My Fave Way to Organize Face Masks – Because “Where’s Your Mask?” is the New Question.

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child wearing mask with face mask storage rack in background

Have face masks floating around everywhere in the house and/or car?

Face masks are now apart of daily life due to the coronavirus pandemic, and I have a growing collection of reusable face masks at home for myself, husband, and two kids. I noticed right away that my family was not being very efficient with storing them, and we were constantly looking for them in the car, in my purse, or pockets.

Today I’m sharing my new system for organizing face masks, and other helpful tips in case you can relate to this struggle!

bin with reusable face masks

“Where’s your mask?” has become the new “Where are your shoes?”

In general, we all have a few nice reusable cotton masks, and then I keep a pack of disposable face masks in the car in case someone accidentally forgets theirs. It only took a few times driving back home for me to figure out we need a better system in place for mask-wearing.

OROPY wooden expandable coat rack from Amazon

I purchased this pretty expandable coat rack for my laundry room to hang clean masks!

This new system in our laundry room of placing dirty masks in a separate bin and hanging them up once clean on my new ORLY rack from Amazon is working out much better for us! I placed it vertically next to the dryer, as that’s where it fits best, and I love how beautiful it looks in this small space, and also how functional it is.

clean masks hanging on a wood expandable rack

Now that my family is on board with this mask organizing system, I’m not searching for masks last minute, and they are all clean and organized in one convenient spot in my laundry room next to the garage where we come and go.

I definitely appreciate small things like this that can make life a little easier! 

reusable masks hanging up to dry

Tips for washing reusable face masks:

  • Ideally, reusable face masks should be washed after each use, according to the CDC guidelines. This can be done in the washing machine using hot water and laundry detergent, and you can either dry in the dryer or hang dry.
  • Try to only touch the elastic part of the mask when removing it from your face to avoid bacteria that could be on a dirty mask.
  • According to, you can wash face masks by hand. They recommend scrubbing them for at least 20 seconds using hot soapy water and then using a hot clothes dryer to dry.

Want to save on your mask storage? Here are 3 brilliant Dollar Tree options for organizing clean face masks! 

over the door hanging masks dollar tree

1.) Over the Door Hooks

I do love my storage idea, however, above is a genius $1 hanging rack that fits behind the door as another more frugal option I spotted in-store at Dollar Tree.

dollar tree hanger for storing clean masks

2.) Belt & Tie Hanger

My smart sidekick Jen showed us how to hang up clean masks using a belt & tie hanger she found at Dollar Tree in this post! I think that is so clever and space-saving too.

suction cup hooks holding face masks

3.) Large Suction Hooks

Dollar tree also has a great selection of individual hooks like these suction style hooks, as well as smaller ones similar to Command hooks.

Here’s a fun idea below if you want to get crafty and make a personalized mask hanging station using a vinyl cutting machine such as a Cricut!

mask station example from

This adorable option above is actually available for sale via in case you’d like to buy one instead! I think it’s creative and also functional at the same time!

Curious how other Hip2Save readers organize and store their masks?

masks inside Ziploc bags

Check out this entire thread of clever tips from our Facebook group!

Here are some of my favorite mask organizing tips readers have shared:

“I put our masks in baggies, individually by the persons name, in a container on the counter. Then each person also has one that stays in my car in a larger Ziploc bag. This is our “normal” but if a kid or someone needs to go without me, they just grab their bag and off they go.” -Stephanie

“We have a grab and go clean mask hanging station by the door, and repurposed an old Tide Pods container for the used ones as you come in to be washed.” – Amberly

“We use these mesh bags from Amazon, and each person gets a color. The zipper part has a tab that can be used to hang on hooks for storage.” – Christen

“I bought travel soap containers and can fit three in each. I have one in my backpack, purse and my kids have one in their backpacks for school.”Stacy

Dollar tree has those pencil cases with zippers and empty makeup bags work great if you want to put a mini sanitizer, a face mask, and a pair of gloves in there. I basically have little sandwich baggies all set-up for each family member for road trips or outings.” – Sara

people wearing face masks in a mirror

On a personal note: 

However you choose to organize masks, I hope everyone is staying healthy and positive during this unusual time. I also hope these tips are helpful in a small way!

Here are our picks for the 7 BEST reusable face masks for kids!

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 59

  1. Materof6

    Great post! I’m trying so hard to ward off the “sock gnomes” who may be discontent with socks and invade the new mask world! This helps!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes lol I know exactly what you mean! 😀

  2. Sarah

    Super cute ideas! I just wanted to let someone know in case they hadn’t seen it… that there was a recent study done that showed neck gaiters are not effective in stopping transmissions, and may actually be worse than no face covering at all. Stay safe out there!

    Link to article:

    Link to study:

    • Amber

      I would imagine that people touching their mask to adjust it all day and then touching every other surface would also be worse than no mask….

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Sarah!

    • Stefanie

      I saw that study and just wanted to add the why part: they stated the gaiter actually broke up larger particles into smaller ones, which hang in the air longer-that is what made it worse than no mask at all.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Thanks Stephanie!

    • Bunny

      Yes I saw this article too Sarah.

      My husband had been wearing a neck gaiter but once he read the article, he said “no more”!

    • PNW

      All the articles I saw talked about the neck gaiter that was tested was made out of fleece so I wonder how other types of material would work.

  3. Maria

    Great post as always, Lina. I was just thinking of where to put a similar vintage rack I have for masks! LOVE your embroidered mask! Where is it from? Also I just saw an article yesterday about the neck gaitors and our school is not allowing students to wear them.
    “The high droplet count could be linked to the neck gaiter’s porous fabric breaking up bigger particles into many little ones that are more likely to hang around in the air longer”

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Maria! Yes, saw that too and we’ve already switched away from those.
      The embroidered ones are handmade in Mexico. They can be found in Mexican goods shops or check the online shop Lolo Mercadito is where I bought mine.

      • Cristine

        Thanks for this- these are gorgeous and I love supporting small merchants.

      • Vintagemidge

        So much love for Mexican culture. Thank you, I’ve been looking for a store like this!

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh good. Yes my grandfather was from Oaxaca and that’s the design mask I am wearing 🥰🇲🇽 I was excited to find them too.

      • Maria

        Thank you!! Getting one for all the ladies in my family!

  4. Casey

    Reused a glass jar and put them all in there. I like having them in a container because it keeps them clean and free of dust or falling on the floor.

  5. Toni R.

    I just boil mine in a pot of water for 3-5 minutes, then hang them by the window to dry!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Toni!

  6. Bethapple

    Great ideas! I have magnetic hooks on the side of the refrigerator by the back door. We each have our own hook and grab a new clean mask as we leave. Glad you are taking this seriously. 😷

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a great idea too on the magnetic hooks! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Evie

    Humm, soon to come, designer labels and monthly auto ship?

    • hip2jen

      Lol! Was thinking the same! Instagram be like: Sporting my Hermes Mask, LV mask etc. 😆

    • tipaye


  8. JD827

    If you can get your hands on it Lysol Laundry Sanitizer kills the bad stuff. It is very valuable if you work in health care, warehouse, retail or live with the elderly or immune compromised.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing!

    • tipaye

      Gotta wonder how we’ve survived with soap and water for this long 😉

    • sona

      Lysol site says it kills 99.9 % bacteria, nothing about viruses.

      • JD827

        The EPA reg number is 777-128. You can easily verify whether a product is rated to kill the corona virus by checking the EPA N list on line. The following is directly from the product label: Kills Influenza A virus (H3N2), Human Corona virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in pre-soak
        I hope that helps.

    • Zara

      Lysol products are full of chemicals and horrible for your lungs and respiratory system!

      • JD827

        I also use CleanWell and Benedict products. Everyone makes decisions for their own families based on their own research and situations. I do think it is worth pointing out that I think you mean synthetic chemicals because literally everything is a chemical. Air, water, food, plants, our human bodies are composed of chemicals and can be broken down by chemical composition. We all do the best we can in our individual lives as we make our individual choices. For me I use a mix of standard Lysol products and botanical products for the next person it is something else.

  9. Hipgrandma

    We’re using the Dollar Tree belt/tie hanger. Love it. Got them for my kids’ families too

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice! Thanks for sharing!

  10. sierra4900

    As soon as we wash our masks they go into individual zip bags that are stored in the car so we always have clean ones on hand. I also purchased lanyards for my children so when they go to lunch at school amd remove their masks they are not putting their masks down on the cafateria table.

    • ToriSC

      Lanyard idea is good for work too. I always have to walk back to my desk after I have forgotten it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh great idea!

  11. B

    i Keep mine individually in sandwich bags and have 2-3 of them in an ipsy bag. I keep extra in my bag in case they get yucky or I forget to grab one. Then I put the dirty in the ziplock sandwich bag.

  12. LeeF

    Normal means it’s going to stay… I hope no one hopes that masks become normal in the long term because that would be very very sad 🙁 hopefully by this time next year no one will be able to find their mask because we don’t use them anymore. That should be what everyone is hoping

    • MommySpendsLess

      Well said!
      These are good tips to make dealing with a temporary problem easier. The Etsy sign is cute but a little much (in my opinion) unless the wording is easy to change out or the buyers have more disposable income than I do. 🙂
      I will probably be getting one of the scarf/belt hangers for my daughter now that she’s going back to school in a couple week. I’ve been working from home and we don’t go out much so we haven’t needed a system so far.

    • Wren

      Absolutely right.

  13. Kelly

    I have a similar set up for hanging clean ones on hooks. For dirty masks I put a command hook up in the laundry room and hung a mesh laundry bag from it. Everyone throws their dirty masks in the laundry bag and then I just toss the whole bag in the wash.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great idea to keep them all together! THANKS Kelly.

  14. Tina9222

    I must own 20 or so,I made some and my clients made some they are reversible. It’s important to wash daily.I’m a hairstylist and of course I match them to all my beautiful clothes.My eyes have become my best feature,I really enhance them wildly with colors I wouldn’t play with before,if I must wear them I might as well be fashionable. 💜💗🧡💛💚💙

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I love this! Thanks for sharing Tina <3

    • *Angela-Miles*

      I also 💜 this Tina!! My masks I handmade too and I always match the color with whatever I’m wearing. Like you, I have quite a few lol. I’ve always worn bright eyeshadow alot, so now I have a mask to go along with it 😊💚🧡. Thanks for making this comment, now I know I’m not alone with the matching idea.❣

  15. Kim

    Also – the masks with the valves are a NO GO.

  16. Melissa

    Sorry, face masks are not “normal” people. They may be “required”, but it is not normal for our entire world to be wearing face masks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      This is just an organizing tips post meant to be helpful. Thanks.

    • stph095

      Agree!! I own 0 !!

      • nitty

        Yay!! I am not the only one with 0 masks!!

      • nitty

        I agree too!! Silliness and madness!

    • Zara

      Thank you! People just need to wash their hands and take shoes off before entering their house! Masks are useless! Makes me wanna throw up when I see people using public restrooms and NOT wash their hands, but wait they have masks on!

    • Gigi

      It is when there is a pandemic

  17. stph095

    Still not wearing masks!! I’m surprised so many people are still buying into this!

    • tiegan


    • Angie

      I agree!

    • Zara

      Masks are useless! What a coincidence that in WA they pretty much forced old experienced Doctors to retire 🙁 in the last few years.

  18. Casey

    Where are those embroidered mask from the white and the teal with flowers??? I love them!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Lina got them from here.

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