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Here’s How to Clean Your Yoga Mat + Accessories (Step-by-Step Guide)

Do you know how to clean your yoga mat? It’s ok if you answer no because you are not alone! We get asked this question a lot, so we decided to write an article about it. 🙂

Some yoga practitioners don’t realize they should clean their yoga mats on a regular basis. And even more aren’t sure how to clean their yoga mat or accessories like blocks, bolsters and other props, and also their yoga clothing.

Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to clean a yoga mat, blocks, bolsters, and clothes.


Here’s How to Clean a Yoga Mat (And Yoga Accessories):

If you haven’t cleaned your yoga mat in a while, you may find yourself feeling distracted during your practice. So to fully embrace a soothing yoga practice, start by cleaning your yoga accessories!

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1. Yoga Mat

Dirt or sweat-stained yoga mats can make your workout less relaxing than it should be.

Follow these steps to clean your yoga mat, and be sure to focus on areas of your mat that your feet and hands touch often.

Let’s try it:

  • In a spray bottle, mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of water
  • Combine with 10-15 drops of citrus or tea tree essential oil
  • Spritz your mat with the solution
  • Wipe your mat with a washcloth
  • Let your mat air dry
  • Once your mat dries, roll it up

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2. Yoga Blocks

If your yoga blocks are dirty or smelly, they can divert your attention during your workout.

For those who use cork or wood blocks, simply clean them with a wet washcloth. If you use other kinds of blocks, you’ll want to follow these steps.

Let’s try it:

  • In a bowl, mix warm water with a couple drops of dish soap
  • Dampen a washcloth with the mixture
  • Use the washcloth to gently remove stains and smells



3. Yoga Bolsters

Yoga bolsters are meant to promote relaxation, but stains and grime can make them less calming.

Use these tips to clean your yoga bolster and help alleviate your distractions.

Let’s try it:

  • Take off the cotton cover on the bolster
  • Wash the cover in the washing machine on cold
  • Air dry the cover
  • Once the cover dries, put it back on the pillow


4. Yoga Clothes

To keep your workout leggings and tops as fresh as possible, it’s important to know how to clean them.

Try out these tips to help your yoga clothes last longer and keep you focused during your workout.

Let’s try it:

  • In a large tub, mix four parts water with one part distilled vinegar
  • Soak your clothes in the mixture for 15 minutes
  • Rinse the solution out of your clothes
  • Put your clothes in the washing machine and choose delicate settings
  • To remove any odors, sprinkle on baking soda and use laundry detergent


Now You Know How to Clean a Yoga Mat (and Other Yoga Props)!

Before starting your next yoga routine, be sure to take some time to clean your accessories.

By simply following these tips, you’ll be able to keep your yoga gear fresh and enjoy a more relaxing workout.

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Heather Ayer

Heather Ayer is a content creator who develops helpful and compelling stories. Her passion for digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to lifestyle. She calls Syracuse, NY home and enjoys board games, concerts, and traveling in her spare time.

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