Sustainably Refreshing: The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Cork Yoga Mat
April 06, 2023

Sustainably Refreshing: The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Cork Yoga Mat

The cork oak tree (Quercus Suber) is a sustainable resource for cork, offering numerous applications in our everyday activities. These include wine bottle closures, stylish items, insulation products, and yoga mats and blocks. Tree's bark is harvested in a specific manner which preserves the tree.

Cork mats have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, making them an excellent choice for those who practice yoga regularly. However, to keep your cork yoga mat in top condition, it's essential to know how to clean and maintain it properly.

How to Clean a Cork Yoga Mat

Many yoga practitioners who use cork yoga mats opt for a straightforward cleaning method involving a warm, damp cloth, which is entirely acceptable. Nevertheless, if you're looking to thoroughly cleanse your mat, we've got you covered with a three-step guide on effectively cleaning your yoga mat. Let's dive in!

1. Formulate a do-it-yourself (DIY) spray for cleaning yoga mats naturally

To eliminate any bacteria potentially present on your yoga mat, an antibacterial spray is necessary. However, we advise against using a variety of chemicals for this purpose. Many household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can damage the mat by removing the top layer. These chemicals can also cause your yoga mat to lose its grip, leading to slips and slides during your practice. Additionally, you wouldn't want these harmful substances to be absorbed into your body from the mat! That's why we recommend opting for a natural solution. Here's a guide on creating a natural cork yoga mat cleaning spray:

  1. Fill a spray bottle to  around 3/4th mark with clean water to.
  2. Add either white vinegar or witch hazel. (Keep in mind that the scent of vinegar is stronger than that of witch hazel).
  3. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite aromatic oils based on the strength of the aroma you desire. Some excellent choices include lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemongrass. Combine them to create a pleasantly scented, all-natural cleaner for your mat.
  4. After adding all the ingredients, close the spray bottle and shake to mix.

2. Apply your fresh cleaning solution to the mat 

Spray the cleaner on mat and leave it for a short time for areas with more dirt. If your mat is not too dirty, there is no need to wait, but you can do so to ensure that the cleaner works as intended. Always spray the product evenly over your mat to guarantee that all areas are clean.

3. Thoroughly clean your mat

Clean your whole mat thoroughly with a moist fabric (ensure it's a soft fiber material and not overly rough). Pay special attention to the sections that frequently come into contact with your body, removing any surplus grime or particles. After cleaning the mat, wait until it is dry before rolling it up for storage. Making sure it is dry before putting it away will assist in preventing the growth of mold and mildew.

Common mistakes to avoid when cleaning and maintaining your cork yoga mat

1. Don't use harsh chemicals or bleach on your mat, as they can damage the surface.

2. Don't use washing machine or dryer to clean your mat, as it can damage the cork.

3. Don't leave your mat in direct sunlight or heat for an extended period, as it can dry out and crack the cork.

4. Don't roll your mat too tightly, as it can cause permanent creases and damage the surface.

How to store your cork yoga mat

1. Roll your mat loosely with the cork side facing out.
2. Avoid storing your mat in a damp or humid place
3. Store your mat in a place without exposure to direct sunlight or heat.

Taking appropriate care and upkeep is essential for prolonging the lifespan of your cork yoga mat. Adhering to these suggestions will allow you to get the most out of your cork yoga mat for many years.


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