How to Clean and Care for Your Yoga Mat

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Last Updated on May 28, 2018 by uts_admin

Yoga is an amazing way to workout. We love it because it not only takes care of your body, but it promotes mindfulness and helps you relax and renew. However, because it is a workout, our yoga mats can get pretty beat up. Between picking up dirt and dust off the floor and collecting sweat, they can become very dirty, very quickly. This is why it’s important to make cleaning your yoga mat with a yoga mat spray, part of every workout.

What is yoga mat spray?

Yoga mat spray is specifically formulated to help remove the dirt and sweat from your yoga mat, and to penetrate the fibers with antimicrobial agents to help prevent the build up of germs and mold that can cause odors or spread disease. Yoga mat cleaners come in a wide variety of options, but there are some things you should always look for when choosing your yoga mat cleaner:

  • Is it made with all-natural ingredients? Yoga is a deeply spiritual practice, so you don’t want harmful chemicals interfering with your health and mindfulness.
  • Is it easy to use? We love using sprays because they fit in your workout bag, meaning you never forget them, and are ready-mixed making them easy and convenient to use.

We also like using cleaners infused with essential oils, these not only harness the cleaning power of nature, but also help give your workout an aromatherapy boost.

How to choose the right yoga mat cleaner

Although you can find plenty of options online, when you really look at the ingredients of the most popular yoga mat sprays, they are not always truly natural.

The best yoga mat cleaner needs to be convenient. There’s no point buying a cleaner that you keep forgetting to use or often end up skipping because you are in a rush or tired. Choose one that is compact, so it fits right in your bag with your other workout equipment and is always there at the end of each workout. Also make sure it is easy-to-use like Utama Spice sprays that only require a few sprays before your roll up the mat. They are ready to go at all times with no need to mix or dilute ingredients.

Utama Spice yoga mat sprays are all natural, portable, and come in three varieties to match your style of yoga practice:

  • Yoga Mat Spray Lavender: Designed to help with relaxation, our lavender yoga mat spray is perfect for those who do yoga to decompress and unwind.
  • Yoga Mat Spray Energizing: Our energizing yoga mat spray is perfect for those looking to strengthen their bodies by increasing energy.
  • Yoga Mat Spray Supa Dupa: Our Supa Dupa spray has a traditional fragrance ideal for those who want to enhance the spiritual practice of yoga.

How to clean your yoga mat

Cleaning your mat with a yoga mat cleaner is easy. After you’ve finished your workout, spraying a light layer across the surface of the mat. Let it set for a moment so it can absorb and unlock the antimicrobial properties. Then wipe off. It’s that simple!

How do you take care of your yoga mat? Do you have a story of the worst yoga mat you have seen? Share in the comments below.
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36 thoughts on “How to Clean and Care for Your Yoga Mat

  1. Shakeia Rieux says:

    These are great tips, and very helpful! I didn’t know about the yoga mat cleaner.

  2. Rosanne says:

    I never cleaned my mat because I figured I was the only person using it. Now I understand why it is important to do

  3. Lynn Tereba says:

    I don’t have a story of worst looking yoga mat but have smelled the worst mat at one of my yoga classes.

  4. Jessica Harrington says:

    I’m guilty of not cleaning my yoga mat often enough, eeep! The tips in this article have inspired me to do a better job, haha

  5. MD Kennedy says:

    I usually use Windex to clean my mat but that is probably way too harsh (and doesn’t smell really great). I guess I need a change!

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