Yoga mats are the ultimate breeding ground for germs. They’re exposed to sweat, oil and dirt on a regular basis, which explains why they get grimy and smelly very quickly. Studies show that yoga mats can carry over 100,000 types of bacteria when left untreated. The spongy material that mats are made with capture and hold onto sweat and moisture, providing the perfect environment for bacteria to spread and cause skin infections and viruses. Whether you practice at home or in a studio, it’s essential to establish a cleaning and disinfection routine using a sports equipment or yoga mat disinfectant spray like Clear Gear.
Here are a few tips for keeping yoga mats clean.
Cover Your Feet
Always wear socks or make sure your feet are clean before you use your mat. While this doesn’t stop other bodily germs from spreading, it’s a step in the right direction.
Whether you take a hot yoga class or practice at home, it’s important to clean your mat with a yoga mat disinfectant spray after each use.
Spray your mat with a non-bleach disinfectant like Clear Gear that won’t damage or harm the material or diminish your mat’s color and appearance. Let this powerful EPA-registered disinfectant sit for a minute so that it can kill 99.9% of germs, including COVID-19, while destroying odors. Use a Clear Gear disinfectant wipe or a microfiber cloth to wipe the mat from top to bottom, paying special attention to dirty spots. Clean both sides of your yoga mat, using a circular motion as you wipe. Let the mat dry thoroughly before putting it away.
Use Non-Bleach Disinfectant
Avoid using harsh chemicals to disinfect your mat—especially considering you lie down on it regularly. Use a non-bleach disinfectant like Clear Gear to kill germs without damaging your mat. What’s great about Clear Gear is that is doesn’t contain ammonia, peroxide or alcohol either, so it won’t leave behind noxious fumes or residue that can cause skin irritation.
After you finish using a mat, sweep, clean and disinfect the floor beneath it. This will help remove the germs left behind by your mat.
Regular disinfection is a must for preventing odors and infections so that you can stay healthy and in great shape. Click through to learn more about our bleach-free yoga mat disinfectant spray!