Yoga at home woman rolling exercise mat in living room of house or apartment condo for morning wellness yoga practice.

From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

Germy yoga mats can be a health hazard. Bacteria can grow in warm, moist environments and love to live in your mat’s porous material.

Yoga mats should be cleaned after every use to keep dirt and sweat from lingering and prolong your mat’s life.

You can create your own mat cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, combine:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 drops tea tree oil (a natural antibacterial and antifungal essential oil)

Shake the solution well, then spray thoroughly on both sides of your mat. Wipe your mat down with a cotton towel and let dry completely.

If your mat needs a deep clean, do this:

  • Hose it down outside or rinse it in your shower.
  • Use a few drops of mild dish soap on a sponge, and scrub gently.
  • Rinse thoroughly — soap residue can compromise your mat’s fibers.
  • Hang it to dry for at least 24 hours.

The VEBA Resource Center offers 1-hour virtual Yoga Flow classes, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 pm, featuring Vinyasa Flow, a contemporary yoga style that incorporates movements that are synchronized with breath. Grab your clean yoga mat and register here.