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SPY Guide: How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

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* Safe, effective cleaning products to make your yoga mat smell fresh again
* Choose from easy-to-use wipes or cleaning liquids
* Make sure you’re wiping down your mat after each class

Whether you’re just starting your yoga journey or you’ve been a yogi for years, one thing that can never be underestimated is the importance of your mat. Ever-present since day one, this trusty companion has seen it all – every stretch, every fall, every tear and every single drop of sweat, too.

That’s why looking after your mat and keeping it clean is so important. Not only does cleaning your mat help it to smell fresh, it can also prolong its life and keep it free from unwanted bacteria build-ups.

It may seem simple enough to throw your mat into the washing machine, but the rough tumbling motion can cause damage or even tear your mat. It’s really best to keep to topical treatments. Below you’ll find three great options for keeping your mat in tip top condition, while you keep your body in tip top condition, too.

1. Wipex Natural Fitness Equipment Wipes

At 7 by 9 inches, these large wipes are ideal for giving your yoga mat a once over. They are soaked in a mixture of vinegar and lavender essential oil, which doesn’t just leave your mat clean, it gives it a delightfully fresh smell, too. The easy-to-carry canister comes with 75 individual wipes. There are plenty of extras, because you know everyone else in your yoga class is going to want one too. And you can also use these for cleaning the rest of your fitness gear, whether it’s professional or at home equipment.

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2. Manduka Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner

The Manduka Mat Cleaner is made from a range of organic essential oils, which can be applied directly onto your mat or via a separate cloth. This effective mat cleaner has a biodegradable formula that’s better for the environment than your average mat cleaner. Plus, it’s available in a range of bottle sizes and in a choice of 5 scents, including lavender, ginger-grass, sage and citrus and lemongrass.

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3. Clean Flawless Yoga Mat Cleaner

A two-in-one package, this Clean Flawless Mat Cleaner comes with its very own microfiber cloth. To clean your mat, simply spray the liquid over your mat and then use the towel to wipe it over. Alternatively, leave the liquid to naturally air dry. The cleaning liquid is available with a lavender or citrus scent. If you are sensitive to scent, you can order the Clean Flawless formula in an unscented version. In addition, this cleaning liquid is made with entirely natural ingredients, which means it’s safe to use around your family and pets, too.

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