If you’ve been doing yoga for a while then you probably have noticed that your mat attracts dirt like a puppy in rainy weather. So how to clean a yoga mat that lived through one too many practice with a proper wipe-down? In this article I will show you how to clean your yoga mat without damaging it.
First Things First: What NOT to Do When Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
- Don’t use harsh soaps and detergents or alcohol based cleaning solutions
- Don’t use oils
- When wiping your mat, be careful not to use a rough cloth or sponge
- Do not use a dryer to dry your mat. Hang it to dry.
- Don’t hang your yoga mat in the sun to dry. This could damage your mat.
How Often Should You Clean Your Yoga Mat?
Ideally you should clean your mat at least every week by wiping it down with a spray cleaner.
Once a month you can also throw it in the washing machine to give it a good wash. Keep in mind to use a gentle setting and a very mild detergent. Some people don’t recommend washing yoga mats in the washing machine at all and some yoga mats simply are not machine washable. So make sure to check your mat’s manufacturing labels or website before taking this step. Alternatively you can also soak your mat in the bath tub.
The Best Way to Clean a Yoga Mat
The best way to make sure your yoga mat stays fresh and clean is to regularly use a yoga mat spray. This way you make sure you don’t collect an abundance of dust, dirt and sweat in your mat in first place. You can easily make your own gentle and all natural homemade yoga mat cleaner recipes (these are my two favorite recipes) with just a few simple ingredients.
The process of cleaning your yoga mat is super easy –
Step 1: Spray it
Spray your mat with a gentle cleaner (don’t forget to shake first!). Don’t overdo this step. A thin layer will do just fine.
Step 2: Wipe clean
Use a soft warm and damp towel and gently wipe down your mat.
Step 3: Dry it
Take a soft dry cloth to dry the surface of your yoga mat or simply hang to air dry. Keep in mind not to hang it in direct sunlight.
That’s it! I promised it would be easy 🙂
A Few More Things You Can Do
- Consider buying a yoga towel. These dry quickly, are extra absorbent and easy to wash, and fit on top of your yoga mat.
- Don’t always roll up your yoga mat after practice to keep it odor-free. Hang it or keep it laid out for a while.
How do you clean your yoga mat? Let me know in the comment section below!