The principle of our FiT filter carrier is very simple: A filter material is inserted between two plastic baskets, the baskets are attached to the head with two rubber bands. Not simple enough yet!? Many thanks to our numerous users who have sent us their creative ideas and live hacks on how to make it easier to put on and fix, how to improve the wearing comfort - and even how to pimp the look!
Just as important as wearing a mask is correct and regular cleaning. Since the FiT filter carrier is made of plastic and a simple paper tissue can be used as filter material, the filter carrier is easy to clean and immediately ready for use.
Our tip: Store your filter carrier together with paper handkerchiefs and disinfectant in a container that can be closed well. This prevents dirt from getting onto the cleaned plastic baskets, the filter is always ready to hand and you can disinfect your filter carrier in between when it is in continuous use, such as during work. The containers can be easily labelled for each member of the family so that everyone uses their own FiT filter carrier and the masks are not lost.
1. form the rubber band into a loop and feed it through the hole in one of the outer hooks
2. pull the end of the loop slightly apart and fold it over the hook on the right and left
You can choose between two carrying techniques:
Wearing the rubber bands over the back of the head
If you fix one rubber band to the two upper hooks and the other to the two lower hooks, you can pull the two rubber bands over your head to wear the mask.
Wearing the elastic bands at the ears
If you fix one elastic band to the two left hooks and the other to the two right hooks, you can put an elastic band over the left or right ear to wear the mask.
Cleaning the mask: When disinfecting the mask with heat (e.g. boiling water), you should remove the rubber bands and put them back on for reuse.
Paper tissues are ideal if the FiT filter carrier is to be ready for use immediately and everywhere or only needs to be changed a few times (e.g. only when shopping or on the bus ride to work). The use of fabric filters is recommended when wearing masks permanently, because then not only the plastic baskets but also the filter can be reused. However, this requires a little more preparation, as the fabric filters must first be purchased and after cleaning, they must be dried and, if necessary, brought back into shape by ironing.
Our tip: If you wear the FiT filter carrier permanently and have to change the filter several times a day, prepare several filter inserts that you can fall back on. This works best if you use a round object (diameter approx. 25 cm) such as the lid of a cooking pot as a template and cut out the round templates from a tablecloth, bed sheet or other fabric remnants.
Our tip for DIY fans: Use zigzag scissors to prevent fraying at the edge of the fabric (alternatively sew close to the edge with the zigzag stitch). Then sew a loose stitch all the way round with your hand, pull the thread together and knot it. This creates a round shape in which a filter basket can be inserted. The protruding edge provides perfect padding and the filter fabric still sits firmly on the basket even when the filter is put down for a short time.
We have learned from the Corona pandemic that there are different variants for mouth and nose protection. Classic "surgical masks" are currently mainly intended to be available to medical staff and are usually sold out in pharmacies anyway. Therefore, many people are looking for alternatives that are best cleaned and can be worn more often. A positive side effect of the self-made variants is the colourful variety of filter inserts that can be made from fabric remnants or old pillowcases. This is also possible with our FiT filter carrier: Whether fabric or paper towel, numerous filter materials can be used and individually designed according to your own taste.
Our tip: Whether motif napkins or printed fabrics, there are no limits to creativity. Many have already shown us their "pretty" masks and we have also become active ourselves. Here are some examples.
Of course, you can replace the enclosed household rubbers with any rubber band you like, so that the mask fits comfortably when worn for a longer period of time and does not slip, e.g. during moving activities.
Alternatives to household rubbers:
Hygiene measures are now more important than ever. Now that masks are compulsory in many areas, we must not only wear the mask correctly, but also clean it properly and regularly.
Our tip: To disinfect the plastic baskets, we recommend boiling the two baskets in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Make sure that the size of the pot and the amount of water is sufficient to cover both baskets. If necessary, after 5 minutes turn the filter holder baskets upside down with a wooden spoon and leave the baskets upside down in the boiling water for another 5 minutes. The material of the plastic baskets remains unchanged by boiling out and there is no danger of discoloring the cooking pot. Place the baskets on a clean tea towel or kitchen paper to dry them or dab them dry with clean hands.