Whether you're practicing hot yoga or a vinyasa class at home, your yoga mat will eventually get dirty and start to smell.
Although yoga mats look rather tough, they are made of materials that can easily deteriorate if cleaned incorrectly or with the wrong products. Follow these simple steps to keep your yoga mat durable for a long time while still keeping it fresh and
But first! Since yoga mats are made from many different materials, it is always best to seek the cleaning instructions of the company that made your mat. If these are not available, continue with the following tips.
How to Know When to Wash Your Yoga Mat
Through many downhill dogs and Vinyasa Rivers, your yoga mat can accumulate sweat, lint, cutaneous oil, and other debris. They also get that funky smell of bacteria from the skin and sweat.
When your yoga mat has accumulated dirt, grime or a bad smell, it's time to clean it. Depending on how often you practice, you reach this point every few weeks or every month.
It is important to know that yoga mats should be sticky. This gives you the grip you need to keep your position in slippery poses – a downed dog can feel impossible on a smooth mat. When cleaning, be careful not to scrub so hard that you remove the sticky surface.
For proper hand washing
For hand washing your mat, mix a bucket with two cups of warm water with two drops of mild detergent. Dip a cleaning cloth in the mixture and wipe both sides of the mat to remove dirt or stains. Do not use brush brushes, as they may wear the material.
Rinse the mat with warm water and hang to dry. Make sure you hang it in a place that is not in the sun. Sunlight can also damage the material.
When the yoga mat is dry, spray it with a disinfectant spray designed specifically for yoga mats. Some spray options include Luna Cleansing Spray and Aurorae Yoga Mat Wash Cleaner. Read the label carefully before applying the spray to your mat.
You may need to let the spray dry in the air or soak in the mat for a few minutes to kill all the bacteria.
Or Make a Turn
If washing your hands sounds like a lot of work, you may want to throw your yoga mat into the washing machine with a mild detergent such as Woolite or Dreft. Make sure you place it in the gentle cycle or the hand wash with warm water.
When the washing machine is ready, allow the mat to air dry and then spray with the disinfectant spray. Please refer to the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations on your yoga mat before proceeding as the washing machine may be damaged – especially if you have a Toploader machine. The agitator can cut or tear the mat during washing.
What you need to do if you do not clean deeply
Since you should clean your mat thoroughly only a few times a month, you will need to do a little intermediate cleaning on the other days.
After each use, spray your mat with a disinfectant spray after each workout. This prevents the mat from smelling of sweat and prevents the germs absorbed by the yoga studio floor from spreading.