Dec 3, 2012

Yoga Mat Tips: How to Deep Clean Your Mat

Regularly washing your yoga mat will kept it soft and sticky, prevent bacterial growth and maximize the life of your mat.

How to Deep Clean Your Mat - For its first wash, or whenever your yoga mat seems particularly dirty, you will probably want to give it a really thorough cleaning.


1) Run a few inches of cool or slightly warm water into a bathtub an
d add a few drops of mild detergent. Make sure you don’t add too much soap or it will be difficult to rinse away completely, leaving your yoga mat slippery.

2) Submerge the mat in the water. Let it soak for a few minutes (the longer you let it soak, the more thoroughly it will be cleaned).

3) Gently rub both sides of the mat using the soft side of a sponge or terrycloth. This will help the mat to develop that soft, ‘grippable’ surface.

4) Rinse the yoga mat out very thoroughly in clean water, making sure you get rid of any soap residue.

5) To dry your yoga mat, lay it on top of a dry towel and tightly roll mat and towel together like a cinnamon roll. Squeeze out excess water by pressing with your hands or feet. Unroll and hang to air dry. Make sure you let it dry out completely before storing to prevent mold.