Its true, yoga mats can smell, both when you buy a new mat or later if your mat has been used a lot. In the guide below we explain why and share some tips on getting rid of that new or old mat smell.
Why Do Old Yoga Mats Smell?
The smell of an old yoga mat is caused by a build-up of sweat, dirt, and bacteria.
Over time, these can create a strong odor that may be unpleasant for some people. This is especially true if the mat isn't cleaned often or stored properly. To prevent this smell from developing, it's important to regularly clean and store your yoga mat in a dry place away from direct sunlight.
Why Do New Yoga Mats Smell?
When your new yoga mat arrives, you may notice that it has a distinct smell - and this is completely normal.
Most yoga mats are made from synthetic materials like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can be treated with chemicals to make them more durable and water-resistant. These chemicals are what give the mat its unique smell, which should dissipate within a few days of unrolling the mat and airing it out.
To help speed up the process, you can spray your new yoga mat with a mixture of 50% water and 50% vinegar or place it in direct sunlight for several hours.
If the smell persists despite these efforts, then you may want to try washing the mat with mild detergent or contacting the manufacturer for further advice. Regardless, your yoga mat should be ready to use within a few days of unrolling it.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your yoga mat is essential for keeping it in good condition.
Here are some tips on how to make your yoga mat not smell:
• Clean your yoga mat after every practice (or at least once a week). Use warm water and mild dish soap or an all-natural cleaner made specifically for yoga mats. Make sure to rinse both sides of the mat with water until there is no soap residue left behind.
• Once you have finished washing, hang up or drape the wet mat over a railing or clothesline to dry in fresh air, away from direct heat sources like radiators or sunny windows. Do not place the yoga mat flat on any surface as this can cause bacteria and mildew.
• Once the mat is dry, use a yoga mat cleaner spray or essential oils to give your mat an added layer of protection and fresh scent. If you choose to use essential oils, make sure that they are not too strong as this can cause skin irritation and discomfort during practice. Wipe down the entire surface of your mat with either one of these options.
• To keep your yoga mat from getting smelly between practices, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use. Also try sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda on both sides of the mat for extra absorbency and odor control. Remember to brush off any residue before you begin your next practice.
Following these tips will help keep your yoga mat clean, fresh and odor free! Enjoy your practice!