How to Clean Your Yoga Mat?

All you yogis, is it time to clean 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.


I thought some of you might be interested in knowing how to go about washing your mats.

So here is low down.

  • First of all, 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.
  • Finally, 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!

Maintenance Yoga Mat Spray

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 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 5 drops of tea tree and 10 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
each use.

These essential oils have cleansing and purifying properties and they smell yummy.

So get the 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.


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  • Mary wendtMay 31, 2016 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Jan,

    My name is Mary Wendt, I live in Osceola, WI. I work at a clinic in St Paul,MN for adults with disabilities, I also teach chair yoga to seniors and am starting a program at my clinic.
    I have your book,”Adaptive yoga with a chair “, it’s a wonderful resource, the illustrations are so well done and easy to follow.
    On June 28th, I am doing a presentation for the National Spina Bifida conference being held in Minnesota. My presentation is called, “Yoga, it’s for every body”, I would like permission to use the sitting salutations from the book. I would like to be able to give a copy of the salutations as a reference guide to the people attending the session, so they can take it home to practice.
    I do appreciate your consideration of the request.


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    • JanJune 1, 2016 - 9:14 pm

      Hello Mary,
      So excited for your presentation! Sounds like you are doing wonderful things. I am glad you find the book helpful. Are you aware of
      the DVD that goes along with the book?
      Did you purchase the book from Amazon?
      You absolutely may use the sitting salutations page for a handout. I appreciate your honesty in contacting me!

      If you would like, I can email you the PDF form of that sheet so it would be easier for you to make copies. I will put my contact info on the page as well. All that I ask is that you direct them to my website and maybe even mention about the DVD.

      I love sharing this work. There are so many out there who can benefit from movement and am so glad there are people out there like you spreading the word. Let me know if you have further questions.
      Good luck with your workshop!

      Blessings to you,


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