The last time you rested on your mat in Balasana, or child's pose, did you find yourself thinking your mat is kind of, well, smelly? The smell and the dirt on our mats are a sign of a slightly larger problem looming - bacteria. Here are 2 recommended ways to keep your mat clean, sticky and healthy:
1. Wash your mat in a front loading washer, on its own, with a tiny amount of detergent in cold water on a gentle cycle with no spin. When finished, roll the mat in a large clean towel to absorb excess water, and hang it to air dry. Make sure it's completely dry before rolling it up. If you don't have a front load washer, follow the above steps but use your bathtub in place of the washer.
2. Lightly spray your mat with a combination of equal parts water and white or apple cider vinegar. You can add a drop or two of essential oil, but not so much that your mat will become slippery. Make sure to wipe and dry the mat with a towel after spraying. Vinegar might damage some mats so I suggest testing this on a small corner first.
Common sense basic - unroll and air dry your mat after each class.