After a long, sweaty yoga practice you roll up the mat, throw it in the car, and forget about it until the next class. Sound familiar to anyone else? We’ve all been there, but now there’s an easy, less exhausting way to keep your mat fresh. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, your body gets rid of 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells every day. Along with body oils and sweat, you can imagine what builds up on your mat over time. Convinced you probably need to clean your mat more often? We hear you, let’s talk about making mat-care a part of your self-care routine.
WHEN TO CLEAN
You’re not going to want to hear this, but your yoga mat should be cleaned after every use. Even though there may be instances where you aren’t physically sweating, if your body is in contact with the mat there is still potential to spread and absorb germs. Plus, having a fresh smelling, clean yoga mat will set the tone and energy for the next time you use it. Think of your mat as a sacred space, it’s important to take care of it.
HOW TO CLEAN
To clean your Yoga Mat, all you need is an absorbent towel (even a cotton t-shirt will do) and SR® Trimmer Cleaning Spray. Apply spray to the mat as needed or until the entire mat is covered. Let it sit for 5 minutes and wipe clean. Let it air dry, no rinse is required after using. After cleaning, leave your mat somewhere with fresh air circulating. Think draping it over a rail or finding a spot in the yard.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Don’t (we repeat, don’t) put your yoga mat in the washing machine. Avoid using cleaners that use harsh chemicals. To lessen your cleaning load, you can lay a washable towel down over your mat and wear long leggings so that you have less skin contact with your mat.