Cleaning your yoga mat requires some patience and the right technique. If not cleaned well, it may get infected with germs. If you do not keep it clean and dry, the dampness can spoil it and make it moldy. Often people just fold their yoga mats after using. But they find their mats to be covered with slime and mold after a few months. Such mats are very harmful for use as you perform various poses that require you to make full-body contact with your mat. Here is a useful guide on cleaning your yoga mat.
What Makes Yoga Mats So Dirty?
There is nothing worse than rolling out a yoga mat that is covered with white-colored fungus, mold, grime or stink. These mats absorb all your body sweat and the dirt they are exposed to. Mold and mildew thrive in damp conditions. If you do not clean your mat dry after every use, these germs are bound to develop on the surface. A normal yoga mat after use was found to have 3 million counts of normally found environmental bacteria. These germs lead to plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm or such other infections.
Steps On Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
The best way to clean and disinfect your yoga mat is by using a disinfectant solution of equal parts of vinegar, distilled water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Although ready-made yoga mat cleaning products are available in the market, if you want to make one at home, you can get these ingredients and mix them. Pour the liquid in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid on your mat after every use and wipe off with a soft cloth to remove all the dirt, grime and sweat away. Tea tree oil has anti-microbial properties. This oil when combined with vinegar works very well in disinfecting your mat.
Tips For Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
You should spray the solution on both sides of your mat. Use a towel with zero lint to wipe off-dry. You should clean both sides as microbes developing on one side can quickly spread onto the other side. When you roll your mat, the sides that touch the ground rests on the area where you place your body. So, you should ensure that you clean both sides well. By removing dirt and dust from both sides, you can prevent your skin from acne and other skin diseases.
Deep Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
Once in a while, you may have to bathe your mat thoroughly with water and soap. This is when using a disinfectant does not remove the smell of sweat and odor. You should understand then that it is time to clean your mat thoroughly with soap liquid. You can also use a mild shampoo or your dishwashing liquid. After washing, try drying your mat in an airy place to remove all traces of dampness. Do not scrub your mat too much with abrasives, as this could lead to scratches on the surface.