Natural Health magazine March 2012

How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

Natural Health magazine March 2012 Congratulations for sticking to your healthy yoga routine! The only thing left to consider is this: How clean is that mat beneath your feet?

When was the last time you looked at your yoga mat? Sure, you “see” it every time you get it out of the car and when you do your sun salutations. But have you really looked at it to see how clean (or dirty) it is? You walk all over it barefooted, drop plenty of sweat on it and put it on a studio floor not knowing who or what has been there before you.

The March issue of Natural Health magazine has a few simple steps for feeling at peace about the cleanliness of your favorite yoga mat. Yoga instructor Kathryn Budig suggests the following:

  1. Mix together a concoction of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 3/4 cup warm tap water, 1 tablespoon baking soda and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Lay your mat out flat in the tub or shower and spritz both sides with your vinegar-tea tree oil concoction.
  3. Wipe the mat with a clean sponge, paying close attention to the muckiest areas.
  4. Rinse with warm water, towel dry and then leave out to air dry.

If those four steps are too much for you, yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe says you can actually throw your mat into the washing machine. “Just take it out before the spin cycle, which will shred it,” she wisely advises.