Your yoga mat is like your yoga partner. It’s where you balance, bend, and sweat. This means it can also get covered in dirt, oil, sweat, and even collect dust during storage. And over time, you can expect it to smell.
As much as you would want to use a clean mat every time you have your yoga session, we simply don’t clean it as frequently as we bathe ourselves or as we wash our yoga clothes. But you’ll be glad to know that it’s easy to clean your yoga mat. You just have to make time for it, just like you would make time for your yoga sessions.
Here are a few tips on how to clean your yoga mat.
Clean Your Yoga Mat Regularly
As much as possible, clean your mat at least once a week. It may not necessarily be right after you use it but schedule it within the week. It’s not only a good practice but it also helps extend the life of your yoga mat.
Use Natural Cleaning Solutions
When cleaning your mat, use cleaners that are water-based, organic, and all-purpose. Stay away from harsh cleaners as these contain chemicals that can damage your mat. You can mix a solution of ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup water along with a few drops of essential oils. The vinegar and water solution serves as a natural disinfectant that will clean your mat and not irritate your skin.
Minimize The Use Of Soap
The vinegar and water solution is already good enough for cleaning your mat. But if you want deep cleaning, you can immerse your mat in a small amount of water for only a few minutes and use only a very small amount of soap. You can also opt to skip the soap and just add a few splashes of vinegar to the water. Just make sure that you only immerse the mat for a minute or two as taking longer can soak the mat and you wouldn’t want that. There are those that say it’s okay to throw your mat in the washing machine while there are also those that say don’t as it may not be able to withstand the machine’s movements. It would be best to check with the mat’s manufacturer but in the end, the decision will be up to you.
Once you’re done cleaning your mat, allow it to air dry. Don’t let it bathe in the sun as this can dry out your mat and lead to crumbling and cracking. Expect that the mat will take several hours before it will be completely dry. This usually depends on how thick your yoga mat is. So just let it hang and it will be dry in no time.
If you want a quick solution, you can just invest in mat wipes and use these to clean your mat. They come in singular packages and have essential oils that are safe to be used on mats. They are also available in sprays if you feel like spritzing instead of wiping.
Whether you choose to clean your mat using a natural solution or using mat wipes, the important thing is that you’re cleaning your mat. So go ahead and sweat it out but make sure that you give your yoga mat the cleaning that it deserves.