How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

Whether you are considering joining our yoga classes in Perth, or are already a regular member, a yoga mat will be one of your most used fitness purchases.

But, just as you wouldn’t reuse a towel over and over again without washing it, your yoga mat needs some maintenance. Cleaning your mat correctly can prolong its life, while ridding it from any sweat, dirt and bacteria.

How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

The frequency in which you clean your yoga mat will depend on how often it is being used. Try to aim for at least once a month for general use, or once a week for regular use.

The more you sweat the dirtier your yoga mat will become, and during the warmer weather sweating can be escalated. This may leave your mat feeling (and smelling) less than fresh.

Which Products Should You Use to Clean Your Yoga Mat?

There are a few different ways to clean your yoga mat depending on what you have available. Commercially designed sprays and mat wipes can be purchased, but it is possible to DIY.

For minor washing, use a damp wash cloth and gently wipe over the surface. For more intensive cleaning, soak in warm water with a few drops of very mild detergent.

A high quality yoga mat can even be placed in a washing machine on the most delicate setting. Please note, this should be done with cold water only.

While some may recommend adding vinegar to water to assist with cleaning, it can leave your mat with a lingering scent. Instead, try adding 2 drops of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender to a bucket of water. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and the lavender can help to relieve stress. The combination will leave your yoga mat smelling naturally clean.

How to Dry Your Yoga Mat

Don’t be tempted to hang your mat on the clothes line, as the full sun will cause it to fade. It may even crumble when the temperature rises!

Instead, use a terry cloth to soak up any wet areas and hang in the shade until completely dry. The best way to protect your mat when not in use, is to store it in a dedicated yoga bag. These are generally worn over the shoulder or on the back. This not only keeps it protected, but is convenient for transporting the next time you visit our Perth yoga studio.

Remember, with proper care your yoga mat will last longer and be more comfortable to use.

However, they don’t last forever, so if you do notice any tears or permanent stains it might be time to purchase a new one.

Contact Us

At Yoga Hub we have a range of classes and courses from beginner to intermediate. With supportive instructors to guide you, our classes are set in an environment designed with relaxation in mind.

Please contact us for more information and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help with your enquiry.