Cleanliness is required to help us maintain a healthy body and mind. This should also include our surroundings and the items we use day to day.
Your mat is your sacred space and it is important to keep it clean.
Yoga mats absorb all the sweat, oil, and grime that they’re exposed to. This results in a dirty, smelly mat and germs can very quickly accumulate.
Certain ailments such as athlete’s foot, ringworm and other nasty infections thrive in a warm, moist and dark environments and can be found on a Yoga mat.
As well as cleaning your mat, it is also important to disinfect it to get rid of the germs.
Cleaning a surface will remove germs.
Disinfecting a surface will kill germs.
Cleaning and disinfecting = Sanitising, so it is important to do both.
It's preferable to use natural products rather than harsh chemicals and this homemade solution will serve you and your mat very well.
Mix equal amounts of distilled water and white vinegar together and pour into an empty, clean spray bottle. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and shake well. Simple!
Tea tree oil is an antimicrobial that kills bacteria, so when combined with this solution, it becomes the perfect disinfectant for your Yoga mat.
As soon as you have used your Yoga mat, spray the solution over each side of the mat and wipe off with a clean cloth. It is better to treat both sides of the mat otherwise germs may be transferred when you roll the mat for storage.
To clean your mat, you can use a mild detergent such as dish washing liquid. You only need a couple of drops added to warm water and then use with another spray bottle. Spray your mat with the solution and gently wipe with a towel or microfiber cloth for best results. Rinse with warm water and allow the mat to air dry before storage.
How often you clean your mat depends on its use, but once a month or when you sense that it is grubby or smelly, will suffice, but it’s advisable to disinfect your mat after every class.
Submitted by Dawn 2021