When you borrow a mat at a new yoga class it’s a given you’ll wipe it down afterwards before returning it to the pile. It’s just common courtesy, right? So why is it that, when we’re using our own yoga mats, most of us are guilty of just rolling them up after class without even thinking about cleaning them? Or, even worse, many yoga lovers don’t ever consider cleaning their mats all! Over time dirt, make-up and whole lot of sweat will accumulate on your mat if you don’t clean it. Eww!
In an ideal world we would all clean our yoga mats after every class to keep them smelling and looking great. However, at a bare minimum, you should be cleaning your mat at least once a week. More often you’re a fan of sweaty power vinyasa sessions or practice over three times a week.
It’s a good idea to clean your yoga mat with something natural too. Regular cleaning agents could damage your mat. Plus, you don’t want to be breathing in a bunch of chemicals during child’s pose!
Try not to use too much liquid when cleaning your mat either (think wiping not washing) otherwise your mat could get waterlogged. Lastly, don’t place your mat in the sun after cleaning. If you forget and leave it outside all day your mat could possibly get too dried out. And a crispy mat is the last thing you want to deal with during downward dog!
We also quizzed a few of our fave yoga teachers (and Sporteluxe experts) to tell us how they keep their mats clean!
“I wipe mine down using a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water.” Lee Holmes
“It might sound weird but I just clean mine with a hand soap and a damp cloth.” Lola Berry
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