY Face Masks?

12 News shares the video below on YouTube. Can add coffee filters to your DIY face masks help improve their effectiveness? Tram Mai spoke with a medical professional to find out.

Video from: 12 News

What Are Coffee Filters Made of?

Paper coffee filters are typically made with paper that weights 100 grams per square meter. The raw materials or pulp for the filter papers are coarse-long fiber that often comes from fast-growing trees. They are usually made of filaments approximately twenty micrometers wide that allows particles less than about ten to fifteen micrometers to get through the paper. There are also bamboo-based paper filters.

What is the difference between Brown and White Coffee Filters?

The color of the coffee filter depends on whether the paper is bleached (white) or unbleached (brown). There is not much difference when it comes to filtration, but unbleached coffee filters are more environmentally friendly. Bleached coffee filters take away the natural color of the paper and turn it to white.

Coffee Filters as Filter Inserts for Face Masks

Using coffee filters as filter inserts for the face mask will improve the capabilities of a homemade face mask. It is especially true if your face mask is made from thin material or has a looser weave. Face masks made with light materials may not be able to catch that many aerosol-sized particles. A research done by S&T found that using three layers of coffee filters without any fabrics can remove up to 24.1% of relevant particles.

How to Make a Coffee Filter Face Mask

A coffee filter face mask is easy to do. You will need materials that you can easily find at home. It takes just a few minutes to make the mask. Bear in mind that these kinds of masks are not reusable. You can make use of any coffee filter that you have at home. Use rubber bands for the ear loops, or you can also use hair ties or elastics. Check out the video below for a simple tutorial that you can follow.

✅ Video – DIY Face Mask Using Coffee Filters

FlowerMongu shares the video below on YouTube. It tackles how to make a DIY face mask using coffee filters. Use a sample mask to trace the outline to the coffee filter. If you do not have a sample mask, you can also print a pattern online. You can use several layers of the coffee filter if you think that one layer is too thin. Use medical tape to assemble the parts. Attach the rubber bands with a tape. You can also substitute other materials for what you have at home. Watch the video below for the tutorial.

Video from: FlowerMongu

Homemade Bandana Face Mask with Coffee Filter

You can make a face mask using a bandana and rubber bands. For an added layer of protection, you can insert a coffee filter in between the layers of the bandana. Wired shared a tutorial that shows  how to make a bandana face mask with a coffee filter. You will need three simple materials to make the face mask. Check out the tutorial for the complete instructions by clicking the link above.

You can also check out this article about free bandana face mask patterns and tutorials. We have shared the different methods that you can use when making a bandana face mask. Also, we have tackled the different materials that you can use when making the ear loops.

✅ Video – Bandana Face Mask with Coffee Filter

The video below is shared by Claudia Fuenmayor on her YouTube channel. She demonstrates how to make a bandana face mask with a coffee filter insert. First, she folds the bandana in half then she also folded the basket-shaped coffee filter in half. Then, she placed it in the middle of the bandana and continued folding. Rubber bands are then used for the ear loops. This is a simple face mask that you can do at home. Check out the video tutorial below.

Video from: Claudia Fuenmayor

Handkerchief Face Mask with Coffee Filter Insert

If you do not have a bandana at home, an ideal alternative is a handkerchief. It is also of the right size for a DIY face mask, and it is easy to fold. Choose a handkerchief made from tightly-woven materials. We have also written this article that tackles how to make a face mask with ties. We have discussed various materials used for tying the face mask and securing it on your face. Aside from rubber bands, hair ties, and elastics, there are various materials that you can use. Check out the article for more information.

✅ Video – No-Sew DIY Face Mask

The video below is shared by Chaz Rough on his YouTube channel and tackles how to make a face mask using a handkerchief and coffee filter. You can wash the handkerchief and reuse it, but make sure that you dispose of the coffee filter after every use. If you cannot find a handkerchief, you can also use cotton fabric. Check out the demonstration below.

Video from: Chaz Rough

Check out this article about the dangers of sterilizing a face mask in a microwave. We have shared information on why it is a dangerous method that you need to avoid.

Face Mask with Pockets for Coffee Filters

If you know how to sew, you can make a face mask with pockets for coffee filters. Cloth face covers are washable and reusable. Rather than using a bandana and folding it up every time you need a face mask, you can simply sew a face mask with pockets that are ready to use. Just insert a coffee filter into the pockets for an added layer of protection. 

There are many ways on how to make a face mask with pockets. We have also written this article about free face mask tutorials and patterns. You can choose from the 21 methods that we have shared in creating a face mask using various materials.

✅ Video – How to Make a Face Mask with a Filter Pocket

MySewBliss shares the video tutorial below on her YouTube Channel. The tutorial will teach you the step-by-step process on how to make a face mask with a filter pocket. In just thirty minutes or less, depending on your sewing skills, you can be able to create a face mask with the help of easy to follow directions found on the video.

Video from: MySewBliss

The End

Coffee filters provide an added layer of protection into the face mask. You can purchase coffee filters on your local grocery store or you can also order online. However, take note that coffee filters are made of paper and should be disposed of after every use. Do not attempt to recycle or reuse coffee filters. You can create your own face mask using the tutorials and patterns that we have shared above. Thank you for reading!

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