After weeks of hard practice, our yoga mats should probably get a little cleaning. The last thing you want to do is use some type of harsh chemical cleaner. It’s bad for the mat and its bad for your health. Instead, there are some natural ways to clean your mat. So here are a few options if you are trying to learn how to clean a yoga mat at home.
How to clean a yoga mat at home?
Here are a few household options to clean a yoga mat at home.
Yes, a lint roller. This is great for a quick once-over for any crumbs, dust, and other small pieces that stick to the coating of your mat. Picking up the offending material by hand is difficult and time consuming. But a few passes with a lint roller works very well.
Depending on how dirty your mat gets, you can use the lint roller technique after every practice.
Vinegar and Water
Mix one part white vinegar to three parts water. If you have an empty spray bottle, you can place the mixture within and shake. If you don’t have a spray bottle, just use a bowl and washcloth instead.
Because I practice yoga every day, I do a vinegar/water spray and wipe down about once a week.
Does the smell of vinegar bother you? Add a spritz of rose water or essential oils after your mat is cleaned. With a few uses, the smell will go away. Or you can try option number 3…
Soap and Water
Good old soap and water works wonders on your mat. Here’s what I do: mix a little bit of soap with warm water. Take a washcloth and spread the soapy water mixture over the mat. It’s best to do this outside or in a bathroom as it can be messy. Use gentle, circular motions to distribute soap. Once the mat is adequately soaped, either take it outside and hose it down, or (if it’s cold outside) you can take it into a shower and spray it down there.
Make sure the mat is completely dry before rolling it up. To dry, either hang it outside in the sun or hang it over a shower curtain for the night.
I usually do a full soap and water wash every other month.
Some mats can actually be put in the washing machine. Use cold water, a minimal amount of all-natural detergent, and a splash of white vinegar.
But do be careful, rubber and jute mats should not be washed in a machine. It may ruin your mat and your washing machine. Always check the care instructions included with your mat before placing in the washing machine.