Whether you practice hot yoga, or stream a vinyasa class at home, your yoga mat will get dirty and start to smell.
Yoga mats look pretty hard, but they are actually made of materials that can deteriorate quickly when they are cleaned incorrectly or with hidden products. To make your yoga mat last long, while still keeping the fresh and [bacteria free] follow these simple steps.
But first! Because yoga mats are made of many different materials, it is always best to look for cleaning instructions from the company that made your rug. If they are not available, continue with the tips below.
How to Know When to Wash Your Yoga Mat
Through many downward dogs and vinyas flows, your yoga mat can accumulate sweat, lint, skin oil and other debris. They also get the funky smell thanks to bacteria from your skin and sweat.
When your yoga mat accumulates dirt, dirt or bad odor, it's time to clean it. Depending on how often you exercise, you will reach that point a few weeks or monthly.
It is important to note that yoga mats should be sticky. It gives the grip you need to keep your position in slippery positions – down the dog can feel impossible to hold on a smooth mat. Clean, be careful not to scrub so hard that you eliminate the sticky surface.
Hand wash properly
To wash your food, mix two cups of warm water with two drops of mild soap soap in a bucket. Dip a cleaning cloth into the mixture and wipe down both sides of the carpet to get rid of dirt or stains. Do not use scrubbers, as they can carry the material down.
Then rinse the mat with warm water and pour it up to dry. Be sure to hang it in an area that is not in the sun. Sunshine can also damage the material.
When the yoga mat is dry, spray it with a clean-up spray specially designed for yoga mats. Some spray options include Luna Cleansing Spray and Aurorae Yoga Mat Wash Cleaner. Be sure to read the label carefully before applying the spray to your carpet.
You may need to let the spray air dry or suck into the mat for a few minutes to kill all bacteria.
Or give it a spin
If hand washing sounds like a lot of trouble, you might be able to throw your yoga mat in the washing machine with a mild detergent like Woolite or Dreft. Make sure you put it on soft or hand wash with warm water.
When the washing machine is ready, allow the mat to air dry and then spray with the decontamination spray. Again, consult all available cleaning instructions from your yoga mat manufacturer before proceeding, as the tray may damage it – especially if you have a top loading machine. The stirrer can nod or tear the carpet while it is being washed.
What to do when you are not deep cleaning
Since you only need to deeply clean your carpet a few times a month, you need to do a little intermediate heating on other days.
After each use, spray your mat with food cleaning spray after each exercise. This will prevent the carpet from smelling like sweat and prevent the spread of the bacteria from being picked up from the yoga study.