2 Easy Ways to Clean Your Yoga Mat

January 16, 2018 - 4 minutes read

Let’s face it, we all sweat, and when you’re in a room that feels like it’s a thousand degrees while trying to hold dolphin plank for a solid 60 seconds, you definitely sweat.

Whether your yoga mat takes a beating from your indoor hot yoga class or by bringing home half the beach during your outdoor workouts, it’s a good idea to give it a bit of a scrub down once in a while. It only takes a few minutes and a couple of easy steps to rid your trusty mat of those funky shavasana smells so go ahead, show that thing some love.

Method 1: If your mat is lightly soiled

Use this method if your mat has some slight sweat spots or light dirt in small patches or if the bigger spots are still fresh.

You will need:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 4 drops dish soap
  • A sponge or terry cloth
  • A dry towel

Add warm water into a spray bottle and lay your mat out flat. Spritz the water across your mat and using a clean sponge, wipe down the mat from one end to the other.

If you find the stains or dirt are not coming off easily, add the dish soap to the spray bottle and shake well (be careful not to use too much soap as this could create a slippery  surface upon your next few uses). Dampen the sponge or cloth in the solution and gently rub down the mat in the areas that are soiled.

Rinse the sponge out completely then rub down with water to remove all the excess soap. You can also try placing the mat in the shower and running the water to rinse the mat.

Use the dry towel to pat down the mat then hang to air dry.

Method 2: If your mat is heavily soiled

Use this method if your mat has large sweat stains or is deeply tracked with dirt or mud.

You will need:

  • A bath of warm water
  • A small amount of mild detergent
  • A sponge or terry cloth
  • A large, dry towel

Create a solution in the bathtub of warm water and a small amount of mild detergent (again, do not use too much as this could cause the mat to become slippery). You do not need to fill the bath to the top, just use enough water to cover the bottom. Submerge the mat in the bath and use the sponge to scrub at any deeply soiled areas.

Drain the bath and re-fill with water (again, you don’t need to fill the tub – save the environment!). Thoroughly rinse.

Roll up the mat and squeeze out as much excess water as you can, then lay the large dry towel out on the ground and place unrolled mat on top. Roll the two up together and step on the roll to allow the towel to soak up as much of the moisture as possible.

Unroll and hang to air dry.