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How to disinfect a yoga mat


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After a long session of warrior poses it might be time to clean your yoga mat. Keeping it clean, especially if you use it every day, is not only good for the longevity of your yoga mat but also a good idea for your health. So, let’s have a look how to deep clean a yoga mat.

Washing your yoga mat before you sanitise

We wouldn’t recommend washing your yoga mat in the washing machine, although some brands mention that it can be done. Hand washing is the way to your mat’s longevity.

  • Washing up liquid: Clean your mat using lukewarm water mixed with a few drops of washing up liquid. You can opt for one that also has bacteria killing properties. Apply with a damp sponge. Then wipe it down with some fresh water to get rid of the soapy residue.
  • Hang it up to dry: Use a drying rack or drape it over a chair. Ensure you keep it away from heating and the midday sun. Depending on the material of your mat, excessive heat could damage it.

If you’re not a fan of cleaning your mat every time you use it, then it’s a good idea to use a towel over your mat. This will catch most of the sweat and dirt and afterwards you can simply wash your towel in the washing machine.

How to sanitise your yoga mat

Even if you aren’t a fan of hot yoga, it’s a good idea to know how to disinfect your yoga mat to get rid of germs and bacteria that can build up over a couple of yoga sessions.

You don’t need to use harsh chemical or spend money on cleaners specifically designed for yoga mats to get rid of germs. Sources claim that home remedies also do the trick:

  • Tea tree oil: Its antimicrobial properties kill germs in no time. You can dilute 10 drops in some distilled water and spray it onto your mat, then wipe it down with a soft cloth. You can also use other essentials oils if you’re not a fan of tea tree oil. Lavender and eucalyptus oil have similar antibacterial properties.
  • Vinegar: Mix vinegar with distilled water (50:50) and use it to clean your yoga mat. White vinegar has antifungal properties that kills bacteria on contact.

Ensure that you clean and disinfect both sides of your yoga mat. If you are using your yoga mat frequently, it’s a good idea to wash and sanitise your yoga mat at least once a week.

If you have noticed that you might need to clean your carpet after you contorted yourself into the downward dog pose, then don’t worry as we have a load of articles that will help you out check out how to disinfect shoes or how to remove allergens from your home after you’ve finished telling your yoga friend how to sanitise your yoga mat.