There is nothing worse than rolling out your full of smelly and dirty yoga mat before exercise and noticing a layer of dirt or sweaty hands. But this is symptomatic for the best of us because it’s usually just an afterthought to keep a clean yoga mat.
Yoga mats absorb all the sweat, grease, and dirt it comes into contact with, which means it will quickly get dirty, smelly and even contain bacteria. To keep all of these things out of the mat, it’s important to establish a consistent cleaning procedure.
Why Do We Need to Clean the Mat?
Regular yoga can help keep your body and mind strong. There is also preliminary evidence that continuous, long-term exercise can strengthen the immune system by affecting inflammatory markers in the circulation. However, a yoga mat may also contain bacteria, which may interfere with these benefits.
Although many bacteria are harmless, researchers have also found pathogenic or disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella and staphylococcus. These microorganisms can live on surfaces and then spread to the human body by touching hands or other parts of the body.
Although these results appear horrific, experts point out that due to the lack of reports of related diseases, it is difficult to assess the risks of touching the surface. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, researchers have also discovered that personal hygiene plays an important role.
The CDC explains the difference between the two major programs.
Cleaning is the first step in the disinfection process, removing organic matter, salt and visible dirt. If the surface is not clean, the disinfection effect will be weak. Cleaning is done by rubbing with detergent, surfactant, and rinsing with water.
Most pathogens and other microorganisms are physically or chemically destroyed through disinfection.
Not only will cleaning and disinfection reduce your exposure to bacteria, it will also make you feel better, and it is also not susceptible to the fungi that can cause athlete’s foot.
How to Clean a Yoga Mat Well?
If the mat is dirty or smelly, more attention is needed. However, before using something harder than a mild cleaning solution, please read the recommendations for cleaning the mat on the website.
Some mats can be washed in cold water and mild soap, while others can be machine washed on a gentle cold cycle. Make sure to rinse well, then let the yoga mat dry and try not to dry in the dryer. If the mat cannot be soaked, wipe it with a fine mixture of white vinegar. Rinse it with a damp cloth and let it dry.
1. Cleaning Products
To fully and properly clean your yoga mat, you must meet the following conditions:
- Laundry Detergent
- Mild dish soap
2. Cleansing Solution:
There are many yoga mat cleaners on the market, which can be purchased at most yoga studios or online. With just a few ingredients, you can prepare the solution to clean the yoga mat at home.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the spray bottle. Fill it with cold water. I would also like to add a few drops of tea tree oil (4-5), but this is optional. Place the cap back on the spray bottle and shake until combined.
In your solution, white vinegar can act as an anti-bacterial agent and the water will dilute its strength to prevent damage to the yoga mat and reduce the strong vinegar smell. As mentioned earlier, I also prefer to add tea tree oil, which is said to have anti-fungal properties, and add a refreshing fragrance to the spray. The lavender essential oil can replace tea tree oil – it smells good and has anti-bacterial properties, but it doesn’t have anti-fungal properties.
3. Usage of Simple Spray Bottle:
This cleaning technique is portable and fast, so it is best to use it right after yoga. After use, it can remove sweat and bacteria to help keep your yoga mat clean.
Generously spray the cleaning solution you just created on your yoga mat. Wipe the mat with a towel. If necessary, spray and wipe again. Allow the mat to dry completely before wrapping it.
4. Use Mild Dish Soap:
Sometimes your mat needs not only vinegar spray, but it also needs a more thorough cleaning. Put a drop of mild detergent into the sponge and dampen it with warm water. Use the softer side of the sponge to scrub the mat to avoid damaging the surface of the mat. After you wash the mat with foam well, wipe it down with a towel or damp paper towel. Let it dry.
5. Wash in a Washing Machine:
This technique is best for cleaning hemp or cotton yoga mats, but it can also be used to clean plastic or rubber mats. Use the front wheel loader to put the yoga mat into the washing machine. Soak the device and add a mild detergent. Wash gently. If you are concerned about the mat abrasion during the entire washing process, you can also make it soft.
You need to let the yoga mat air dry and hang up, as the clothes dryer is usually very hot and may damage the yoga mat.
Some Tips to Clean the Yoga Mat:
- Avoid direct sunlight. It will fade and become brittle.
- Do not use corrosive detergents and solvents.
- Do not use products that contain essential oils with elastic mats.
- Before rolling the rug, allow it to dry completely.
- Before use, do not apply skin cream or oil to the mat, as it will transfer the mat and cause stains.
- Sprinkle baking soda to remove odours and absorb grease from the yoga mat. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes, then wipe off the excess with the brush.