Is your yoga mat dirty and in need of some extra TLC? Follow these at-home and store-bought remedies to clean your yoga mat before and after hot yoga classes, Pilates and barre workouts. Ready to retire your yoga mat? Look for machine washable yoga mats.
Use soap and water to clean your yoga mat
After several uses, your yoga mat can build up with sweat and dirt picked up from the studio, the outside and the bottom of your feet. One quick and easy way to clean your yoga mat or Pilates mat is to use soap and a water-based solution.
What you’ll need:
- Cleaning Brush
- Bowl of lukewarm water
- Dish soap or mild detergent (1/2 tsp)
- Baking soda (1 tbsp)
- Hand towel
Dip your towel into the soapy water mixture and wipe down the top surface. Baking soda is also a great way to remove any foul smells. Rinse several times to ensure the solution and has been completely removed.
Use a sanitizing solution to clean your yoga mat
You can make your own sanitizing solution or purchase a pre-made yoga mat spray with essential oils like YogiRu’s Revitalize + Refresh, Natural Yoga Mat Spray by Embyr Oils. One key ingredient you should looks for – tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is antifungal and will keep your yoga mat clean between practices. Avoid using solutions that contain alcohol or bleach, as this can irritate your skin and damage the printed yoga mat.
Your yoga studio might offer free yoga mat sprays available for use or you can bring your own. Before and after class, spray down the top surface of your yoga mat with the cleaning solution and wipe down with a damp cloth.
Machine wash your yoga mat
Looking for more than a spot treatment for your yoga or exercise mat? YogiRu offers machine washable yoga mats perfect for hot yoga classes, HIIT workouts and outdoor activities like camping. Made from natural rubber, our eco friendly yoga mat (4mm) or travel yoga mat (1mm) can be thrown in the washing machine to make cleaning easy.
The best way to dry your yoga mat
Whether you’re using a soap and water solution, a yoga mat sanitizer or the washing machine, you’ll want to air dry your yoga mat to achieve the best results.
To cut down on drying time, roll up the yoga mat to squeeze out any additional water. Allow 24 – 72 hours (depending on thickness) to dry. Avoid leaving your mat in the direct sunlight for too long, as this can cause damage and fading.
Other ways to keep your yoga mat clean
Do you know the average person takes 10,000 steps per day? That translates to a lot of bacteria and viruses that you’re tracking onto your yoga mat. Before class, wash your hands and feet with antibacterial soap to ensure a happy and clean practice.
Now that you know how to clean your yoga mat, don’t be afraid to put in the hard-work and get it a little dirty.