III. How to Clean Lululemon Yoga Mats
As mentioned above, Lululemon yoga mats are made by special materials that require you to clean them following unique methods. It is advisable for you to clean your mat instantly after use, which makes your cleaning job easier as sweats and moisture can not seep into the mat in a short period of time. Apart from the regular cleaning, Speck suggests you to clean your mat thoroughly twice a month with the following approaches to better protect yourself from fungi and bacteria.
Method 1: Cleaning with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Materials You Need:
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
Step 1: Fetch 1 teaspoon of pure baking soda and put it into the bowl.
Step 2: Add 5-10 drops of fresh lemon juice into the bowl.
Step 3: When bubbles appear, put a cup of water into the bowl and mix the solution thoroughly.
Step 4: Let the solution sit for 2 minutes before cleaning.
Step 5: Dip the washcloth in the home-made solution and use the wet washcloth to wipe/scrub the mat.
Step 6: Allow the Lululemon yoga mat rest for 5 minutes before rinsing the mat with warm water.
Step 7: Dry the mat in the shade.
Step 8: Clean the above used materials for future use.
Make sure you carry out these steps in a fixed order, which is very important. The pure baking soda offers a soft abrasion while the lemon juice, an acid liquid, is capable of removing stains, bacteria and fungi. This method is comparatively economic and you can find these materials in your kitchen or your local shops.
Method 2: Cleaning with Essential Oils
Essential oils have been widely adopted in our daily life. When we cook or pursue relaxation, we can turn to this magic oils. As you may have not expected, essential oils can also be applied to the cleaning of Lululemon yoga mats. Speck recommends you to pick up lavender oil or peppermint oil that smell good and boast agreeable antibacterial capability.
Materials You Need:
- Lavender oil or peppermint oil
- Spray bottle
Step 1: Take a cup of water and pour it into the bowl.
Step 2: Add several drops of essential oils into the bowl. If it is a tough cleaning, use a teaspoon to fetch more oils.
Step 3: Mix water and the essential oils thoroughly.
Step 4: Dip the washcloth in the solution before wiping the mat softly. A spray bottle would be better. So if you have one, fill it with the solution and spray it to the mat as evenly as you can.
Step 5: Let the mat rest for 5 to 10 minutes and wash it with warm water.
Step 6: Spread the mat in a well-ventilated space that avoids direct sunlight and wait for it to dry.
Step 7: Clean the above used materials for future use.
Lavender oils can make the solution fresh while peppermint oils are good at eliminating germs and stains. But if you do not like the fragrance of peppermint oils and lavender oils, you can replace them with lemongrass oils or tea tree oils. They all have pretty good cleaning properties. It is also allowable that you mix several essential oils into one if you can make a good one with appealing fragrance.
It should be noted that while using the spray bottle, do not spray the solution onto the floor, which may make the floor slippery and you have to do extra cleaning. To avoid this from happening, you can hold the spray bottle close to the mat (about 2 to 3 inches away) and spray the solution to it carefully.
Method 3: Cleaning with Soap and Water
When your mat has stains or gives off unpleasant odors, cleaning it with soap and water is the simplest as well as the cheapest way. You can find these materials in your kitchen.
Materials You Need:
Step 1: Prepare a washbasin and pour warm water into it.
Step 2: Fetch a part of a soap and put it into the water.
Step 3: When the soap is completely dissolved in the water, immerse a washcloth into it for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Use the wet washcloth with soap water to wipe the mat.
Step 5: When stains and odors are gone, rinse the mat thoroughly.
Step 6: Dry the mat in the shade.
If you have a large tub at home, you can also fill the tub with soap water and immerse the mat in it for half an hour, which may consume more water yet has better cleaning performance!
Method 4: Cleaning with Ready-made Cleaning Solutions
You may wonder that there are so many cleaning solutions in the market that sell like hot cakes. “Can I just buy one of them to clean my Lululemon yoga mat?” Of course, you can buy ready-made cleaning solutions in your local shops. A really good method, isn’t?
If you choose the Method 4, Speck suggests you to read the ingredients of cleaning solutions before buying them in case of terrible allergy or bad elements that are harmful to your health. And you are supposed to clean the mat according to the guide offered by the cleaning solution.