How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

Because inhaling dirt and bacteria takes away from your zen space.

If you associate with being a yogi, it's likely that your yoga mat has become your second home and trusted companion.

You've cried on it, slept on it, worked out on it, and brought it with you to the gym, park, studio, and various rooms of your house. When you're not at work, you can be found on your mat. But when was the last time you gave it a nice natural cleaning?

Many yoga mats have little holes or grooves, which become perfect homes for bacteria and organisms to live in, "especially if you're sweating and you're providing a very nice environment of warm saline, which comes from your skin," Robert Lahita, PhD, professor of medicine at Rutgers School of Medicine, tells Elle.

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Most times these organisms are invisible to the naked eye, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. While doing yoga, your hands, feet, face, and cheeks have direct contact with your mat, which transfers the germs onto your body, in addition to those that you inhale.

Rid your mat of these bacteria before your next vinyasa with this all-natural DIY cleaning solution from The Chopra Center:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.
  2. Spritz over your mat and let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Wipe mat with a cloth. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Let your mat air-dry.

Now go get your om on.

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