Where to buy cloth masks online in Australia in June 2020

If you have contracted COVID-19 or are looking after someone who is ill, here’s where you can find cloth face masks.

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Some sellers will charge prices far above the average, also known as "price gouging". We encourage consumers to be vigilant about unusually high prices, and compare options before making a purchasing decision.

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to equipment shortages, especially when it comes to masks. While the advice for the Australian general public is to hold off on buying masks due to a current shortage for medical workers, those who have contracted COVID-19 and those who are looking after the ill are asked to wear one.

Please check in with the Australian Department of Health for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and here for information on the use of masks in Australia.

If you are having trouble getting a hold of P2 or N95 filtration masks, cloth masks are another option. We've rounded up a list of stores below to help you in your search for a quality mask.

Where to buy cloth masks online for delivery in Australia

  • Note: Some unscrupulous sellers are selling fake masks to try to profit from the current situation. 3M, one of the world's largest manufacturers of masks, offers a tool to check if a product is genuine before you buy.

Australian Face Mask

Offers 100% Australian made filtering face mask available for all sizes and over 500,000 units in stock.

  • Available sizes for kids and adults
  • Free shipping on orders of 4+ masks
  • Big discounts on bulk orders
Go to Australian Face Mask's website

Australian Mask Specialist

Australian Mask Specialist

Shipping from within Australia, Australian Mask Specialist offers cloth masks that can help reduce airborne droplet transmission.

  • Four-ply mask with active carbon filtration
  • Fast dispatch time of 1-2 days
  • Universal size fitting
Go to Australian Mask Specialist's website

Clear Collective floral mask

Clear Collective

Clear Collective stocks reusable masks for both adults and kids in a range of unique colours and styles. It also offers overnight delivery so that you can get your mask sooner.

  • Pre-order available for out of stock styles
  • Australian made masks
  • Kids sizes available
Go to Clear Collective's website

Face mask

GetAMask Australia

With KN95 respirators and disposable masks in stock, GetAMask Australia is the retail arm of Australian owned and operated safety equipment supplier Minerva Safety.

  • 100% Australian owned
  • Overnight delivery available
  • Bulk packs available
Go to GetAMask Australia's website

eBay

While longer delivery times may be the case, eBay lets you filter searches by guaranteed delivery date to make sure you can get your order as soon as possible if you're in a hurry.

  • Free delivery on some items with an eBay Plus membership
  • Products from local and international sellers
  • Easy price comparison
Go to eBay's website

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Amazon

Prime members can rely on Amazon for quick and free shipping. With new items added to the site every day, there's also a higher chance of finding high-demand products, but you'll want to ensure that you're buying from a reputable seller.

  • Free delivery on some items with an Amazon Prime membership
  • Easy price comparison
  • See customer ratings before purchasing
Go to Amazon's website

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Etsy

Global online marketplace Etsy has a range of masks from third-party sellers on offer. As they are handmade, it is important to be mindful of quality when making a purchase.

  • Free delivery on some items
  • Products from local and international sellers available
Go to Etsy's website

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AliExpress

AliExpress is a global marketplace with a wide variety of items available from third-party sellers. Note that some buying options may take several weeks to arrive, depending on the country of origin.

  • First-purchase coupons available
  • Free shipping available on select products
Go to AliExpress's website

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Which of these retailers offer free delivery?

  • AliExpress: Free on select items
  • Amazon: Free on eligible items with an Amazon Prime membership
  • eBay: Free on eligible items with an eBay Plus membership
  • Etsy: Free on select items

Where to bulk buy cloth masks online in Australia

If you're looking to stock up on face masks, check out the retailers letting you buy in bulk:

eBay

Similar to Amazon, eBay's marketplace means that its stock levels are ever changing. If you can't see bulk packs of cloth masks in stock, check back in a few days' time to see if more have been put up for sale.

  • Wide selection available
  • Free delivery on some items with an eBay Plus membership
  • Can sort sellers by estimated delivery date
Go to eBay's website

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Amazon

Amazon stocks products from third-party sellers, meaning that there's a higher chance of bulk cloth masks coming into stock. Be sure to check shipping times before you order, as times may vary.

  • Free delivery on some items with an Amazon Prime membership
  • Wide range available
  • See customer ratings before purchasing
Go to Amazon's website

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Kogan

Kogan still has a variety of masks available in bulk packs, including cloth variations.

  • Fast dispatch available on most products
  • Zip and Afterpay available
  • Kogan First members can get free shipping
Go to Kogan's website

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Catch

Discounts site Catch currently has a range of bulk mask packs on offer at competitive prices. It also offers free shipping on some products for members.

  • Free shipping on eligible items with a Club Catch membership
  • Daily deals
  • Afterpay available
Go to Catch's website

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AliExpress

AliExpress has a wide range of face masks in stock, with both individual and bulk packs available for purchase.

  • First-purchase coupons available
  • Free shipping available on select products
Go to AliExpress's website

View coupon codes for AliExpress


Will a cloth mask protect me?

While a cloth mask won't guarantee the same level of effectiveness as an N95 or KN95 mask with a valve, the cloth is there to prevent moisture from breathing and coughing from travelling too far in the air. They also serve as a good reminder to stop touching your face.

How to make your own face mask

If cloth or N95 masks are hard to find or out of stock online, consider sewing your own. If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, shoelaces, scissors, and a needle and thread, you can make a mask without additional supplies.


How to remove your mask properly

First, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you're ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask, because it could be contaminated. Instead, remove it by pulling the bottom strap over the back of your head, followed by the top strap. Discard the mask and then wash your hands with soap and water.


What's the difference between P2, N95 and KN95 face masks?

The difference lies in the testing requirements for each country of origin. P2 masks adhere to Australian and New Zealand testing standards, KN95 to Chinese requirements and N95 to US guidelines. All offer nearly the same level of protection, with some slight performance differences, as outlined by respirator company 3M.


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