Having a dirty and smelly yoga mat can disturb your inner peace during yoga sessions. You are supposed to relax when having yoga, but not with an unclean mat. So, the big question is when was the last time you wash your yoga mat? It is quite easy and simple to clean your mat and it’s up to you to do it or not. You should buy a foldable yoga mat that is very easy to wash.
As with other items, always read the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to manage and care for your yoga mat. This is the most common and most obvious thing to do. What if you lose the original manufacturer’s instructions? Here are a few guidelines and instructions on how to care for and clean your yoga mat.
The best action is to use a non-abrasive cleaning method. If your mat lightly stained, use a spray bottle, damp sponge or terry cloth fabric. If your mat heavily stained, dip them in a solution of the warm water bath and mild soap. Use only a small amount of soap to avoid residues. Any remaining residue can cause you to slip and fall off during your yoga session.
Using a Washing Machine
All kinds of fabrics and flexible mats can be cleaned using a washing machine. Rubber and foam mats do not fit into this category. Use a mild detergent and mix in a little cold water. Do not use the spin cycle. If your machine does not have this feature, remember to remove the mat before the spin cycle because it can damage the mat.
Rinsing and drying Yoga Mat
There is a proper way to wash a yoga mat. Wash mat thoroughly and rinse with lukewarm water clean. Do not squeeze your mat as you rinse just let the water run from it naturally because it can be worn mat fabric, especially cotton. Do not fold your mat until it is completely dry.