How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

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How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

How To Clean & Disinfect Your Yoga Mat & Equipment

There’s no question that COVID-19 has changed the way we live and practice. In answer to the heightened concerns about mat and equipment hygiene, we’ve worked with our scientists and studios to develop the following guidelines for how to clean your yoga mat and equipment the right way.

Even outside of a pandemic, it’s still important to know how to clean your yoga mat properly.

Know Your Mat Before You Clean & Disinfect It

Understanding the different materials used in our Manduka mats is important, as there are different methods needed to deep clean them.  

  • PRO Series – PRO, PROlite, PRO Travel – These mats are made using a closed cell material, meaning nothing can be absorbed into the mat, and the mat can be cleaned thoroughly on the surface every time.  

  • eKO Series – eKO, eKO Lite, eKO SL – These mats are made  of a natural rubber, also a closed cell material. These mats can also be easily cleaned and disinfected, but need to be dried properly.  

  • GRP Series   GRP, GRP Lite, Adapt – These mats are made from an open cell PU and rubber construction.  Their goal is to absorb moisture and provide maximum grip as they get wet, so thoroughly cleaning these mats requires the most attention and care because this material is very absorbent.

  • Entry Series –  Manduka X, Begin & Welcome Mats – These mats are made using a TPE closed cell material, meaning nothing can be absorbed into the mat, and the mat can be cleaned thoroughly on the surface every time.


    How To Clean the Yoga Mat

    For a quick disinfect:

    While we are busy perfecting our Manduka Botanical Cleaner (due out at the end of this year) here are some other disinfectants we recommend in the meantime:

    1. Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Spray 

    2. Lysol Spray Cleaner

    3. Clorox Spray Cleaner

    With all three of these options, length of time on the mat and proper rinsing is key. The cleaner must remain on the mat for approximately 5 minutes to do its job, and you must thoroughly rinse afterwards to remove as much of the product as possible, since skin irritation and/or respiratory difficulties may occur. Please be sure to carefully follow all directions listed on the cleaner’s packaging.

    Note:  This process works for Pro Mats, eKO mats, Manduka X, Begin & Welcome Mats. Mats designed to absorb moisture (GRP series) should never be treated with disinfectant as the liquid will be absorbed into the mat and then cannot be thoroughly cleaned out.


    How to Deep Clean Your Yoga Mat:

    How to Clean Pro Mats, eKO mats, Manduka X, Begin and Welcome Mats:

    1. Lay your mat out on a flat surface.

    2. Mix approx 4 cups of WARM water (hot water may damage the mat) and a few drops of a mild detergent like Woolite (do not over soap!)

    3. Dip a rag into the soapy water, then thoroughly wash the mat from top to bottom. 

    4. Make sure to wipe the mat down with plenty of clean warm water to remove any soap residue.

    5. Wipe the mat with a clean, dry towel.

    6. Repeat on bottom side.

    7. Allow to air dry until the mat is entirely dry. Do not roll or store mat away while still wet.


    How to clean GRP yoga mats: 

    1. Submerge mat in bathtub filled with a shallow layer of warm water (NOT HOT!) Add approximately 1 TBSP of Woolite or other gentle detergent (again, do not over soap!)

    2. Allow the mat to soak for 5 minutes, then lightly scrub with a soft cloth. 

    3. Repeat on bottom side.

    4. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the mat with clean warm water to remove all soap residue. This is very important as these mats are super absorbent and may hold onto the soap.

    5. Wipe the mat clean on both sides with a dry towel.

    6. Allow to air dry 24-48 hours (or until completely dry) before re-rolling mat. Do not roll or store mat away while still wet.

    What about Props? How to Clean Yoga Accessories

    While pillow and bolster covers - as well as straps-  may be washed in a washing machine, the easiest way to disinfect your other props (especially blocks) is to use the process listed above in the “quick disinfect” section.


    Can you clean a yoga mat with Lysol/Clorox wipes

    In order for a disinfectant to be effective, the entire surface needs to be visibly wet for a certain period of time (in the case of Lysol or Clorox, it’s 4 to 5 minutes). This may be difficult to achieve with a small wipe on a large surface like your yoga mat as the chemicals on the wipe evaporate very quickly. Also, you absolutely must rinse your mat off and wipe it clean to remove as much of the product as possible. Many people experience mild to severe allergic reactions after prolonged skin contact with these chemical disinfectants. 

    How often should you disinfect your mat? (Not just clean it) 

    This is a great question. Generally speaking, you only want to disinfect your yoga mat when you feel it has been exposed to germs. If you are practicing at home and no one in your home is sick, you really don’t need to disinfect your mat very often. Having said that, given the current asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, disinfecting once a week is probably a good idea. If you are venturing back out into studios, you should disinfect your mat (both front and back) after every class.

    Can I use bleach on my mat?

    We do NOT recommend bleach. That is one of the harshest cleaners both for the mat and for the user. We would recommend using one of the EPA approved disinfectants listed above, following all the directions for use, and making sure to thoroughly rinse the mat afterwards. Steer clear of solvent based products or harsh chemicals as these will degrade the mat.

    Can I wash my mat in the washing machine?

    No. The most effective clean you can give your mat is by hand with a soft cloth with the appropriate cleaning solution. A washing machine will damage your mat and cause rapid aging.

    For other questions please email us at or visit our help center




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