In gyms and yoga shalas, all kinds of fitness equipment are cleaned regularly, but at home they can often be left off our regular cleaning list.
Keeping yoga mats germ-free is a fairly easy task if you do it regularly. If you can't remember the last time you gave your favorite yoga mat a good cleaning, we've put together this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.
If you use a store-bought yoga mat cleaner, make sure it is formulated for your yoga mat material and follow the instructions on the label. If, on the other hand, you prefer to use a homemade cleaner, follow the steps below to achieve a germ- and odor-free mat.
How to clean a yoga mat
What you need:
- Mild dish soap
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber cloth
In a spray bottle, mix a few drops of mild dish soap and two cups of warm water.
Lightly spray the solution on the mat and wipe the surface with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
Dip a second clean cloth in clean water and wring it out thoroughly. Wipe the yoga mat with the damp cloth to remove any remaining dish soap residue on the surface of the mat
Turn the yoga mat over and repeat the process on the other side
Lay the yoga mat flat or hang it on a sturdy pole to dry completely before rolling it up for storage.
How often should a yoga mat be cleaned?
It depends on how often the yoga mat is used and the intensity of the sessions. A good rule of thumb is to clean the yoga mat once a week, or more frequently if you notice visible odors or stains.
Can a yoga mat be cleaned in a washing machine?
Some yoga mats can be machine washed with a gentle cycle and a small amount of mild detergent, but we recommend using this method only if it is absolutely necessary and if the manufacturer explicitly states so.
As for cleaning products to avoid, you should not use detergents that contain bleach or other harsh solvents to clean your yoga mat. These products can cause yoga mats to wear out faster over time and leave an odor on the material that is often difficult to remove. We found several yoga mat reviews online that mentioned difficulty removing the odor after using bleach-scented wipes to clean their mats. Always consider carefully the product you use to clean your yoga mat, considering the physical contact you have with your yoga mat during your yoga practice.
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