How to keep your yoga mat clean

Posted in Fitness by quadriceps on July 20, 2010
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Yoga mats: keep them clean and they last longer. Plus, it’s nicer to use a clean mat.

When it needs washing

As with most things, clean it with soap and water.

Use warm water, dishwashing liquid, and a soft brush (or a lint-free rag). To avoid making a mess, do this in the bathtub or shower (it’s easier than washing a dog!). Hang it to dry, but keep it out of the sun. Never, ever put it in the clothes dryer.

Need some extra oomph to clean your yoga mat?

You might try this:

Mix some white vinegar and warm water and use it to wipe off your mat.

If you’re the sort who doesn’t care about keeping it all-natural, feel free to substitute a bit of bleach in warm water, instead of vinegar.

Lemony freshness

When your yoga mat starts to take on an unpleasant odor, make sure to clean it. But if you clean it and it still smells, try this:

Mix a bit of lemon juice with water in a spray bottle. Use this lemon water as a handy yoga-mat deodorant. Some people really enjoy this, others can’t be bothered.

Don’t be part of the problem

Always wash your hands and feet with soap and water before using your yoga mat.

There’s no sense in introducing oil and dirt to the mat if you can avoid it with a quick, 30-second wash up.

Stay clean

Don’t use oils or creams before yoga practice. If it’s on you, it’ll eventually end up on your yoga mat. And you don’t want that.

Of course, always make sure you don’t have anything like that on your hands and feet during yoga.

Don’t sweat it

Keep the yoga mat free of perspiration during yoga practice. Wipe it down liberally with a cotton towel during your yoga sessions.

Keep dry

If you’re really perspiring, you can look into using a rosin bag. This increases the friction between your feet (or hands) and the mat. Increased friction means less slipping.

Looking for a new yoga mat? Check out exercise mats for an overview of all the styles of mat available, and why you’ll benefit from getting the sort of mat that suits your own personal style.


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