A Complete Guide on How to Clean a Yoga Mat

Yoga is a popular form of physical exercise that offers numerous benefits for both the mind and body. To ensure a safe and hygienic yoga practice, it's essential to regularly clean your yoga mat. A dirty or germ-infested mat can not only affect your performance but also put you at risk for infections. So, knowing how to properly clean your yoga mat is crucial for maintaining a healthy yoga practice. 

In this guide, we will provide you with all the necessary steps to effectively clean your mat and keep it in top condition and if you still need help book one of our cleaners to help you.

What You Need to Clean a Yoga Mat

To get started, gather the following materials:

  • Mild soap/detergent, or
  • White vinegar, or
  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Towel or cloth

How to Clean a Yoga Mat in the Washing Machine

Cleaning your yoga mat is an important part of your yoga practice. Not only does it keep your mat looking and feeling fresh, but it also helps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. But how do you clean a yoga mat in the washing machine?

The best way to clean a yoga mat in the washing machine is to use a gentle detergent and cold water. Make sure to use a gentle cycle and avoid using fabric softener or bleach.

Once you've put your yoga mat through the washing machine, you should make sure your yoga mat is completely dry before using it again.  The best way to do this is by hanging up your yoga mat or laying it flat on a towel in a well-ventilated area - Do not put it in the dryer as this can damage the material.

 Making sure your mat properly dries will help prevent mould or bacteria from growing on your mat. We’ll cover how to dry a yoga mat quickly in one the sections below.

How to Clean a Yoga Mat with Baking Soda

One of the best ways to wash your mat is with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural, non-toxic cleaner that is more gentle on your mat and won’t damage it.

To clean your yoga mat with baking soda: 

  1. Mix one part baking soda with two parts water in a spray bottle
  2. Spray the mixture onto your mat and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  3. Use a clean towel or cloth to gently scrub the mat
  4. Rinse the mat thoroughly with warm water
  5. Hang up your yoga mat or lay it flat on a towel

How to Clean a Yoga Mat in the Bathtub

Another effective way to clean your yoga mat is to use the bathtub.

Here's how to do it: 

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water and a small amount of gentle soap or cleanser
  2. Submerge your yoga mat in the soap and water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes
  3. Use a clean towel or soft cloth to scrub any dirty spots on the mat
  4. Drain the tub and rinse the mat thoroughly with clean water
  5. Hang up your yoga mat or lay it flat on a towel to dry

How to Clean a Yoga Mat Naturally

If you prefer to use natural and non-toxic cleaning methods, here are some eco-friendly ways to clean your yoga mat:

  • Lemon juice and water: Mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your mat, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it down with a clean cloth.
  • Tea tree oil and water: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your mat, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
  • Vinegar and essential oils: Dilute white vinegar with a cup of water and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Spray onto your mat, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. This mixture will not only clean your mat but also leave it smelling fresh and fragrant.

How to Clean a Yoga Mat with Vinegar

If you’re looking for a natural and effective way restore your mat, cleaning with vinegar is the answer. Vinegar is a great way to clean your yoga mat without the use of harsh chemicals. It’s also a great way to get rid of any bacteria or germs that may be lingering on your mat.

Here’s how to clean a yoga mat with vinegar: 

  1. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle
  2. Spray the mixture onto your mat and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
  3. Use a clean towel or cloth to gently scrub the mat
  4. Rinse your yoga mat thoroughly with warm water
  5. Hang up your yoga mat or lay it flat on a towel to dry. Or you can do both; use a towel to blot the mat and then hang it up to air dry.

Now you have a brilliantly easy way to clean your mat, and your own DIY yoga mat spray!

Yoga Mat Cleaner Alternatives

If you're looking for an alternative to a yoga mat cleaner, there are plenty of natural and easy-to-find ingredients that can help you keep your mat clean.

Some of these include:

  • Witch hazel
  • Castile soap
  • Essential oils 
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Mixing these ingredients with water and using them as a spray to clean your mat is a great way to keep it fresh without involving chemicals. But, before using any alternative, be sure to test it on a small patch of your mat to ensure there is no discolour. After using your cleaning alternative make sure to rinse the mat with warm water and allow it to dry completely before using again.

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Yoga Mat

Maintaining a clean yoga mat is essential for a safe and enjoyable yoga practice, regardless of whether you're using your mat at a yoga studio or practising at home.

Here our top tips for maintaining a clean yoga mat: 

  • Clean your mat after every use
  • Use a gentle cleanser or natural cleaning alternative
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or fabric softener 
  • Allow your mat to dry completely before using again

By following these tips and regularly cleaning your yoga mat, you can extend its lifespan and enjoy a safer and cleaner yoga practice. 

How to Dry a Yoga Mat Quickly

When it comes to cleaning your yoga mat, drying it quickly is essential. After all, you don't want to be practising yoga on a wet mat! To help you out, here are some tips on how to dry your yoga mat quickly.

  • Hang it up: The easiest way to dry a yoga mat is to hang it up. You can use a clothesline, shower rod, or even just drape it over a chair or railing.
  • Use a towel: Lay your yoga mat flat on top of a clean towel and roll them together tightly. The towel will help absorb excess water from the mat.
  • Use a fan: If you’re in a hurry, you can use a fan to speed up the drying process. 
  • Avoid direct sunlight: While it may seem logic to dry your yoga mat outside in the sun, this can actually damage and fade your mat. It’s best to let it air dry indoors.

Now that you know how to clean your yoga mat using a variety of methods, there's no excuse for a dirty or smelly mat. Remember to regularly clean and maintain your mat for a safe and enjoyable practice. Whether you prefer natural cleaners or store-bought options, there are plenty of ways to keep your mat in top condition. So roll out your mat, take a deep breath, and enjoy a clean and refreshing yoga practice.

And if you need a helping hand with your day-to-day cleaning duties, call on one of our professional cleaners to get the tasks done!

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