There’s only so many uses you can get out of your yoga mat before it starts to get a little… funky. Plus, if you’re like me and one to make a habit of leaving your mat in your trunk or rolled up in your house to keep it out of the way, it never really gets the chance to air out. Since I teach hot yoga a few times a week, I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to making a frequently used yoga mat smell nice and fresh 😉
I have two different ways of cleaning my mat:
5-Minute Quick Clean
What you need:
– small spray bottle
– 1 oz rubbing alcohol
– 2 oz water
– essential oils of your choice (optional)
Unroll your mat in an area you don’t mind getting a little wet. In a spray bottle, combine one part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts water, and a few drops of essential oil (I like lavender or lemongrass). Shake well and spray generously on your mat. Wipe vigorously with a dry cloth or a handful of paper towels until the moisture is mostly wiped up. It’ll remain damp for a bit, but should dry within an hour or so.
15-Minute Deep Clean
What you need:
– ½ baking soda
– approx ½ cup water
– few drops of lemon juice
– essential oils of choice (optional)
Unroll your mat in an area you don’t mind getting a little wet. In a bowl, mix ½ cup baking soda and enough water to create a paste. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon (just a few drops) in to the mixture with a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lemon or clove). Spread the paste all over your mat with your hands and let it sit until it dries. This will take about 15 minutes. Once it dries, take your mat outside and brush the powder off OR spray it down with a hose if you have one. Lay your mat over a chair or flat on the ground so it can dry.