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.
You can easily make your own homemade solution using cold water and white vinegar – vinegar is known for its antibacterial properties. Aim to use around equal parts of each. Although the smell of the vinegar isn’t very pleasant, it will fade. However, if you’d like to create a more aromatic homemade cleaner, try adding a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, which helps to mask the scent of the vinegar. Pop this solution into a clean spray bottle and keep it handy. Each time you arrive home from the yoga studio, pull your yoga mat out of your gym bag, lay it flat, and give it a good spray all over with the cleaning solution. Turn the mat over and repeat so that all areas have been sprayed with the water and vinegar. Allow to dry naturally by hanging on the washing line. The smell will fade once the mat is completely dry.