I will admit, I used to go to yoga, sweat all over my mat, and throw it back in my trunk until the next class. Two days later, I would do the same: remove my mat from the trunk, sweat, and put it back in its place, the trunk. This would happen regardless of the time of year: fall, winter (how did my sweaty mat not freeze? Spoiler, it probably did), spring, and summer (OMG can you imagine the mold spores that must have grown, EW!). I cannot even let my mind go there. Thankfully, my immune system is strong and I grew more sage.
Now, not only is my trunk is no longer my mat’s storage space, but my car expresses its gratitude. I disposed of that frozen moldy piece of equiment many moons ago. Additionally, I have been able to preserve the life of my yoga mats and have a much healthier relationship with them. I became so appalled by the indecency of my practices that I was determined to find a way to imrpove their health.
The best way to take care of a yoga mat is to clean it (often) and with the right (natural) solution. Clean, essential-oil infused wipes are great for giving your mat a detox. The best ones do not remove, but enhance, the tacky feeling that we all cherish in a new mat. It is like preserving your new car's new car smell for as long as possible. ALB loves these Jo-Sha Yoga Mat Cleaning Wipes options.
Another, less wasteful option is to make your own fabulous smelling and effective cleaning concoction. Dig up an old spray bottle (not an empty chemical bottle, i.e. Windex) or purchase one here. Fill with equal parts water and white vinegar. Add a few drops of tea tree oil (acclaimed for its bacterial-killing powers), or lavender or eucalyptus for a soothing on-the-mat sensation. A little goes a long way with these pure oils. Spray and scrub mat with a new, clean sponge (which should be cleaned too) or paper towel. This chemical-free yet potent cleaner is great to use after daily practices and will not erode the quality of your mat.
Here’s to fewer germs and more sweaty sequences.
Please note that ALB has no relationship with any of the brands or products mentioned in this article. They are all products she uses and supports personally.