You know what’s not relaxing? Noticing the days-old sweat and grime on your yoga mat before your class starts.
It happens to the best of us. We simply roll up our mat after a sweaty session without thinking about all the sweat, oil, and grime our yoga mats absorb. Consequently, yoga mats that aren’t regularly cleaned can become smelly, dirty, and compromised by bacteria pretty quickly. Regularly cleaning your yoga mat is a must for many reasons.
- Fungi, bacteria, and microbes picked up on the yoga mat can lead to nasty cases of athlete’s foot, warts, infections, and ringworm. In addition, the dark, warm, and moist environments of yoga studies creates the perfect storm for the growth of these pathogens.
- When the surface of your yoga mat becomes increasingly grimy, it actually lessens your mat’s grip strength. As a result, you will be sliding around quite a bit, maybe evening slipping and falling. This will take distract you from your yoga and result in an unsatisfying session. Stability in yoga is key—clean surfaces are stable surfaces!
- Regularly cleaning your yoga mat will extend its longevity! Cleaning will reduce regular wear and tear.
- Nothing is more unpleasant than a whiff of dried sweat and body odor from your yoga mat. Regularly cleaning your yoga mat prepares and cleanses your mind for your upcoming sessions. You’ll be ready for a fresh start everyday!
If you can’t quite remember the last time you gave your yoga mat a good cleaning, now’s the time!
How to Easily Clean Your Yoga Mat
First, take Fawn Organics All Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner. Then spray the most soiled areas of your yoga mat from close range. Leave the all-natural solution to sit for a few seconds and then wipe it down thoroughly with a clean cloth.
Fawn Organics All Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner is fueled by plant-based power and completely free of dangerous chemicals and toxins. Non-GMO and 100% vegan, this a cleaning spray you can feel good about spraying onto your yoga mat.
How often should I clean my yoga mat? Since yoga mats harbor germs, sweat, and oils so easily, we suggest wiping down your yoga mat after every session. With our cleaner, it’s easy to toss in your bag and quickly spritz your mat before rolling up your mat and leaving. You can even spray and wipe down your mat before your session if you feel like it could use some extra grip.
My yoga mat is really dirty. Can I throw it in the washing machine? It depends on the kind of yoga mat you have. Some mats are durable enough to handle a front-loading washing machine while others will simply break down. If you do think your yoga mat needs that deep of a clean, use a clean, environmentally-friendly detergent like our Organic Laundry Detergent, use cold water, and then let it hang dry. Many experts don’t recommend putting your yoga mat in the washing machine as it could ruin your mat and your washing machine.
If you’re looking for an alternative deep clean method, allow you yoga mat to soak in a bathtub of warm water and soap. Avoid hot water as that could damage your yoga mat.
Be certain to thoroughly dry your yoga mat before storing it away. Warm, moist yoga mats are the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and other nasty pathogens. Air dry your mat by hanging it over the back of a chair or even outside over a porch railing. While it may be okay to put some mats in the washing machine, never put your yoga mat in the dryer! Once your mat is fully dry, roll it up and store it somewhere with good airflow. If you go a few weeks without doing yoga, still open your mat up once in a while to allow circulation.
Having a dirty yoga mat is inevitable in some respects—it means you are frequently using your yoga mat, which is great! It’s a good dilemma to have. Spraying your mat with our All Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner after each session and giving your mat a good monthly deep clean will maintain a balanced mind and body needed for yoga.
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