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Published on 20 Jan 2022
Yoga Mats provide us with a companion to strike the stretchiest of poses in comfort. But at the same time, it is the recipient of our sweat, oil, and grime. If you are into Vinaya or Bikram Yoga, you might sweat a lot and your yoga mat would be plagued by a pungent odor.
However, that is a very common complaint amongst yogis. It is wise to clean your yoga mat after every practice as well as cleanse it thoroughly every month or so to wash off the unwanted dust. If you pander in the practice of cleaning your mat in an orderly fashion then you can keep the mat's grip and extend its useable lifespan.
Fret not! We have got the ways on 'how to wash yoga mat' but first let us start with the why and some basics.
Yoga mats in studios are cleaned deeply and remain in a tip-top shape. Like one would expect!
When it comes to yoga mats used by people practicing yoga at home, it can be a game-changer. You would be alarmed to know that the fungi and bacteria prevalent in causing athlete’s foot, plantar warts, staph infections, and ringworm, among others, are commonly found on yoga mats since they thrive in warm, dark, moist environments.
So, to dodge nasty germs and overcome unpleasant odor, cleaning your mat seems like a good enough reason!
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Although, do remember that merely cleaning would help in removing those stubborn germs, applying disinfectants would kill the germs off of your mat. At last, you want to take away good energy as you hop off your yoga mat, not germs!
We will divulge in the details below.
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Now that is a question better asked to the care instructions tag attached to your yoga mat or the packet it came in.
Some yoga mats can be machine durable, but some would come apart if went through a washing machine.
Check the tag for more clarity.
Some yoga mats are highly porous (closed-cell mats are thinner and water-resistant) and won't be able to quickly soak in the liquid wash. On the flip side, thicker yoga mats (open-cell construction) can soak up more liquid thus housing more bacteria.
Let us dive into some of the best ways to clean your yoga mat. Peruse through them and try out the ones seeming fit to your yoga mat.
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Note: Before you pick a cleaner, check your mat’s care tag instructions. Some brands don’t recommend vinegar-based solutions while others discourage high concentrations of essential oils.
While routine cleaning of your yoga mat after every practice might help it won't result in a squeaky-clean mat. For that, you need to lean on the good old waster and soap scrubbing method.
However, the quality of your mat would call for a different method of yoga mat cleaning. Open-celled ones require being scrubbed clean by dish soap submerged in water. The closed-celled ones would come apart if put through that, so spot cleaning comes to your rescue.
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Do check that your mat is completely dry before using it as a damp mat can provide for a breeding ground for bacteria.
Your mat is naturally going to show some scarring like peeling off or dark spots but let it be its badge of honor. Know when to clean your yoga mat and when to replace it!
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