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Tips to Caring for Your Yoga Mat


Caring for your beautiful new mat is key to ensuring the longest life from your mat. Proper care helps maintain it’s material performance and comfort as well. And remember that caring for your mat is part of caring for you and your practice!

Some general do’s and don’ts of proper mat care:

*Do not place in washing machine or submerge your mat.

*Do not use soap for cleaning, it will compromise the material.

*Do not leave it in direct sunlight.

Here’s a general all natural essential oil based mat cleaning recipe.

*Check with the manufacturer of your mat on the use of essential oils with your mat type.

Combine the following in small opaque spray bottle and use with damp cotton cloth to clean and freshen your yoga mat:

1/2 cup distilled water

Vinegar or Witch-hazel, optional

5  drops tea tree oil

3 drops eucalyptus oil (or lavender)

For Manduka Mats: wipe down with  Manduka’s Natural Rubber Mat Wash. Refer to Manduka web site for detailed care instructions for each mat type.


Lori Ball
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