Depending on what gym you go to, you may have to wipe down your own equipment after you use it. And you certainly make sure to clean your gym clothes after you work up a sweat in them, too.
But how often do you clean your other workout equipment? Specifically, when was the last time you cleaned your yoga mat?
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HOW TO CLEAN A YOGA MAT (QUICKLY)
The easiest way to quickly clean your yoga mat is by using plain old dish soap and water. Make a simple solution of two cups of water and about four drops of dish soap.
Be sure that you keep the amount of soap to a minimum. Too much soap can damage your mat and also make its surface slippery, which can be dangerous.
Take a lightly damp cloth or sponge and rub down the mat with your dish soap solution. If you notice any visible soiled spots, use a little elbow grease to rub them out. Do not use anything that is overly abrasive such as steel wool, as this can scratch your mat permanently.
After you’ve washed down your mat, rinse it off with clean, hot water. Let it air dry and then you’re ready for your next downward dog!
HOW TO SANITIZE A YOGA MAT
You can make your own sanitizing solution at home for your yoga mat. An easy way to do this is by using essential oils proven to have antibacterial or antifungal properties.
Tea tree oil is a known antifungal, while lavender is both antibacterial and antifungal. Baking soda can be added to help with stinky smells!
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First, get a spray bottle filled with water. Next, add up to two drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water. If you are adding baking soda to combat odor, you can add a teaspoon to your solution.
Shake the bottle well to make sure that everything is completely mixed together. You can then spray a light wash over your yoga mat. Lightly wipe away your essential oil solution with a damp towel (use hot water). Let air dry before you roll it up, and you’re ready to go!
It’s important to be courteous of others when you use your essential oil spray, as it may be irritating to others with allergies or sensitivities. Only spray your yoga mat when you are home or away from others.
HOW TO CLEAN A YOGA MAT IN THE WASHING MACHINE
Yes, you read that right! You can actually use your washing machine to clean some yoga mats! Talk about easy! Before you throw your mat in to the next laundry day rotation, be sure to check the manufacturer label to see if it is hand-wash only.
If you find that your particular mat is washing machine friendly, here are some tips. First, use a very small amount of laundry detergent in your cycle. Also, you’ll need to use a very gentle detergent. Wash on the gentle cycle and make sure your water temp is set to cool or cold.
You’ll also want to make sure that the mat is the only thing that you are washing in the machine. Do not mix with other clothing or other items, and turn your spin cycle off. To dry it, squeeze out any excess water and dry it off with a thick towel to absorb any left over water. Let your mat air dry before you roll it up, too!