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When did you last clean your yoga mat?
Why would a yoga mat need cleaning?
A yoga mat is a good breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria that can cause various skin problems or even warts or staph infections. Yeahh, that sounds just awful, but all sorts of bacteria transfer from you and your surroundings onto the mat. So, the bacteria feed on the organic residues and the sweat we exude during the sessions; if not cleaned away bacteria feed on those, and since the yoga mat is a cozy, moist, sweaty, and rolled up space, bacteria can multiply like crazy in there. You might wanna bring your own yoga mat to the gym from now on!
How do you clean a yoga mat?
First, check the instructions with the brand you bought your mat from. Since there are various types of materials, there are a few different ways to clean a mat.
How we do it: spray some yoga mat cleaner directly on your yoga mat and wipe it with a moist cloth. You can use a dry towel to wipe the mat dry before storing it away or leave it open to dry.
Our yoga mat cleaner has a lavender fragrance. Lavender is known to have a balancing, relaxing, and invigorating effect, and it smells absolutely gorgeous.
When should you replace your yoga mat?
As soon as the mat has developed, dented and sagging sections, usually where you put your feet and hands. It turns into a slippery slope, and when it starts to smell, that is a good indicator that you need to change your mat.
Yoga mats are made from various materials. Below are just a few.
• TPE mats - Thermoplastic Elastomers, a new form of synthetic rubber that contains no toxins and no latex, and it is recyclable. This is a completely eco-friendly material.
• PVC - synthetic plastic polymer - synthetic material commonly used in the production of thermoplastics; it’s water-resistant and strong.
• Natural rubber - no toxins and completely biodegradable. It’s 100% eco-friendly.
• Cork - no toxins, no rubber, recyclable, and biodegradable.
• NBR - synthetic rubber; very durable but hazardous to the environment.
• EVA - Ethylene Vinyl Acetate is a variant of foam. It’s cheap but full of chemicals.
• Jute - vegetable fiber, 100% natural and biodegradable.