Posted by: thehungryrunner | October 14, 2009

Cleaning your yoga mat: my step-by-step method

As a yoga instructor, it’s a question I receive often enough that I figured it might help to post how I go about cleaning my yoga mat.  I have actually read that it’s possible to put the mat in the washing machine, with a mild detergent and on a gentle setting (no spin cycle), but I have not worked up the nerve to try this one — I have these nightmares of the mat emerging from our still-fairly-new machine looking like it’s been through a cheese grater.

So here’s what I do when the mat is approaching that not-so-fresh feeling:

  1. Gather my tools:  mild soap, the yoga mat (duh), washcloth and 2 beach towels (or very large bath towels).
  2. Fill up bath tub (not real high) with warm water, adding about a capful of the soap I have used from the beginning:  Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (link), usually the peppermint scent.Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap:  Peppermint
  3. Place mat in soapy water, and run a washcloth over the surface of the mat to help remove embedded dirt.  Do this for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Drain the water with the mat still in the bathtub; fill bathtub now with tepid water (no soap), to begin rinsing mat.  Swirl mat around water for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Repeat step 3.
  6. Drain water and lift mat, wringing gently to remove excess water.
  7. Place a large towel on the floor, and the mat on top of the towel.  Place the other large towel on top of mat.
  8. Roll the towels and mat together, squeezing the roll to help further remove excess water from mat.
  9. Hang mat either on a drying rack (best) or over the shower door and let air dry, flipping the mat over after a few hours.  The length of time needed to dry will depend on how much air is circulating around the mat and how much water the mat soaked up in the first place.  To be safe, I usually set aside a day or two, just to ensure a thorough drying.
  10. Enjoy a clean yoga mat, ahhhh!


  1. nice methods for cleaning my mat .clean mat is necessary for healthy yoga style .

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  2. Will surely recommend this site to some friends! Very interesting site and articles. Really thankful for sharing. Regards,

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