Wondering where you can buy face masks in the Lakeland area?
While there is no mandate on wearing face masks in public from the State of Florida, Polk County, City of Lakeland, or any other local government (at time of publishing), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.” Cloth masks can be sanitized in the washing machine and reused.
Disclaimer: This list is for informational purposes only. Lakeland Mom is not a source of medical advice. There is no guarantee that cloth masks protect anyone against the spread of germs, cloth masks are not medical grade masks. For medical advice consult your doctor.
Note on Pricing & Availability – Prices listed below may be subject to change. There also may be an additional charge for shipping. While these businesses and individuals are local, most are not currently offering local pick up unless specifically noted below. Also, if you need the face masks ASAP, ask about production time before you order. They are ALL working as fast as possible – be compassionate!
After donating more than 1400 masks to local healthcare workers, Strong Stitch is now selling masks to the public for $7 per mask plus shipping. They have two types of masks: fabric masks (pictured above) and the Halyard 600 Medical Grade mask, both available in kids and adult sizes. To order visit Strongstitch.com.
Yates & Hagan, located at Lakeside Village, is getting regular shipments of face masks. The current order is plain black, 100% cotton, $12 each with free shipping. They will be getting more, including kid sizes and patterns. Visit their Facebook page to place and order and check for new shipments.
Margaret Janicki with Living that Silly Life is making masks that are reversible with 2 complementary patterns and filter pocket. Local pick up is available. Masks are $15 – use code StaySafe for a 15% discount, free shipping on orders over $75. Visit her website to order, or contact via her Facebook page.
Craftipus is a Lakeland based Etsy shop selling ready to ship masks and fabrics available for mask making. Reversible masks are $10. Pleated are $5 except a few patterns. Shipping is $3 no matter how many you order. Orders over $35 will ship free. Local, NO CONTACT pick up available in Lakeland. Visit the Facebook page to see the options and place an order.
Local Moms Making Face Masks
Chelsie Rose Stickel is giving away 1 mask each to first responders and healthcare workers – contact her on Facebook.
Lauren Johnson is selling masks for $7 each – contact her on Facebook.
Kristin Allison is sellling face masks – they are made with elastic, bendable nose piece, a pocket and a filter is included, all for $7 each (photos on FB page). Sizes for adults, children and toddlers. She also makes the headbands with buttons and elastic “ear savers”. Contact Allison through Facebook or call/text 863-255-5411.
Kayla Irish is making and selling cloth masks for $4. They can be either elastic ear bands or tie backs. All have a pocket to insert a filter. Sizes adult man, adult woman, child, and toddler. $5 flat shipping. Contact Kayla via Facebook to order.
Marylian Rosa is selling cotton masks with filter pocket for $4 each. Contact through Facebook Marylian Rosa or cell 484-387-6022.
Mother Daughter Team Sue Koepfle and Sara Richards are selling masks with all proceeds going towards frontline workers at LRH. They are 4/$15 or $4/each. Adult and kid size masks available. Mostly the elastic over the ear but they can also do ties. 100% cotton and washable. Typically available in 24-48 hours, can make arrangements for pickup or we will ship USPS priority mail flat rate $8. To see photos and place an order PM Sue Koepfle on the North side or Sara Richards on the South side of Lakeland.
If you aren’t able to purchase a mask from someone local, another option is Etsy. Click here to search for people selling cloth face masks. TIP – look for listings with a high number of reviews and 4-5 stars. Within an individual listing, be sure to look for the “Ready to ship in” time – some of them are showing 1-2 weeks due to demand. You can use the filter options to narrow it down to those with a quick shipping time.
How to Make Your Own Cloth Face Mask
- The CDC has visual instructions on multiple types of cloth face coverings you can make yourself, including a sewn method, quick t-shirt method (no sew) and a bandana folding method. Click here for the CDC instructions. Prefer to watch a video? See below.
- JoAnn has printable patterns and videos on their website
- A quick YouTube search will pull up PLENTY of DIY Mask Videos to choose from
How do you sterilize or clean a cloth face mask?
From the CDC: “A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.” Do not microwave cloth masks!