If you’re doing it correctly, the copious sweat should help to remove dangerous poisons from your body.
But, unfortunately, it would inevitably fill the mat after soaking your clothes throughout long bouts.
Bacteria and mould thrive in such a damp atmosphere, as you may already know. As a result, cleaning your mat after each lesson is an absolute must. If you’ve ever tried, you know how difficult it can be.
With this tutorial, you'll never again dread cleaning that sticky mat. I've found a solution that works for me, and I'm sure it'll do the trick for you as well.
Let’s get started!
Before we get into the cleaning process, it's essential to understand how washing a Lululemon mat differs from cleaning other brands.
Natural rubber and latex are used in the majority of Lululemon mats. It is for this reason that their cushioning is unrivalled.
In addition, Lululemon typically adds a polyurethane layer on top to absorb sweat and keep you from slipping during long yoga sessions.
To maintain their integrity, all of these materials require specific attention. That is why you should only use essential oils, vinegar, and other natural ingredients.
In general, you must wash all yoga mats shortly after each class. It is essential if you're doing hot yoga because the heat may have expanded the rubber or latex, which would sooner or later cause the mat to become cracked. In this state, it would be more challenging to clean properly.
The most popular Lululemon yoga mats are pretty simple to clean. Here are three excellent options:
Use a spray to clean your yoga mat.
If you don’t want to bother with messy powders or liquids, a spray is an excellent choice. Your mat will dry pretty quickly, and you’ll likely be able to use it immediately following the treatment.
I've found that using vinegar is the best option. It should kill any bacteria, and it works well against mould. Before spraying, your mat must be dry. Otherwise, it'll likely drop a little.
Squeaky Clean Yoga Mats make the most popular spray. It’s an all-natural product that’s free from chemicals that might damage your rubber or latex.
The solution will disinfect your mat, and it will also fix any odours that may arise from sweat or bacteria. I've found that it's easy to use and effective. In addition, it's scentless so that it won't interrupt your yoga session.
Can use natural disinfectants
You can use a variety of different natural disinfectants. We recommend using Australian eucalyptus oil spray, albeit with left behind a peculiar (though natural) odour.
These plant-based sprays are ideal for vegan yoga fans who want to clean their Lululemon Yoga mat without using commercial solvents or chemicals tested on animals.
What’s more, eucalyptus oil has powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s perfect for disinfecting since it won’t dissolve in water.
Once sprayed, you can use this essential oil for baby wipes or wash your hands to eliminate any possible threats. Of course, you should always keep a bottle of eucalyptus oil (or castile soap) on hand at home.
Use Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
You can also purchase these two essential oils separately and combine them after diluting them in a large amount of water.
Essentially, you're making an organic spray out of the natural healing smells and oils you presumably already have on hand.
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Lavender oil has proven soothing properties, and it helps to eliminate stress from the mind and body.
It's essential to clean your mat regularly with soap and water. The hot water will certainly kill any bacteria or mould that may appear.
However, you’ll want to dry your Lululemon mat well before storing it in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Let’s now look at a step-by-step process of cleaning a yoga mat!
Step 1: Get a Spray Bottle
Get a spray bottle and fill it with distilled white vinegar. The lavender essential oil is optional, and you can add it if you like, but it’s not required. However, lavender is better than any chemical because it’s natural.
Step 2: Prepare the Cleaning Solution
First, you should use distilled white vinegar to dilute the essential oil to make the solution. Once ready, mix it well with water. If desired, add two drops of lavender oil.
Step 3: Spray the Spray Solution
The spray should be applied to your yoga mat before it’s scorched and preferably before you begin your classes (if you’re doing hot yoga).
Step 4: Wipe the mat
Once the spray is applied, wipe down the mat with a clean, soft cloth.
Step 5: Let it air dry.
If you like, use a blow dryer, and let your yoga mat air dry for about 24 hours. You should do this before storing it away.
How to clean a lululemon yoga mat in a bathtub?
You can use a gentle shampoo or baby shampoo to clean your yoga mat.
How often should you clean your lululemon yoga mat?
You should do this once a week if you use it for hot yoga or twice a month for regular classes. If you are practising hot yoga, it is essential to remove the sticky sweat after your class quickly.
Otherwise, the chemicals on your suit may cause an unpleasant reaction, and you could experience some pain while in the water.
Step 1: Wipe the mat
Start with wiping the mat with a cloth. Ensure that you have used a clean and dry cloth not to transfer any bacteria or sweat.
Step 2: Get the tub ready and soak the mat.
You need to fill your tub with hot water and add some soap (if you like). It will help to remove all dirt and bacteria from your yoga mat. However, do not use boiling water, damaging your rubber or latex.
Step 3: Rinse the mat with water.
Rinsing your mat will help remove any soap from it and prevent damage to your rubber or latex.
Step 4: Squeeze the excess water out of your mat
Once you have rinsed the mat, you can squeeze it in both directions to remove excess water. In addition, it can prevent the rug from absorbing any bacteria from the water.
Step 5: Let it air dry.
Once you have removed all excess water, let your mat air-dry for about 24 hours (so it’s scorched). Alternatively, you can use a blow-dryer to speed up the process.
You should also ensure that your Lululemon mat is completely dry before storing it away, or else mould may develop in rainy conditions or when stored in humid areas.
When it is a new mat, you should promptly fold and keep it in plastic bags to prevent them from getting dusty or damaged by sunlight.
All in all, cleaning Lululemon Yoga Mat is not hard! Remember to follow these simple steps above when looking to clean your Lululemon Mat!
How often should you clean a lululemon yoga mat?
The frequency of mat washing will depend on how much you use your mat and the intensity of your classes.
For example, a hot yoga class will result in a great deal of sweat and, therefore, a greater need for cleaning.
If you are using your Lululemon Mat for Hot Yoga, we recommend cleaning it after each session. You can easily follow the steps listed above to clean your lululemon Mat.
Cleaning your mat regularly will ensure that your rug is disinfected and allow it to last longer.
Things you should not do with your lululemon mat
- Never expose it to direct sunlight. Never keep your Lululemon yoga mat out in the sun for a lengthy period. It only takes 10 to 20 minutes to eliminate microorganisms.
- Never use corrosive substances. On any yoga mat, avoid using strong chemicals. It isn’t necessary to eliminate germs, and plenty of natural alternatives on the market will suffice.
- Never use your shower mat in the shower. It is not necessary to get your yoga mat damp. Instead, find a vacuum cleaner or sweep it all away if it’s sandy. Wipe it down with a moist towel to remove the mud and dirt if it’s dirty.
- Never use a carpet cleaner on your carpet. Likewise, on a yoga mat, never use a carpet cleaner. These chemicals are unnecessary and will harm the surface of your yoga mat over time.
- Never, ever use a towel. Wiping your yoga mat with a towel is unnecessary and frequently ineffective. Also, if you use the same towel you used in yoga class, you may be transmitting bacteria to your yoga mat, which isn’t helping the situation.
So, Cleaning your Yoga mat is a piece of cake. Anybody can do it! Just make sure it completely dries after cleaning.
It can prevent bacteria from growing on your yoga mat and keep it in good condition for a long time. Then, grab a nice water bottle, a soft clean cloth and follow the simple steps above!