How to clean yoga mats?

Sorry did not know in which category this belongs.

I have a Manduka Pro Long yoga mat and was wondering how y’all clean your yoga mats? I saw that the company where I bought mine has special cleaning soap. But was wondering if that’s really necessary. My mat was the second most expensive mat that I could find. So I want to keep it in good condition.

Hand wipe it with warm water and gentle soap.


Sorry, what kind of soap?

The one that is used for hands or dishes?

Either one would work, as they are not abrasive.

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I have a Manduka Pro. I make a concoction of apple cider vinegar, water and a few drops of tea tree oil. I keep it in a spray bottle and I spritz the mat after I use it, then I wipe it down with a clean, soft cloth. I bought my mat in 2012 and it looks as good as the day I got it. :+1:t2:

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The Manduka is made of materials that don’t trap bacteria (at least that’s how it was marketed), so it shouldn’t trap anything you clean it with. I have one of those and a few others from Gaiam. Typically what I use is some rubbing alcohol on a rag and then rub down my mats with the wet rag/towel. I took the practice from my local gym, and it seems to work pretty well.

If I’m trying to do something related to spirit work, I use either a cleansing oil from my local pagan shop or Florida Water. I find using something a little extra after the initial cleaning with alcohol 1) smells great and 2) feels like it takes any negative energy away from the pad.