Did you know that you have to clean your yoga mat after every use? After all, you do not want all that sweat and impurities near your body or face every time you use it! Of course, not everyone has a lot of free time which is why I have a few different cleaning methods you can use depending on how much time you have.
If You Have 30 Minutes
If you have 30 free minutes to clean your yoga mat then grab a detergent (you can use liquid dish soap) and dilute it in a bucket of water. If you have a bathtub then you can use that instead of a bucket (it will be so much easier). Then grab a sponge, dip the yoga mat in your bathtub (or bucket) and start scrubbing. Scrub for a few minutes then rinse with warm clean water.
Then just let your yoga mat fully dry before you use it. You can take it outside if it’s sunny which will speed up the drying!
If You Have 5 Minutes
If you are extremely busy and you do cannot waste more than 5 minutes on cleaning a yoga mat then do this!
Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a spray bottle. I like to use lavender because it smells amazing and it also has antibacterial properties!
This mixture will be your “antibacterial spray”. I recommend you spray your yoga mat with this vinegar mixture after every use just to make sure you keep it clean and disinfected between sessions. After you spray the mat with the mixture let it sit for 1-2 minutes then wipe with a cloth to remove the excess moisture.
If You Have 30 Seconds
If you don’t have the time or you don’t feel like doing the previous method and you want something quicker then just buy antibacterial wipes and use them between sessions.
However, I need to warn you that you still need to deep clean the yoga mat from time to time especially if you use one of these easy and quick cleaning methods!