If you smell something strange when you are in a child’s pose, then it could be your yoga mat that smells. It really is true. Using your mat on a regular basis combined with body oil, dirt, dust, sweat and other types of debris can really add up, and leave your mat with an odor that most likely you will want to avoid. You are, after all, standing in your bare feet on it.
Don’t worry. There are even solutions that are available for those of us who are lazy or very busy. Depending on the style of yoga that you do, you might not have to clean your mat following each session. However, you should try cleaning it once per week at least. Cleaning the mat on a regular basis will help to keep odors under control and prolong your mat’s life.
Natural Cleaning Method For Yoga Mats
It is easy to make your own DIY cleaning solution of 50/50 vinegar and water. Add in a couple of drops of your favorite kind of essential oil for easy breathing and an added effect. I like to use lavender and lemon.
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 cup drops of essential oils such as tea tree, mint, lavender, lemon or eucalyptus.
Pour all of your ingredients inside of a spray bottle. Then use your yoga mat cleaner to liberally spray it over the surface of the mat. Allow the cleaner to soak in for a while before you rub it off if your mat is especially dirty.
Use a cotton or microfiber cloth to wipe down your yoga mat. Then flip it over and repeat the process on the other side of the mat.
Let your mat air dry. It should only take around 5 to 10 minutes. Or you can use your dry cotton or microfiber cloth to rub down your mat again if it is taking too long to dry.
If you don’t want to have to make your own cleaning solution, there are ready-made wipes or sprays that you can use. There are several options that are now offered by many consumer brands, retailers and mat manufacturers.
- Jo-Sha Wipes
- Gaiam Mat Wash
- Manduka Mat Renew
Baby wipes might be too soapy to work effectively and over time might dry your mat out.
If you are really short on time, just toss your mat into your washing machine alone without any soap once per month. Then put it into the dry with medium heat or allow it to air dry, but not in the sun. You mat should hold up well.
Cleaning your yoga mat regularly will ensure that your next down dog or child’s pose is pleasant.