The practice of yoga is great for both the body and the mind. It’s also gentle on the joints so it is possible to do everyday especially if you have your own yoga mat at home. Keep the mat clean and fresh even with regular use with these cleaning tips:
For slightly soiled mats:
Here’s how to clean a yoga mat by hand. Dilute mild dish soap in water and spray it onto both sides. Wash off the dirt with a clean, damp sponge. Work your way throughout the entire surface. Be careful not to put too much pressure or the mat might get a tear or develop other flaws. After washing with this soapy solution, wipe off the residue with a clean sponge that is slightly damp with water. Finally, wipe things up with a towel and air dry.
For heavily soiled mats:
Sometimes we just don’t have the time to wash it so the dirt piles up and really sticks to the surface. Heavily soiled mats require more intensive cleaning. Mix soap with water in a tub and place the mat in it. Let it stand for and hour or so then begin to wash off the dirt with a soapy sponge. After you are satisfied with your work, rinse everything with water to remove the residues. Wipe with a towel and allow it to dry in the air. Do not place it under the sun.
For machine washing:
If you do not have time to do washing, then you may opt to put the mat inside the washing machine. Just remember to use a mild detergent and use the gentle cycle so as not to damage the piece. Do not do this often. Mats will only need to be clean every once in a while.
For quick drying:
Don’t put it in the dryer. Just wipe it with a towel and hang it somewhere to air dry. Or you can place a similarly sized towel on the surface, things up, and give it a good squeeze to force the water into the towel before drying.
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