How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

Yoga may help you lead a “cleaner” life, but have you thought about actually cleaning your yoga mat?

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Yoga may help you lead a “cleaner” life, but have you thought about actually cleaning your yoga mat? If you are like many yogis, cleaning your mat after your practice is an after thought that usually doesn’t get addressed. But between the sweat and all the germs hanging out at your studio or gym, cleaning your mat should become a priority. Fitsugar.com offers yogis an easy DIY cleaning suggestion — water infused with tea tree or lavender oil. The oils have many benefits:

[pull_quote]Using tea tree and lavender oils is a great eco-friendly way to keep your gym equipment germ-free because of antibacterial, antifungal, and tension-relieving properties; tea tree oil has been used to treat poison ivy and acne, and the scent of lavender oil can help you relax. [/pull_quote]

So after your next yoga practice, spritz your mat with this solution and wipe down. Your mat will say Namaste.

Source: Fitsugar.com

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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