All you yogis, has it been a while since you cleaned your yoga mat?
It was a beautiful warm day yesterday so I took advantage of it, and washed all four of my mats. I know my mats had not been thoroughly cleaned for quite some time. They really didn’t LOOK dirty, but I was amazed at how disgusting the water in the tub was when I was finished.
- Fill the tub with enough water to completely submerge your mat. (1/4 full)
- Add only a few drops of liquid dish soap or mild detergent.
- Add 10-20 drops of essential oils. (lemon & tea tree oil)
- Place your mat in the tub and swish around. Use a cloth to rub out any really soiled areas.
- Thoroughly rinse with cool water.
- Drain as much water from the mat that as you can.
- Carry to a surface that can get a little damp, like a tile or wood floor. Place an old towel on the floor and sit the mat on top of it. You can place another towel over the top.
- Roll the mat and towels up. Kneel or step on the mat to press the water out.
- If you can take the mats outside to dry, this is the quickest. Drape them over a clothesline, a banister or whatever you have so they can air dry. On a nice sunny day, your mat will dry in 4-6 hours. Otherwise it may take a few days in the house. Make sure it is nice and dry on both sides before rolling it up and putting it away!
Between major washings you can keep your mat clean and fresh by simply wiping it down. Here is a blend using essential oils and water, that works well to clean and disinfect NATURALLY, without chemicals.
Combine 12 drops of lemon essential oil, six drops of tea tree and six drops of
lavender with 4 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and
mist over your mat and wipe it clean with a soft towel after
These essential oils have cleansing and purifying properties and they smell yummy.
So get your tub filled and tackle this task that you know you’ve needed to do. You will enjoy practicing on a fresh, clean and sweet smelling yoga mat.
*If your mat is new and it is slippery, you need to wash off the oils that were left on the mat from manufacturing. Simply use the spritz recipe above, or you may need to completely wash your mat in the tub to get all the oily residue off. You don’t want to be doing yoga on a slippery mat!
Please leave a comment if you have questions or any other great ideas or suggestions regarding yoga mats.