How To Clean A Yoga Mat
No matter how often you use your yoga mat, it will get dirty, sweaty and possibly stinky with use. At the very least, this is not conducive to a pleasant yoga experience! Skin and product oils, sweat, and dirt can penetrate the surface of the mat and can expedite deterioration of it. These elements can also make it difficult to practice yoga on your mat because they may make you slide. By washing your mat regularly and keeping up with daily maintenance, you can extend the life of your yoga mat and continue to enjoy a clean and slip-free practice.
Soap & Water
There are a couple of good options to remove dirt and sanitize your mat. The most basic way to clean your mat is with diluted dish soap and water. Create a solution made with two cups of water to every four drops of dish soap. Be careful not to use too much soap! Doing so can leave a slippery residue on your mat, making future yoga practices dangerous.
Use a damp sponge or rag to scrub the soiled areas. Don’t use steel wool or any other type of coarse scrubber, as these can damage your mat. Rinse the mat thoroughly with clean, hot water. If your mat is deeply soiled, submerge it entirely in a solution of warm water and dish soap or mild detergent (like Woolite).
Some yoga mats are machine washable. Be sure to check with the manufacturer’s website before tossing your mat in the machine. Many eco-friendly mats are meant to only be hand-washed, and can get damaged or destroyed by the tumble cycle.
If you’re using a washing machine, use a very small amount of gentle detergent (like Woolite). Choose the gentle cycle with cool water. Wash your mat separately from clothing and do not use the spin cycle.
To dry your mat, roll it up and squeeze out any excess water. Rub it dry with a terry cloth towel and then hang it to air dry. If your mat is very absorbent, lay it open on a dry towel. Roll the mat and towel together. You can step on the mat to squeeze out even more water. Then unroll the mat and hang it up to dry. It will usually dry overnight, but may take longer in humid weather. Do not put your mat in the tumble dryer or place it on a radiator or space heater.