Sarah Redmond, Curtis J. Donskey and Lucas Jones, of the School of Medicine, study the effectiveness of steam treatments to decontaminate face masks

Study: Rice Cookers May Actually Be A Good Way To Clean Face Masks

Ideastream—WCPN: New research co-authored by Sarah Redmond, Curtis J. Donskey and Lucas Jones of the School of Medicine, is highlighted for examining whether brief treatments of steam—using a kitchen rice cooker—can decontaminate face masks. The study discovered the method was more effective than dry heat or using ultraviolet light at cleaning cloth masks, surgical masks, and N95 respirators—and was nearly as effective as the common practice of using concentrated hydrogen peroxide.