If you’re anything like me, you love to stay in shape, but you don’t like bulking up with incredibly strenuous and more-cardiac-focused exercises. This is why yoga is such a great way to stay in shape! Yoga requires relatively little space, and little equipment. Most times, you can do yoga with just your mat, and your video if you’re using one. Those mats, however, after a great deal of use can get pretty dirty! Here are some earth-friendly tips for cleaning your yoga mat!
Good Old Fashioned Soap and Water
If your mat won’t be damaged by the use of water, consider just using some good old fashioned soap and water. The best soaps to use, would be natural, biodegradable soaps. You might consider trying just some natural dish soap (try Seventh Generation’s Natural Dish Liquid or perhaps some castile soaps, you can even make your own!) mixed with some warm water. Use a soft cloth or rag to wipe down the mat and scrub away any yuckies!
Avoid Using Paper Products
When you’re washing and scrubbing your yoga mat, avoid using paper products, like paper towels or tissues! These products consume a lot of natural resources and can only be used once! Instead, opt for rags, or soft cloths that can be washed and reused! You can recycle further by cutting up old clothing and sheets that are damaged or no longer usable, and use them for rags!
Use Natural Cleaning Supplies Around Your Home
Although it might seem that way, you don’t need to buy specially marked and designed cleaners in order to clean your yoga mat in a green way! You can easily clean your yoga mat with substances you already have around your home, such as lemon juice, or vinegar and even tea tree oil, which has antibacterial properties! Dilute these liquids with water and use them with a soft cloth to clean your mat!
Use Natural Cleaning Chemicals
If you’re the type of person that would rather shoot and spray with a bottle of cleaner, opt for natural cleaning supplies. Use these cleaners, along with a soft cloth or a rag to wipe and clean your yoga mat!
Keep Up With It!
Spring cleaning can be a hassle, but if you want to reduce the time you need to spend cleaning your yoga mat, try wiping it down with just a rag and warm water after each use! You might have to deep clean it later, but doing this will extend the time between cleanings!