In the past month, my yoga mat has been the most used item in my home. I’ve been doing at home workouts to keep my body active. Did you know that exercising has been known to ease anxiety & stress and build your immune system? It’s one thing my oncologist recommends I continue to keep up!
Anyways, with the frequent use of the yoga mat it is extremely important to maintain the cleanliness of the mat. Especially during these times, practicing good hygiene is a priority. Even though doing at home workouts frequently is what prompted me to ensure I clean my yoga mat, I hope these tips and practice is continued even when we all go back to group fitness classes. Nowadays, we can’t be too sure what is out there. After all, none of us expected a virus pandemic in 2020, but look at where we are.
Why You Need To Clean Your Yoga Mat At Home
While sometimes it may not be visible, your yoga mat is definitely dirty especially after working out at home or during a group fitness class (such as a yoga class). Yoga mats absorb all the sweat, oil, and grim that they’ve been exposed to. Therefore, they can quickly become dirty and contain germs. So if you are someone who can sweat a lot during a workout, cleaning your yoga mat after every use is very important.
In addition to the yoga mat absorbing your sweat and oil, it can also absorb whatever grime and bacteria the floor has. Think about the yoga studio and how many people have walked on that floor. We may not know or see what that floor has captured. But now that your mat has laid on it, it has been exposed to that grime as well. By cleaning your mat, you will kill any pathogen on the mat’s surface.
How To Clean Your Yoga Mat At Home
Deep Clean Your Mat
If it has been a while since you have cleaned your mat, I highly recommend deep cleaning. Some mats are hand wash only and I recommend you use a mild soap. Some can be washed in a washing machine on a cold, gentle cycle. Never put your mat in a dryer. Always air dry them.
Disinfect Your Mat
After every use, you should use a disinfectant solution. Avoid any harsh cleaners. You can use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your mat after every use or use a disinfectant spray to wipe it down with a soft cloth. Right now, any type of disinfectant is sold out. So you can make your own.
For rubber mats, I recommend avoiding products with essential oils.
Make Your Own Yoga Mat Cleaner
So if a store-bought disinfectant spray or wipe is not an option, you can easily create a solution at home. Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts clean water. Feel free to add a splash of tea tree oil to the mixture. Tea tree oil is known to be antimicrobial and effectively kills bacteria. Rinse it with a clean damp cloth and let it dry.
Use A Yoga Towel
Since the yoga towel lies directly on top of the mat, it will absorb all the sweat and grime from your body. Plus, they’re much easier to clean and most are machine-wash friendly.
Let Your Mat Air Dry
One important thing after you have disinfected your mat is letting it dry completely before rolling it up. This allows the disinfectant to completely soak through the mat. If you deep cleaned your mat, the best way to air dry them is hanging your mat so all the excess liquid drips off. Most mats will be damaged if placed in the dryer.
Cleaning Your Mat After Group Fitness Classes
Not only should we consistently clean our mats after doing at home workouts, we should continue this habit when we start going back to the gym. Most fitness studios and yoga studios provide disinfectant sprays and cloths to wipe down your mat after every class.
However, sometimes it is not always available or we don’t want to wait in line to get the cleaning solution. So I highly recommend to always have a cleaning solution with you in your gym bag. There are several effective mat cleaners you can purchase or bring your own solution and place it in a travel-size spray bottle.
1 Thick Nonslip Mat
2 Extra Thick Foam Mat
3 Extra Cushion Yoga Mat
4 Nonslip Eco-Friendly Mat
5 Reversible Mat
6 Nonslip Fitness Mat
7 Printed Thick Vegan Mat
8 Yoga Illustrated Mat
9 Pink Marble Yoga Mat
At Home Workout Equipment Essentials
1 Workout Outfit – 2 Piece Set
2 Nonslip Resistance Loop Bands
3 Pull Up Bands / Resistance Bands
4 Nonslip Yoga Mat
5 Exercise Step Deck / Exercise Bench
6 Knee Pad Cushion
7 Leopard Print Workout Leggings – see full review here.
8 Kettlebell Adjustable Portable Weight
9 Elastic Resistance Bands
11 Handle Medicine Ball
Have you been working out at home?