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How do I stop my Yoga Mat from smelling?


Whether you practise hot yoga or a vinyasa session at home, your yoga mat will eventually become dirty and smell.

Yoga mats appear to be robust. But, they are composed of materials that degrade fast when cleaned incorrectly or with improper solutions. Follow these simple methods to extend the life of your yoga mat while keeping it fresh and germ-free.

But first things first! yoga mats can be from a variety of materials. So, it’s always good to check with the manufacturer for cleaning instructions. If those aren’t available, follow the advice below.

When Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

Rubberfy Silicone Yoga Mat Image
Rubberfy Silicone Yoga Mat Image

Sweat, lint, skin oil, etc can collect on your yoga mat after many downward dogs and vinyasa movements. They also develop that nasty odour from germs on your skin and perspiration.

It’s time to clean your yoga mat if it’s accumulated dirt, filth, or a foul odour. You’ll reach that point every few weeks or monthly, depending on how much you practise.

It’s worth noting that yoga mats are should be sticky. That gives you the grip to maintain your stance in slippery poses. For example, you can take the downward dog, which might feel hard to maintain on a slick mat. When cleaning, take care not to scrape so hard that you remove the sticky finish.

The Correct Method of Hand-Washing

In a bucket, use two cups of warm water and two drops of mild dish soap to hand-wash your mat. To remove any dirt or stains, dip a cleaning cloth into the mixture and wipe along both sides of the mat. You shouldn’t use scrub brushes since they will wear down the material.

After that, you will have to rinse the mat with warm water and hang it to dry. Hang it in a shaded place away from the sun. The material can potentially be harmed by sunlight.

After the yoga mat has dried, spray it with a sanitising spray made particularly for yoga mats. Cleansing Spray and Yoga Mat Wash Cleaner are two spray alternatives. Before spraying the spray to your mat, carefully read the packaging.

Can I clean it in a washing machine?

If hand-cleaning sounds like too much work, you might be able to toss your yoga mat in the washing machine with a light detergent like Woolite or Dreft. Make sure you use a mild or hand wash cycle and warm water.

When the washer is finished, allow the mat to air dry before spraying it with the sanitising spray. Again, follow any relevant cleaning recommendations from the maker of your yoga mat before proceeding, since the washer might harm it, especially if you have a top-loading machine. While washing, the agitator might nick or damage the mat.

What to do when you don’t have time to thoroughly clean

Because you should only deep clean your mat a few times per month, you’ll need to perform some in-between cleaning on other days.

After each workout, sanitise your mat using mat sanitizing spray. This will keep the mat from smelling like perspiration and will keep the bacteria it picked up from the yoga studio floor from spreading.

A word of caution in the end:

The material in this article is provided solely for educational and informative reasons and is not intended to be health or medical advice. If you have any questions about a medical condition or your health goals, always visit a physician or other certified health practitioner.

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