Where to buy bandanas and kerchiefs online in Australia
If you’re looking for a temporary face covering, these retailers stock a variety of bandanas and kerchiefs which can be turned into a mask alternative.
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Government recommendations for mask use in Australia have made it difficult for many to get their hands on a protective face mask quickly.
If you need to cover up in a hurry, bandanas and kerchiefs are an affordable alternative to traditional masks, but keep in mind that they offer far less protection from droplet particles and should only be used as a temporary measure.
- Important note: New Victorian government rulings state that bandanas and alternate face covering options are no longer acceptable protection. From mid-October, Victorians without a fitted face mask will risk getting a fine of $200.
Stocking millions of items from both local and international sellers, you’ll find plenty of masks, bandanas and kerchiefs on offer at Amazon.
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In addition to supplying fashionable face masks for men and women, streetwear store Culture Kings is also now stocking fabric face shields, neckerchiefs and bandana snoods.
- Free shipping on orders over $100
- Express shipping available
- Afterpay available
Jewellery and accessories retailer Lovisa has jumped on the face covering trend and is now offering a range of trendy bandanas and face masks in both adults and kids sizes.
- Free shipping on orders over $60
- Express shipping available
- Click and collect available
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- ASOS: Free shipping on orders over $100
- Etsy: Free delivery on some items
- Kogan: Free delivery on eligible items
eBay: Free delivery on millions of eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
Amazon: Free delivery on millions of eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
- Catch: Free shipping on orders over $45
- Culture Kings: Free shipping on orders over $100
Will a bandana or kerchief help to protect me from COVID-19?
While a bandana or kerchief will not afford you the same level of protection as a proper face mask, they are still better than not wearing a face covering at all.
To make your bandana or kerchief as protective as possible, ensure that it properly covers your nose and mouth with no gaps on the side. You should wash or sanitise your hands before and after wearing your mask alternative and should also avoid touching it while wearing it.
Be mindful that bandanas and other similar face coverings should only be used as a temporary cover up option. A recent study by researchers at Duke University in the US found that neck fleeces, bandanas and knitted face coverings offer little to no protection when it comes to stopping the spread of particles and recommends investing in either a 3-layer cotton mask or surgical face mask.
Face coverings should also be worn in addition to washing your hands, staying home and keeping 1.5 metres away from other people when you're in a public place.
How to turn your bandana or kerchief into a face covering
To turn your bandana or kerchief into a face mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends folding it in half and then folding both the top and bottom in half again. Rubber bands or hair ties can then be placed around six inches apart to be used as earloops. To see the full tutorial, see the CDC website.
When turning your bandana into a face mask it is important that it fully covers your nose and mouth, allows you to breathe without restriction and fits snugly against your face. You may also want to consider adding a mask filter as the bandana on its own will afford you limited protection from particle droplets.
What are some other alternatives to face masks?
Along with bandanas and kerchiefs, there are some other alternatives to buying a face mask. Protective face shields are a great option for covering your eyes as well as your nose and mouth and can be found in both adults and kids sizes.
You can also choose to make your own face mask at home using materials such as fabric, T-shirts and socks. If you are making your own mask, it is recommended that you make it with three layers of fabric.
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