How I Clean My Yoga Mats

I’ve been doing yoga for over 1.5 years though I skipped for some months in between and sometimes don’t do it regularly. I need yoga mat not only because I like to go to yoga classes but also because bare floor is too hard for my skin and bones. I’ve had four yoga mats so far, with different thickness, brand and materials. I dont like using yoga studios’ mats even if the yoga studio is clean and provides mat cleaner after use. Hence, the cleanliness of yoga mat is important for me as we sweat or put lotion before practice and it drips off to the mat. Smelly mat is a big No-No, imagine when you’re doing caturrangga and child poses and your nose is exposed to a stinky mat. Yuck!

Cleaning mat regularly even when you dont use it is essential as dirt and dust cant also stick on the mat during storage in your trunk or closet. If you already invested in a good expensive mat, better know how to properly clean it, otherwise your mat won’t last as long. A thorough cleaning may be needed when the mat starts to smell bad. But I personally choose to ALWAYS clean my mats after use regularly rather than soak or machine wash them, because the spinning can tear delicate materials. Then I just air-dry it for about 15 mins before rolling it up. It’s better to directly clean the mat after use instead of waiting until it gets really dirty, because sometimes the dirt can be very difficult to clean after some time. My Reebok PVC yoga mat for instance, until now it has brown dirt at some parts even after I cleaned it out with brush.

I have two PVC mats, one TPE and my favorite towel-like surface mat from Yoga Design Lab. Every material should be treated differently. I’ve never used brush on my TPE and towel-like mats, only on PVC ones and not so often.
What I use to clean my mats:

1. Wipes
First I wipe it with wet tissue or just wet soft fabrics. Actually body wipes are not the best to use eventhough it sounds like the simplest go-to cleaner, because the materials in it that’s made for human body may contain chemicals and soap that is too harsh for mats. Actuall wipes that’s specially made for yoga mats is the best choice, but it’s too expesive for me and not easy to find in Indonesia. Usually I use wet clean soft cotton fabrics to wipe it before spraying yoga mat cleaner. But if I go to yoga classes, I use just non-perfumed wet tissue.

2. Yoga Mat Spray

Then I spray my mat deliberately with yoga mat spray from Utama Spice that I got as a gift from the brand for my video review (read my review here–red). I usually also make my own yoga mat spray with these ingredients:

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup water

3 to 5 drops of essential oil

Avoid harsh cleaners like commercial kitchen and bathroom solutions when treating your mats. Not only it’s gonna be bad for the mat, but also for your skin. Choose essential oil fragrance that helps to calm your mind when practice.


Yoga Mat Sprays by Utama Spice

IMG_1133It’s very important to keep your yoga mat clean especially if you practice with it often. Not only that the fresh aromatherapeutic smell can energise you but also that you don’t want to get breakouts on your face as a result of a dirty mat.

When I did yoga in Bali, I noticed that almost all the yogis always clean the mats (whether the ones they brought or provided by the studios) before and after use. Most yoga studios provided yoga mat sprays, which is very different from yoga studios and gyms I’ve been to in Lampung and West Sumatra. In fancy gyms I went to, the mats are cleaned by the gym staffs weekly with brush and soaps which can damage the mats obviously. Regular yoga studios also don’t provide any yoga mat cleaning sprays. It feels gross to me that’s why I’d rather use my own. But if you’re a mobile person and do yoga while travelling, bringing your own yoga mat could be a bit troublesome. Using studio’s mats is one easier option. For that reason, having a go-to yoga mat spray could be the solution.

I made my own yoga mat spray with the how-to I learned from the internet, minus the essential oils because I couldn’t find them in West Sumatra. Sometimes I only use wet tissue to clean my mats. But was curious to try this Utama Spice’s Supa Dupa Yoga Mat Spray when I was in Bali because the brand’s other beauty products have stolen my heart and it was not pricey, only Rp 47.000 (US 4$). Then I got a gift package from Utama Spice after I made a review video, so now I have two more yoga mat sprays from Utama Spice; Energizing and Lavender.

I gotta say if compared to my homemade yoga mat sprays, these sprays by Utama Spice smell so much relaxing. It affects my practice and sooth my mind as they’re blended with essential oils. Out of the three variants, my favorite is the Energizing one meanwhile Supa Dupa that I bought is too strong for my nose, that I have to let it dry for some minutes before use to reduce the strong scent.

I have mentioned about this 100% natural beauty brand before in my previous post. It’s super quick and easy to clean your mat with this. You just need to spray it on (spray at about a 15-20 cm distance) wait for like 10 seconds for the spray to settle and then wipe it with paper towel or simply let it dry. What I like is the size that’s so travel friendly and portable.

Even though I like these yoga mat sprays, I don’t think I will repurchase after I finish all of them. Not because I dont like them, I do like them a lot, but I use yoga mat sprays often, I am too stingy to spend regularly on my yoga mat cleaning, haha. I already have essential oils by Utama Spice, so I’d prefer to create my own like I did before, but this time it will smell better coz I will use essential oils!