Because you’ll be working so close to the floor, think of you and the mat as one. You should ensure your mat isn’t full of old sweat and bacteria either, for both your own health- and your mat's.
Why Is It Important to Have a Clean Yoga Mat?
Because you’ll be working so close to the floor, think of you and the mat as one. You certainly wouldn’t wear clothing full of dirt and sweat when practicing yoga, so of course, you should ensure your mat isn’t full of old sweat and bacteria either.
A build-up of dirt (and sweat!) can not only cause nasty odors, but it can also make way for a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and germs. There’s even a chance that a dirty mat can become hazardously slippery over time.
How Do I Clean My Mat Properly?
Fortunately, there's no need to purchase an expensive yoga mat cleaner. Instead, you can make your own with simple household ingredients!
We’ll go over our easy DIY yoga mat cleaner recipe below. Once you have it made, here’s how to wash a yoga mat:
- Spray 3-5 spritzes over your mat after every session.
- Wipe clean with a towel.
- Let dry for a few minutes before rolling ‘er up for storage!
DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner
To create your DIY yoga mat cleaner, mix together the following in a 16 oz. spray bottle:
- 1 ½ cups water
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- 5 – 10 drops tea tree oil (or another essential oil)
Tools To Use When Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
All you need is your yoga mat spray, a yoga towel (or clean cloth), and your yoga mat! For reference, here’s a quick shopping list for the yoga mat cleaner DIY recipe:
- 16 oz. Spray bottle
- Distilled white vinegar
- Essential oils — choose from:
- Tea tree