Time for a Thorough Clean of Your Yoga Mat
While the above method is very beneficial, you can’t put off washing your yoga mat forever. Every so often, it’s a good idea to really give a thorough clean to remove any bacteria, oils, dirt, and germs that have built up over time. After all, it's not just sweating that’s the problem – your yoga mat spends most of its time on the floor, picking up all sorts of dirt that are hanging around. Fortunately, it’s very simple to wash your yoga mat.
- First, check the care label on the yoga mat, if there is one – it might be possible for it to be placed in the washing machine. If so, then pop your yoga mat into the washing machine with some of your favourite mild laundry detergents. Set the temperature to a cold setting (30 degrees or cooler) and was using a delicate cycle, ensuring both a rinse and spin cycle are programmed in. Remember, only use the washing machine if you’re sure that your yoga mat is machine-washable.
- Or, you can wash your yoga mat in a tub, using cool water and a small amount of dishwashing liquid or detergent. Let it soak for a few minutes, and then scrub any stains before rinsing thoroughly and then leaving it to dry completely.
- Always allow a yoga mat to dry naturally, either outside on the washing line, inside on a clotheshorse, or even hanging above the bathtub. Some people like to fold their yoga mats inside towels, which can help absorb any excess moisture, but be careful if doing this as it could encourage your yoga mat to dry in a curved manner. If possible, always dry flat.
Yoga sessions are a time of peaceful serenity, but how peaceful can you really be if you’ve got the smell of old sweat lingering in your nostrils? And don’t forget that it’s not just you who are affected by the smell of your yoga mat – it’s your yoga mats, too. To help enhance everyone’s yoga experience, take just a few minutes after each session to spray down your yoga mat and remove the dirt and oils while they’re still fresh, and don’t forget to give a thorough clean every once in a while too – it takes no time at all, but can make a huge difference.