Over 36 million people participate in the health-driven practice of yoga. While there are many different ways this multitude of people pursues yoga – a difference that has yielded a lot of really cool products – one thing remains universal. That is, the need to keep whatever your yoga equipment clean. Fortunately, keeping things clean isn’t tough to do.
The Importance of Clean Equipment
Like anything that can be touched by a wide swath of humanity, yoga equipment – yoga mats – can be a potential haven for germs, bacteria, and viruses. These unwanted guests thrive in areas or items that collect sweat. What’s worse, is that they can manifest into infectious ailments like ringworm.
Keeping your equipment clean is your first line of defense against these kinds of issues. But the importance of cleanliness can transcend just hygiene. If you’re using shared equipment, cleaning up after yourself is the right thing to do. You wouldn’t want to come into contact with a sweaty mat – why would you think others would?
How to Clean Equipment
If you’re cleaning a yoga mat, you want to be gentle about things. Yoga mats are delicate and subjecting them through a washer/dryer cycle may end up wrecking their material. Your best bet here is to carefully wash the yoga mat by hand.
When you do, you should make sure you are cleaning materials that are eco-friendly, ethical, and cruelty-free. There are cleansing sprays and wipes on the market that utilize essential oils from items like lavender, tangerine, and peppermint that naturally disinfect. These items will not only clean your equipment, but they’ll also clean your conscience because you’re using something that doesn’t have adverse effects on the environment.
Washing Yoga Clothes
Much like yoga mats, yoga clothes are delicate and should be cleaned very carefully. Always wash your yoga clothes in cold water and allow them to line or hang dry – the heat of a dryer is too much for them to handle. Also, you should wash your yoga clothes in a special load apart from your other clothing. Because yoga clothes are typically made from synthetic materials, they act like a magnet for the lint that may be generated from cotton T-shirts and towels.
Following these guidelines will add longevity to your yoga gear, which ultimately will save you money in the long term. More importantly, they will serve to protect you from infection and other nasty ailments – not to mention others. Ultimately, they work to ensure that you can have the most enjoyable yoga experience possible.
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