Learn how to wash a sleep mask with this comprehensive guide. Read on for detailed washing instructions for every Manta Sleep mask. Plus, how to handwash any sleep mask.
The sleep mask has improved shut-eye quality since its invention by Edward and Elsie Hemphill. According to Google, their file for a patent was granted in the 1930s(1). Since then, the sleep mask has evolved with many iterations. And it's only gotten better through the years.
Many people rely on sleep masks and for good reason. They block out light, the nemesis of sleep. In case you were wondering, darkness tells your body to wind down. It also triggers the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. The darker your sleep environment, the deeper and more restful your zzzs.
What kind of sleep mask you wear and how often you do depends on you. But one thing is certain: cleaning your sleep mask is a must. Whether you own one or are considering it, this guide tells you how to wash a Manta Sleep mask.
We’ll start with the reasons you need to prioritize sleep mask hygiene.
Why You Need to Wash a Sleep Mask
Unless they’re non washable (one reason to steer clear), sleep masks need a good cleaning every now and then.
Here’s what may happen if you don’t wash your sleep mask:
Rashes or irritated skin
Think. It’s a personal article of clothing that you wear next to your skin. Like your sheets or pillowcases, dead skin, oil and bacteria accumulate on a sleep mask.
And here’s the clincher. That “skin” we’re referring to is on your face. And any mask that claims to be for sleep should cover your eyes. These are two of the most sensitive parts of the human body.
That’s why, we can’t stress enough that you need to wash your sleep mask.
How often should I wash a sleep mask?
How often depends on 3 things: skin type, existing conditions and care instructions.
People with sensitive, acne-prone skin should consider washing theirs after every use. This means fewer bacteria and sebum buildup on your skin (and mask).
Some sleep masks have a dual purpose, such as heated or cooling eye masks. They're worn to ease symptoms of eye conditions while blocking out light as you snooze.
Examples of these include pinkeye, which is contagious. Or eye itchiness from allergies. When you have any type of eye secretions, we recommend cleaning your mask after each use.
Other sleep masks are more delicate than others. For instance, silk sleep masks. In a case like this, always check your mask’s care instructions. If they’re made from sub-standard fabric, frequent washing will speed up wear and tear.
If none of these apply, wash your sleep mask 2-3 times a week. Frequency depends on how often you use it and how much you sweat, too. Now if that’s buckets and you use it every night, clean it daily or as often as possible.
How to Wash Manta Sleep Masks
While most Manta Sleep Masks are machine-washable, others have special cleaning instructions. We created this one-stop guide for all our products.
100% Machine Washable Eye Masks from Manta Sleep
We designed our sleep masks with hygiene top-of-mind. Most of them are machine-washable. And this goes for the head strap and detachable eye cups.
Here are our 100% machine-washable sleep masks:
The original Manta SLEEP Mask remains one of our bestsellers. We like to call it the world’s comfiest 100% blackout sleep mask.
Most sleep masks with headphones are nonwashable. Water damages the circuitry and electronics. But not to worry. Manta SOUND Mask has a 2-layer head strap. The inner layer, which rests next to your skin, is removable and washable.
Follow these easy instructions:
Step 1: Separate the outer layer of the head strap containing the speakers. Note that the outer layer nonwashable.
Step 2: The mask comes with its own mesh laundry bag but any will do. Place the inner layer of the head strap and the eye cups into the bag.
Step 3: Machine wash cold with mild detergent on the delicate wash cycle.
Step 4: Lay the mask and cups out to air dry flat. Gently squeeze them to remove excess water.
Step 5: Do not wring or tumble dry.
Tip: If you need to wash the outer layer of the head strap, spot-clean it with a damp cloth. Use plain water only.
How to Handwash a Sleep Mask
No washing machine? No problem. Handwashing clothing, including sleep masks, is way gentler. It might take more elbow grease, but it helps your mask look and feel new for longer.
Generally, sleep masks are delicate articles of clothing. It all depends on construction, quality and fabric. (By the way, if yours is silk read our article on how to wash a silk sleep mask.)
Make sure to check your mask’s care instructions to see if it's washable. If it isn’t, head to your nearest dry cleaner.
Here’s a safe and effective way to handwash most sleep masks:
Step 1: Fill a clean basin or sink with cold water. It’s gentler on your mask versus turning up the heat.
Step 2: Mix in about a teaspoon of mild liquid detergent. If you have extra sensitive skin, you might want to go for hypoallergenic soap.
Step 3: Submerge the sleep mask. Let it soak up the soap and water for up to 5 minutes. Then move it around. (Easy does it.)
Step 4: Remove the soapy water from the basin or sink. Fill it again with cold water and place the sleep mask inside. Move the sleep mask gently in the water. Repeat the process until all suds are gone.
Step 5: Lay the sleep mask on a towel (white to prevent color bleeding). If it’s sopping wet, gently squeeze the mask to remove excess water. Do not wring it dry or you could wind up stretching the fabric.
Step 6: Lay it out to air dry flat in a room with good ventilation. Resist the urge to tumble dry or put it on top of a heater. This could result in shrinkage or bacon strap.
Tip: If your mask has detachable eye cups, remove them before handwashing for easier and more thorough cleaning.
We hope we covered everything you need to know on how to wash a Manta Sleep Mask and then some. Still got questions? Check our FAQ page or click the chat button to speak to support or send an email.
(1) “Sleep eye shade." Google Patents, https://patents.google.com/patent/US1924315A/en. Accessed 28 December 2022.
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