We sweat, we cry, we laugh, we accomplish miracles, and sweat some more. Our yoga mat is our best friend, coming along on all our adventures. But it reaches a point when our yoga mat is, let’s say, a bit smelly. As we wash our yoga pants and other workout clothes, we do have to take care of our yoga mat too. Yes, our favourite workout gear needs to be fresh and clean in order for us to keep smiling while on it and avoid bacteria. But how to wash a yoga mat? It’s pretty simple, follow these easy steps below…
- Wash your mat every couple of months or more if you use it regularly.
- Soak it for a couple of minutes in warm water with a mild detergent (just a little bit) like dishwashing soap, in your bathtub.
- After a few minutes of soaking, gently hand wash your mat with a soft cloth on both sides.
- Rinse it in clean water until the water is clear and free of any soap residue.
- Remove excess water off your mat with a clean towel.
- Hang it to dry outside if the weather permits it or inside. If you have a laundry drying rack, drape your yoga mat over it.
- It is not recommended to put your mat in the washing machine or dryer as it could damage it.
It is important to maintain and clean your yoga mat regularly. The oil and sweat coming from our body can degrade our mat and its quality quickly. Here are a few easy steps to keep your mat in the best conditions:
- Clean your hands and feet before using your mat. This will help reduce the spread of bacteria and also wash off any oil or cream you might have on your skin and that could damage your mat.
- Wipe off your mat after each use. You can spray it with a homemade cleaning solution made of equal parts of water and white vinegar (and a few drops of tea tree oil if you have some). Vinegar and tea tree oil contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Spray your mat with this solution and then wipe it off with a soft cloth or wipes.
- If you sweat a lot during your practice, think about placing a towel on your yoga mat to absorb excess moisture. Yoga towels are the best option as they are super absorbent and have special grips that will keep you from slipping off your mat.
- Air out your mat. Try not to roll your mat straight away after your practice. Instead hang it somewhere so that it has time to breathe and keep smelling fresh.
And there you have it – my tips for a clean and fresh yoga mat! Let me know if you have any other tips to clean your mat, how often you clean it.