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How to Wash Your Yoga Mat

If you've lost the manufacturer's directions or aren't sure who made your yoga mat, here's a primer from Sara Chambers, founder of Hugger Mugger yoga products.

By Donna Raskin

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If your mat is lightly soiled, use a spray bottle, damp sponge, or terry cloth rag to apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap. Rub the soiled areas. Wipe the mat with clean water; then rub with a dry terry cloth towel. Hang to air dry.

If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent; use very little soap as any residue may cause the mat to become slippery during future use. Thoroughly hand wash the mat and rinse in clean water. After squeezing out the excess water, lay the mat on a dry towel and roll the mat and towel together. Stepping on the rolled up mat will squeeze more moisture out of the mat and into the towel. Then unroll and hang to air dry.

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Jocelyn

One part vinegar, 2 parts water & some lavendar oil to freshen

roberta p

I wash mine in the washing machine...with a couple other items, and regular detergent. then drip dry over a chair or on deck

Tracy

My yoga teacher taught me that a mat can actually be washed in a front-loading washing machine. Just use a very small amount of a mild laundry soap and cold water, and the fastest spin cycle to get the water out. The towel rolling trick will help get more of the excess water out as well. Hang to dry. Easy peasy!

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