Lululemon is a well-known brand specializing in a variety of apparel and exercise gear, mainly for women. One of the things this brand is known for is its yoga gear.
Yoga pants are always a talking point, but that’s not what we are here for today. We want to talk about how to clean that sweaty and stinky yoga mat that you bought from Lululemon. It’s not overly complicated, but it is something that you will want to do regularly.
The Best and Easiest Way to Clean a Yoga Mat
Although some yoga mats can be pretty expensive, they aren’t always that durable. Although it can resist a lot of weight, pressure, and bending, the foam doesn’t handle scrubbing too well.
For this reason, if your yoga mat is filthy, avoid scrubbing it with something like a harsh dish sponge or a brush with stiff bristles; you will tear your yoga mat to shreds if you do this.
Instead, to get your yoga mat clean, all you need is a bit of warm water, some dish soap, and a microfiber towel. Put a bit of soap onto the mat, apply some warm water, and gently rub it down with the microfiber cloth or towel. Other towels, old rags, or even a t-shirt will do fine too, just nothing abrasive.
When you do this, even with something non-abrasive, don’t scrub too hard because you want to keep the stickiness of the mat intact. Yoga mats are made to be just a little bit sticky, so you don’t end up sliding around on it and so that it doesn’t slide on the ground. Scrub it too hard when cleaning it, and you will make it slippery.
Thoroughly clean both sides of the yoga mat. Finally, always let it air dry. Don’t try using any heating methods to dry it. Wet foam mats and high temperatures usually don’t mix too well.
What About the Washing Machine?
There are some yoga mat brands whose products can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, although these are rare. As far as we know, Lululemon yoga mats are not machine washable. Now, on the off chance that we missed something, and there are machine washable Lululemon yoga mats out there, in all honestly, we would not recommend trying it.
Foam doesn’t hold up well in the washing machine. The gentle and cold cycle is the best way to go, but the washing machine’s fast spinning motion won’t do your yoga mat much good. Unless you have no other option, avoid machine washing a yoga mat, and do not put it in the dryer.
Disinfecting Your Yoga Mat
Washing and cleaning a Lululemon yoga mat is one option, but what about disinfecting it to get rid of all germs and smells? You should avoid using any kind of harsh sanitizer.
You don’t want to use any kind of hand sanitizer, or Clorox wipes on these foam yoga mats. You will quite literally melt them.
Harsh chemicals and yoga mats don’t mix. Instead, use natural disinfectants such as tea tree oil, something you will find in almost every yoga studio for this purpose.
A Bit of Prevention Goes a Long Way
To prevent your yoga mat from getting sweaty, dirty, and stinky in the first place, you can always use a yoga towel. It’s a special non-slip towel designed just for this purpose to keep your yoga mat clean.
Even just wiping down your yoga mat with a damp towel or cloth after every use will help. If you don’t want your yoga mat getting too dirty, it would probably help if you are also as clean as possible.
When it comes down to it, all you really need is some warm water, soap, a towel, and a bit of common sense.