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Clean your mat!

February 27, 2010

Because you don’t want to be the stinky student or teacher.

Did you know?

Mats that are properly cleaned and maintained prevent dirt and debris from building up that can cause illness, skin conditions, and allergies?

Whether it’s a mild stink or a supreme stank, we’ve got you covered with some great tips below…

Mild Stink/Dark Spots:

-If your mat is lightly soiled, apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap and rub the soiled areas. Rinse mat with clean water and hang to dry.

-Or use a tsp. of baking soda to about two cups of warm water and rub soiled areas. Rinse mat with clean water and hang to dry.

Stinky/Spots have become a part of the mat

Give your mat a bath!

-Add a few drops of mild detergent to a bath of cool or warm water. Submerge your mat and scrub with a cloth or sponge. Then, rinse the mat well (to avoid a slippery mat post-wash) and remove it from the tub. To get rid of excess moisture and speed the drying process, place a towel on each side of your mat and roll it up. Then dry your mat by hanging it over the tub, a clothesline, or we have found that the railings on a fire escape work wonders!

The Ultimate Stank/Not even close to the original color

-One final method for dealing with a dirty mat is to throw it into the washing machine on the gentle cycle with a little detergent and cold water.  (not recommended for Manduka mats). Sangha tip: If you wash your mat at a Laundromat, make sure to bring a plastic bag with you to transport home because it will be soaked with water!

Then, dry your mat by rolling it with a towel or two as mentioned above, and let it rest overnight. In the morning, unroll your mat and hang it to finish drying.

-To clean your Manduka mat… Create a solution of 50% water and 50% organic cider vinegar solution, spray on your mat and wipe with cloth or sponge.


If you still can’t get rid of the scent or discoloration it’s time for a new mat.

Our favorites are the eco-friendly Jade and Manduka (both have mat recycling programs).  Stay away from PVC!  Find out why.  Here’s a list of creative ways to reuse your old mat.

Happy Practicing!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 5:13 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! Hate using mats that are not perfectly clean.

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