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3 Tips for Keeping Your Yoga Mat Clean

Keeping yoga mats clean can be a breeze, not an actual breeze, but pretty easy

You don’t leave your yoga pants unlaundered week after week, right? The same should be true of your yoga mat.  In fact, here are 4 reasons why you should clean your yoga mat regularly:

  1. keeping your yoga mat cleanProlongs the life of your mat
  2. Helps you avoid having to use harsh cleaning methods that break down the mat surface
  3. Makes for a pleasant class experience for everyone because, well, phew!
  4. For your own health–keeps you from re-infecting yourself after a cold or flu bout

Luckily, a yoga mat is easy to clean – which is good, because it’s recommended to do so at least weekly. That changes to daily if you sweat profusely, do yoga outside, or use the mat regularly.

  • Vinegar is your friend.

Keep a 50-50 mix of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle (this is also useful for other household cleaning). You can add a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil if you like. Spray the mat lightly and wipe it down.

Your mat will look, smell, and feel great and you’ll always look forward to the next time you step onto it for your next yoga session.  If you’re concerned about using vinegar, you can also browse other cleaners here.

  • Keep it out of the sun.

It’s a good idea to leave your yoga mat out to air dry after you’ve wiped off the vinegar spray, just don’t leave it out in direct sunlight. The sun could permanently dry the mat out. If you don’t allow your mat to fully dry after washing, it can lead to bacterial growth and the formation of mold and mildew. Fun. You can hang the mat over your shower curtain rod or towel rod in the bathroom for easy drying.  Clothes drying racks that fold and store also work well for drying mats.

  • Deep clean with a trip in the washing machine or bathtub.

Opinions vary on whether a yoga mat will survive the washing machine, so check your mat for the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning methods first.