Your yoga mat is more than just your yoga partner. It protects when you perform the toughest of poses and drench with sweat while doing hot yoga. You can stand, lie down on it etc. without losing your balance. For all that your mat gives to you all you need to do is clean it right. If you don’t have a yoga mat yet, make sure you read all the yoga mat reviews you can before making the buying decision.
Just spraying it with loads of water every 2-3 months won’t clean it. For better durability and stickiness, you’ve got to do it right. So here are 3 awesome and easy ways to do it.
1. The one-minute cleanup
Well, who doesn’t like to get something as tedious as cleaning get done within a minute, right? For this quick fix to your dirty mat problems, you’ll need to spend a few extra bucks on specific yoga mat cleaners.
While a few sprays are available on online stores etc. these cleaners are mostly available in the form of wipes. Once you wipe it down, drying should take about 4-5 minutes. Avoid using baby or body wipes as chemicals used in these wipes are slightly different and can ruin the material.
2. Use natural cleaners
No, you cannot use your bathroom cleaner or kitchen sprays to wipe clean your yoga mat as these can ruin the mat’s material due to their abrasive nature and if absorbed by the mat, can also cause skin rashes and allergies. Also, the chemical smell can make it harder to breathe while practicing.
For cleaning these mats natural cleaners are perfect as they are softer. You can use essential oils for a good clean as well as refreshing odor. Apart from that, citrus juices and vinegar other recommended cleaners.
Spray it all around the mat and gently wipe it around using a cotton cloth. If the vinegar’s smell is too strong or you generally hate it, I’d suggest lemon juice as an alternative.
3. A deeper clean
If the above mentioned quick fixes aren’t enough to get rid of the foul odor or stains, it’s time to dig deeper and give it a thorough clean. Fill up a bucket of water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils along with a dash of vinegar or some lime juice.
Now, with your hand just give it a good rub to get rid of any leftover stains or dirt. Once done, take it out and let it dry. Do not hang it in direct contact with the sun as the material may crack or tear due to excessive drying. Thicker mats usually take longer to dry whereas a thin mat should dry in an hour.