One can expect his/her yoga mat to get dirty after practicing on it from session to session. Therefore, it would be a pretty good idea to get your yoga mat cleaned on a regular basis. In fact, it is not by any means difficult. Here are some tips that can assist you in cleaning your yoga mat.
If you intend to clean your mats on a regular basis, then using a water spray and wet cloth would be ideal in maintaining it. First, spray the mat then wipe it with a damp cloth. This way, the dust can be easily removed. This method is actually a good follow up for the next method.
It is possible to wash your yoga mat in detergent. Ideally, soak it for between 30 to 45 minutes. Then, wash it to remove all the accumulated dust and dirt. Ensure that you use a sufficient amount of detergent to get rid of the dirt and smell (if any). After you are done washing the mat, make sure that you dry it thoroughly before using it again.
Most people might not be aware of this, but many yoga mats are actually compatible with the washing machine. However, it is not recommended to use this washing method on a regular basis. First, soak your mat with a little detergent for awhile before placing it in the machine. After the machine is done washing, rinse your mat with clean water. For the drying part, place it in the sun to let it naturally dry off. Do not use the speed dryer as it can damage your mat.
Another washing method you can try is by using a brush or a scrub. Although it may be quite a tedious task, it is actually one of the best ways to get your mats clean. All you have to do is to rub your mat thoroughly till all the dust and dirt is off it. This requires significant amount of effort and strength. It is not necessarily as easy as it seems. If you intend to use this method, you have to do it every once a week.
Lastly, you can make use of good liquid cleaners. This liquid based cleaners should be sprayed directly onto your mat. Then, brush and rinse your mat before allowing it to dry naturally.