How to Clean and Care for Your Yoga Mat

How to Clean and Care for Your Yoga Mat

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”

  • Lynne B
    by Lynne B

    I love the different ways you can customize the cleaner.

  • Ross
    by Ross

    Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  • Robyn Bellefleur
    by Robyn Bellefleur

    Thanks for the info, my mat is waaay dirtier than it should be.

  • Shakeia Rieux
    by Shakeia Rieux

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

  • Stephanie
    by Stephanie

    I love this blog

  • Priscilla Bryant
    by Priscilla Bryant

    I need a mat!

  • Jennifer
    by Jennifer

    Good to know!

  • Christina
    by Christina

    Thanks! And thanks for sharing your great posts every week!

  • Susan Maj
    by Susan Maj

    i do yoga with 3-5 year olds. it has even helped me with my balance1

  • Cheryl Bargo
    by Cheryl Bargo

    I love that it's made with all-natural ingredients.

  • Charu Nagarajan
    by Charu Nagarajan

    I put my mat in the washer and then air dry it

  • Jacqueline in Atlanta
    by Jacqueline in Atlanta

    I need to start doing this. Thanks!

  • Nancy Barton
    by Nancy Barton

    Wow, very informative. Thank you for such useful information.

  • Jayci Sadio
    by Jayci Sadio

    Great tips, thank you!

  • Rajee Pandi
    by Rajee Pandi

    Love to learn more

  • Rosanne
    by Rosanne

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


    wow i never knew there was a such things thanks for the info

  • Diana M
    by Diana M

    nice blog, thanks

  • Logan Johnson
    by Logan Johnson

    This was needed today!

  • Kelly Hanley
    by Kelly Hanley

    Thank you for this!! I was unsure how to clean my yoga mat!

  • Nancy Barton
    by Nancy Barton

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas on how to keep my mat clean.

  • Logan Johnson
    by Logan Johnson

    Going to try this out today

  • Lynn Tereba
    by Lynn Tereba

    I never thought to use aromatherapy oils to clean my mats before but I will now.

  • Renee
    by Renee

    Lots of great tips and info. Will come in handy for my daughter & her yoga mat.

  • Kristin Moore
    by Kristin Moore

    What awesome tips!

  • Lynn Tereba
    by Lynn Tereba

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

  • Grace Chen
    by Grace Chen

    Thanks for the tips , very useful

  • Jessica Harrington
    by Jessica Harrington

    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

  • MD Kennedy
    by MD Kennedy

    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!

  • Lynne B
    by Lynne B

    This sounds like a perfect product for yoga!

  • Karen Kane
    by Karen Kane

    Thank you for the great info

  • Calvin
    by Calvin

    Great using, a natural cleaner is good for disinfecting too

  • Mary
    by Mary

    great info!

  • Donna Cliifford
    by Donna Cliifford

    great tips. Thanks! :)

  • Scott Maxwell
    by Scott Maxwell


  • Deb E
    by Deb E

    I love that you can use it for other uses too. I have several yoga mats I can use it on though.

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