You know that feeling when you lay on your mat, possibly in child’s pose and you… well, you start to get a bit of a hint that something’s not right. Perhaps your mat? Maybe the crop top you’re wearing? Heaven forbid it’s your towel??! Fear not if it’s your favourite pair of Lululemon duds or your skidless towel. We’ve got the low-down as the hot yoga professionals on how to revive and re-instate these much-loved (and often costly to replace) items.
Saving your Clothes & Skidless Yoga Towels:
Step 1: Wash your gear as normal to get rid of any sweat/grime/skin etc.
Step 2: Fill a large bucket or the laundry sink with water and tip in about 250mL of Apple Cider Vinegar. It seems a lot – but this is the magic formula for success…. Stir and put gear in.
Step 3: Leave overnight to soak. You’ll love waking to the aroma of Apple Cider Vinegar through the house – you’ll feel cleaner straight away.
Step 4: Wash gear in your washing machine in the normal manner again.
Step 5: Hang wet gear in a well ventilated and if possible, sunny position. (Sun is excellent for killing off any other residual bugs.) Don’t leave it out in the elements too long – it may fade.
Saving your Mat:
The process here is going to depend on the type of mat you have. Some mats go into the machine OK, others not so much.
Recommended for Jivana/all-in-one type mats:
Step 1: Wash your mat in the washing machine using your usual detergent. (Cold – Warm, never hot)
Step 2: Half-fill the bathtub with water and tip in about 500mL of Apple Cider Vinegar. Place mat in bath.
Step 3: Leave to soak 2-3 hours.
Step 4: Re-wash mat in your washing machine in the normal manner again.
Step 5: Hang mat in a well ventilated and if possible, sunny position straight away. (Sun is excellent for killing off any other residual bugs.) Don’t leave it out in the elements too long – a little while is fine but some mat manufacturers don’t recommend any sun exposure. If you’re worried about that, check the washing instructions. Personally, I’ve never had a mat degrade under sunlight exposure for a few hours. I like the benefit it provides.
Recommended for Premium/‘Quick Dry’ or TPE Style mats:
Step 1: These can often go into a normal wash cycle as well. WARNING: They can get a bit ‘chewed’ up in the spin cycle if it ends up in the wrong position. It’s rare but does happen. Wash your mat in the washing machine – use a little detergent. (Cold – Warm, never hot)
Step 2: Quarter-fill the bathtub with water and tip in approximately 10-20mL each of Eucalyptus and Tea-tree oil. Place mat in bath.
Step 3: Agitate the mat around in the mix for 5 minutes or so.
Step 4: Hang mat in a well ventilated and if possible, sunny position straight away. Don’t leave it out in the elements too long – a little while is fine but some mat manufacturers don’t recommend any sun exposure. If you’re worried about that, check the washing instructions.
Recommended for the cheaper Vinyl Type Mats: (aka Beginner Mats/Kmart cheapies etc)
Step 1 – 4: Follow recommendations above BUT beware Vinyl mats often become porous and start to soak in water. The means they are also starting to hold onto your sweat from class and will become smelly and gross pretty quickly.
If you suspect your mat has become porous (usually feels a bit damp when you first start class and you’re not even sweaty yet), it’s time to chuck it out and get a new mat. If you’ve practised long enough to make it ‘gooey’ spend the extra on TPE or Jivana Mats – they last for years and are well worth it.
Recommended for Thick, Camping Mat Style:
Step 1: Throw in Bin.
That thing will be nasty! They are porous from day 1 and become a massive sponge of sweaty stinky bugs!!! Treat yourself to a real yoga mat… savasana is not really for snooze time!
I hope this helps you rescue and rejuvenate your gear for the year. If you have any questions, be sure that all the Elemental Teachers have had to deal with this issue before. Ask us for our best tips and tricks to get the most out of your gear and make your workout more enjoyable.
Elemental – Fresh is Best!
~Dr Linda 🙂
You can purchase your Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in-studio!