After several rounds of exercises and daily yoga activity, there comes a stage where your yoga mat demands to be cleaned! Obviously, no one wants to workout on dirty, sweaty and stinky yoga mat!
Well, now you might be wondering how to clean a yoga mat at home by yourself.
NOT A BIG DEAL!
Here I am going to share an easy method for cleaning yoga mat yourself and start back with the pleasant yoga experience again.
So, are you ready? Let’s go!
Before starting to adopt any one of the ways mentioned below to remove dirt and bad stains from yoga mat’ be sure to read out the instructions book that came up along with the mat when you purchased it.
Some of the PVC mats do not chemically react well with the detergents and hence end up reducing the mat’s durability.
The instruction book would surely have clear disclaimers stating the list of items you should not use upon your yoga mat. After studying the guide book, decide wisely which method you are going to opt for in order to safely clean your yoga mat.
How to Clean Yoga Mat at Home Yourself
1. Buy a Mat Cleansing Solution
This option is for all the lazy yogis out there, who want to avoid all the hard work and efforts required to clean a yoga mat. Get a yoga mat wash for your mat and spray it all over your yoga mat.
After that, leave the mat to dry for a while and tedah! It is entirely fresh and ready to be used again.
I would not suggest cleaning your mat by using a mild spray when it is extremely dirty. In such a situation, switch to another option: The washing machine. Please do not panic; I have added the procedure right below!
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2. Use the Washing Machine
This is, by far, the most efficient way of cleaning a yoga mat. All you have to do is to stick your mat in the washing machine, add up a little detergent and turn on the machine.
The tumbling and rolling motion would wipe off all the dust and bad odors off your yoga mat and would make it super clean in minutes!
A major drawback regarding using machines for cleaning your yoga mat is that some yoga mats are extremely sensitive. They cannot just stand the agitation that goes inside the washing machine. Also, not all mats are allowed to be washed inside the machine.
Therefore, be very careful and get to know your mat type well. ONLY after taking the precautions, use the machine to clean it; otherwise, you are going to shred it into pieces!
If your yoga mat is not machine washable friendly skip this step.
3. Simply Put It in a Water Tub
If your mat is very sensitive and you hesitate using any harsh detergents or cleaning solutions upon it, simply place it in a water tub. After an hour or two, all the dirt would be soaked in the water that was in the tub.
Hang dry the mat inside, on the shower rail, or spread it somewhere. Leave it for a day. If you still feel that your mat stinks, place it outdoor under the sunlight, and all the bad smell would fade away in a few hours.
4. Use a Soft Cloth to Hand Wash the Mat
For all those yogis, who do yoga activity daily without a gap, placing your mat inside a bathtub would not clean it properly. It is better to do a little hard work, so you do not have to get irritated by the leftover dirt or sweat spots or any stinking while you do your yoga exercise.
Take a wet cloth; apply a little amount of cleansing solution over it. Rub it over the mat lightly. Repeat the procedure twice or thrice. After that, hose your mat with water.
Make sure to remove all the solution bubbles and let the water run through it for a while. Then leave your mat to dry, and after it dries, it is all set to be used again!
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5. Using a Handheld Steam Cleaner
This is a very quick yet very material-sensitive procedure to be adopted to clean your yoga mat at home. If you are going to steam your mat, be careful not to do it at very high temperatures because you might end up damaging the texture of your mat.
If it is a rubber mat, check out the instructions first and only then choose to steam it. Steaming will remove all the bacteria and sweat germs from your yoga mat, making it clean and healthier to be used again. This method is also commonly used after tub washing your mat.
7. Essential Oils Cleansing
Must have heard of tea tree oil before? If not, let me tell you about the benefits of this essential oil.
Tea tree oil has a light consistency and has not got a very pungent smell too. It is used for body cleansing, but is also perfect for cleaning your clothes too because it has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.
Using tea tree oil alone for cleaning a mat would not be sufficient. Pairing it up with vinegar will provide much better results. Also, add a little amount of water to make the mixture saturated.
Now, use the mix to clean your mat. You can use a dry piece of cloth to wipe the liquid off once you have poured it over the mat. Be careful not to repeat this cleansing method too often. It is better to cleanse it this way, after a month’s time or three weeks.
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So which option are you going to opt for to clean your yoga mat at home? No matter whichever technique you go for, be sure to clean your mat regularly and properly. A dirty yoga mat would not only be infectious to your body but would also make your yoga exercise non comfy. If I get to know about other trending options adopted by the yoga studious to clean their yoga mats; I will definitely let you know. Till then, play around with these easy techniques; Have fun cleaning!