Did you know that airline seats and mobile phones carry less germs than your yoga mat?
Yep, in fact, yoga mats are crawling with bacteria, fungi, viruses and more. In other words, yuck!
While most of us are guilty of rolling up post-savasana, without a second thought (myself included), cleaning your mat regularly is not only important for hygiene, but it also helps prolong your mat’s life.
But if you’ve ever wondered just how to clean your mat—not to mention how often—you’re not alone.
How to clean your yoga mat
- Simply spritz your mat with a solution that helps disinfect and eliminate odour. Click here to see four Sporteluxe-approved chemical-free solutions, or make your own. SELF Magazine suggests combining 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water and a few drops of essential oil (tea tree is a great option as it has the highest anti-fungal properties) for the perfect DIY yoga mat cleaning solution.
- Then, let it air dry for as long as possible. To keep you yoga mat from drying out and going crumbly, avoid hanging it outside or in bright sunny spaces.
How often you should clean your yoga mat
- Ideally, you should clean your mat after every class, especially if you practice regularly, outside, or sweat a lot.
Looking for a new yoga mat? We recommend Lululemon’s The Reversible Mat. This ultra-absorbent mat is designed to soak up sweat and wick away moisture so no matter how sweaty you get, you can always get a grip. It even incorporates an antimicrobial additive to help prevent bacteria, fungi and mold from taking hold of our mat – genius!