A couple years ago, I received a great birthday gift from a very special friend. It was my yoga mat.
Since then I have used it almost every week for yoga and it has been one of the best gifts yet! But recently I have worried that my mat may be a little germ infested and need some cleaning. In the past I have always wiped it down with a mild cleanser but this time I thought maybe I needed a deeper clean.
This afternoon I took my yoga mat out of my car which is were I usually keep it, and put it in my washing machine to wash it. I was nervous about what would happen but I thought it might be worth a shot.
I set the washing machine to hand wash, put in a tiny bit of my detergent, turned off the spin cycle and set it to go. And it WORKED!
Once the machine was done washing, I pulled out my mat and toweled it off a bit to get the excess water off and then hung it up to dry.
I don't think I will be able to use my mat for my usual Monday yoga class tomorrow afternoon, but at least my mat is clean now. It should be dry in a few days and hopefully to go for my usual Pilates class Saturday morning.
Before attempting, I did some research and found information about how to clean a yoga mat in the washing machine. I did not put my mat in the dryer and would not recommend it.