how do I clean my yoga mat

One of the most important things you can learn to help enhance your yoga experience is how to clean yoga mats regularly. You can use a homemade solution or a commercial cleaning product – depending on the type of yoga mat you have, dishwashing liquid may be able to help clean stains and smells. Remember – always read the directions on the label of your yoga mat first, as some materials may have specific cleaning requirements. Also make sure you read the directions on the label of your chosen cleaning product, and test any product on a small area first. If you clean your yoga mat after each use, this way it will stay fresher for longer. This way, you should be able to extend the length of time between each thorough, intense clean.

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 sweat that’s the problem – your yoga mat spends most of its time on the floor, picking up all sorts of dirt that’s hanging around. Fortunately, it’s very simple to wash your yoga mat.

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How to keep your yoga mat clean and fresh

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’s affected by the smell of your yoga mat – it’s your yoga mates, 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.

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How to take care of your yoga mat

If you find yourself in child’s pose and smell something funky, it might be your yoga mat. Yes, it’s true. Regular use combined with sweat, dust, dirt, body oil, and other debris can really pile up, leaving an odor on your mat that you would probably like to avoid. After all, you are standing on it with your bare feet.

Never fear. There are solutions available for the most busy or lazy among us. Depending on what style of yoga you practice, you may not need to clean your mat after every session, but you should try to clean it once a week. Regular cleaning will keep odors at bay and prolong the life of your mat.

DO clean your mat at least weekly.

DO whip up a natural solution.

DO buy yoga mat wipes if you’re lazy or busy.

DON’T use tons of soap.

DON’T worry about tossing your mat in the washing machine.

DON’T let your mat sunbathe.

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Best Cleaner to Disinfect Your Yoga Mat Naturally

If you have a mat made from natural tree rubber, using a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar is a great way to naturally disinfect and restore the rubber’s texture and color. Tea tree oil, and essential oils, like lavender or thyme can make nice additions, but you should check with the manufacturer of your mat to make sure the mat can tolerate these. Continue reading Best Cleaner to Disinfect Your Yoga Mat Naturally

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Make Your Own Yoga Mat Spray Wash at Home

If you have a habit (like most of us) of rolling your yoga mat up after use, popping it into your gym bag, and forgetting about it until your next session, then before long you’re going to notice something rather unpleasant – the smell. We tend to pack our yoga mat away without realising exactly how dirty it really is. It’s only once the bacteria has multiplied within the dark, damp conditions of the gym bag that we really discover just how bad it is. Continue reading Make Your Own Yoga Mat Spray Wash at Home

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There are many different options for caring for your yoga mat. Deciding on how to care for your mat depends on your preferences and what type of yoga mat you own. Make sure you check with your yoga mat supplier to see if they recommend care specific to their product. If you purchase a new yoga mat, you’ll want to clean your yoga mat to get the desired sticky quality before you start using it.

Who needs a clean yoga mat? You’re a true yogi down to the core, and you like your yoga practice, raw, natural, and earthy. You don’t mind your own sweaty mat because it defines your hard-earned practice.

Technology is keeping up with the new demand for mats and makers are experimenting with different materials to craft the perfect mat. Depending on the type of material used to make yours, you’ll want to use specific cleaner.

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How to Clean a Yoga Mat Perfectly

Rub the soiled areas. Wipe the mat with clean water; then rub with a dry terry cloth towel. Hang to air dry. If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent; use very little soap as any residue may cause the mat to become slippery during future use.

Seriously, it’s easy: just mix water, witch hazel, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils to make this potent yoga mat cleaner. Continue reading How to Clean a Yoga Mat Perfectly?

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