The old style PVC mats, commonly referred to as “sticky mats” — and which we no longer sell — can be washed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle with a small amount of Woolite-type laundry detergent. Air dry, of course.
However, newer yoga mats, especially those made with natural rubber or otherwise being marketed as “eco” mats, may not hold up as well to the abuse that a washing machine provides. These mats should be sprayed and wiped with a gentle liquid cleaning mixture. There are several brands of “Yoga Mat Spray” which you could buy but all of them are ridiculously overpriced and none of them contain anything more than readily available inexpensive ingredients. We make our own yoga mat spray using the following formula:
To make one gallon:
- 8 oz alcohol
- 8 oz hydrogen peroxide
- 1/4 teaspoon lavender OR eucalyptus oil
- 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil
- fill the rest of the gallon with water
Adjust the quantities to your liking. Shake the mixture thoroughly before spraying, wipe with a clean, dry cloth and always air dry your mat. It’s best not to store them rolled up when they are damp.
Obviously, you can use this method on the sticky mats, too.