Yoga Clean Yoga Mat

Practicing yoga can be a healthy, relaxing way to relieve stress and get fit. However, when it comes to caring for yoga gear, even the calmest yogis can get a bit frazzled.

What’s the best way to care for you mat without creating a slick, slippery surface? Here are a few quick tips on how to clean yoga and Pilates mats, as well as a few great products for cleaning your gear.

Homemade Yoga Mat Cleaner

After a few yoga classes, you might notice that those sweaty hands and feet have started to take their toll on your mat. To keep your mat fresh, most mat manufacturers recommend occasionally wiping it down with a mixture of water and mild detergent.

Create a homemade cleaning solution by mixing one part detergent with three parts water. Apply this solution to your mat with a spray bottle or a damp cloth, and wipe the mat dry. Try this light cleaning every few weeks to keep your mat clean. By consistently cleaning your mat, you can also help it retain its tackiness.

Cleaning Heavily Soiled Mats

If your mat is more heavily soiled, give it a more serious washing. Fill your tub with cool water and a few drops of detergent. Wipe your mat down lightly, let it soak for about a half hour. After it has soaked, scrub it lightly again.

Once you’ve finished washing your mat, wring it out and hang it to dry. After this type of intense cleaning, maintain a regular mat-cleaning schedule with the homemade cleaning solution reviewed above.

You can also just throw your yoga mat into the washing machine. However, keep in mind that this tends to wear down your mat’s tackiness.

Off-the-Shelf Cleaning Products

For those of you on the run, there are lots of great products out there to help clean your mat in the gym, at home or wherever you practice. Many companies offer natural cleansing sprays and portable wipes to make cleaning your mat quick and hassle-free on the go. Give these a try:

  • Wipes: Stow some of these in your gym bag or car for cleaning on the go. Wipe your mat down right after class to keep it fresh and tacky. Avoid using baby wipes or other cleaning wipes. The chemicals can damage your mat and make it slick.
  • Sprays: Sprays are a great cleaning solution, especially if you rent or borrow a yoga or Pilates mat, as many are anti-bacterial.

Did You Know…

… that the Sanskrit word “sauca” translates to cleanliness? In fact, keeping yoga mats clean is an important part of the traditional yoga practice. Yogis believe that cleanliness helps to open up chakras and deepen the yoga practice and experience.