How I Clean My Lululemon Yoga Mat

How I Clean My Lululemon Yoga Mat After Sweaty Hot Yoga Sessions

As a hot yoga enthusiast, my Lululemon yoga mat is my most prized possession. I use it for intense Bikram and vinyasa sessions 3-4 times per week. With all that sweat and use, it’s crucial I learn how to clean Lululemon yoga mat properly so it lasts.

Through trial and error using various DIY concoctions and methods found online, I’ve dialed in an easy routine to make my mat look and perform like new. Whether you practice hot yoga, want to revive an old mat, or prep a new one, use these tips to extend the life of your Lululemon mat.

My Favorite Cleaning Solution for Lululemon Mats

I used to use cleansing wipes between yoga sessions, but they left behind sticky residue. For a deeper clean, I created an effective spray solution.

Here’s my all-natural, budget-friendly formula for cleaning Lululemon mats:

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 4 parts water
  • 8-10 drops essential oil (optional)

To clean a Lululemon yoga mat:

  1. Pour solution into spray bottle
  2. Mist over entire mat surface
  3. Wipe clean with a soft cloth
  4. Allow to completely air dry

The vinegar disinfects, cuts through sticky grime, and removes odors. It’s safe for rubber mats and economical.

I add lavender or tea tree oil sometimes for extra antimicrobial and scent benefits. Both pair nicely with the light vinegar aroma.

This versatile solution works wonders to clean mats after hot yoga or intense sessions when I sweat a lot. But Lululemon mats can handle more, so read on for other options.

3 More Methods to Deep Clean Lululemon Mats

While my vinegar spray keeps my Lululemon mat fresh between uses, more thorough seasonally cleaning is needed to prevent deterioration and keep the mat gripping my hands/feet.

Here are a few additional ways I deep clean my mat every 2-3 months:

1. Tea Tree Oil Disinfectant Spray

For extra germ-busting and antibacterial power, I use an essential oil spray. My recipe includes:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 tsp tea tree essential oil

The natural solvents in vinegar dissolve sticky, oily residues. Tea tree oil naturally kills odor-causing bacteria and yeasts. I use this spray to thoroughly clean my mat and refresh the grip.

Follow the same directions by misting over the entire mat and wiping clean with a soft cloth. Allow to completely air dry before rolling up.

2. Baking Soda Scrub with Lemon

When my mat needs some scrubbing action, baking soda and lemon do the job. The gritty texture of baking soda lifts dirt from the rubber surface while lemon cuts grease and brings back the bright color.

My scrubbing spray contains:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 Tbsp baking soda
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Spray the solution liberally over the surface. Allow it to bubble and penetrate dirt for 10 minutes then scrub clean with a soft bristle brush. Rinse with a vinegar/water mix to neutralize any soap residue. Wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.

3. Mild Dish Soap and Water

For a simple mat refresh, sudsy water often does the trick. I mix a few pumps of natural dish soap into warm water. Using a soft cloth, I gently wipe down the entire mat until the water runs clear.

I take care to rinse thoroughly with clean water to avoid leaving any soap scum behind. Fully air dry my Lululemon mat before rolling up to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Pro Tips:

  • Check the care tag on your Lululemon mat for any special washing instructions
  • Spot test cleaners on a small area first
  • Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage the rubber
  • Don’t submerge or put in washing machine
  • Dry thoroughly before storage

Why It’s Important to Clean Lululemon Mats

With sweat, dirt, makeup, and oils transferring onto your mat through regular yoga use, it’s critical to clean Lululemon mats properly. Here’s why:

  • Prevent bacteria buildup: Sweat, dirt, and moisture breed bacteria like staph and fungi. Cleaning inhibits growth to protect your health.
  • Prolong mat lifespan: Letting oils, makeup, and salt crystals remain can gradually break down the mat material and make it brittle.
  • Retain grip: Soap residue, moisture, and oils lead to a slippery mat. Cleaning helps the rubber maintain tackiness.
  • Avoid odors: Sweat causes stench if left in the mat. Cleaning removes trapped odor-causing bacteria.

Pay special attention to cleaning instructions for Lululemon’s custom antimicrobial mat technology. The top layer inhibits bacterial growth, so beware of harsh soaps that could wash this away.

Lululemon Mat Features That Impact Cleaning Effectiveness

Choosing the best cleaners and methods depends partly on the specific Lululemon yoga mat you own. Here’s what makes their mats unique:

  • Proprietary Polygiene® treatment: This antimicrobial layer on top resists odor, bacteria, and other contaminants. Use mild cleaners to avoid stripping.
  • “Grippy” texture: Lululemon laser engraves the mat for better traction with bare feet and hands, even when wet with sweat. Aggressive scrubbing can smooth this out so handle gently.
  • Natural rubber construction: Made of sustainable, biodegradable natural tree rubber without toxic chemicals like PVC or phthalates. Use non-toxic cleaners safe for rubber.
  • Fabric top layer (some models): More expensive designs feature a quick-drying microfiber fabric top that’s machine washable. Check care tag before washing.

Bottom Line: Read all care instructions for your exact Lululemon model before cleaning to avoid possible damage.

Top Tips to Prolong Your Mat’s Lifespan

With basic care and my cleaning tips, a quality Lululemon mat should last 5+ years. Here are my pro tips for making it go the distance:

  • Clean mat after every single sweat session
  • Wash hands before yoga to keep oils/dirt off the mat
  • Avoid soaking in pools, lakes, etc (chlorine ruins rubber)
  • Don’t dry in direct sunlight or high heat
  • Prevent contact with skin/hair products during practice
  • Touch up cleaned areas with vinegar between washes
  • Hang vertically to dry to avoid mildew
  • Invest in a non-slip mat towel to protect yoga mats

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re wondering whether all that lemon and vinegar will ruin your expensive mat, here are answers to common questions about cleaning Lululemon mats:

Can you use Clorox or Lysol wipes on Lululemon mats?

No, avoid these commercial wipes even if they claim to be safe for yoga mats. The alcohol and fragrances often leave sticky residue and may degrade the rubber over time with repeated use.

Can you use the same natural cleaning solutions on generic rubber mats?

Yes, the DIY solutions I use work beautifully to clean all types of standard rubber yoga mats. Just avoid such harsh treatments on low-quality foam mats, which tend to fall apart easier.

What ingredients should you avoid?

Steer clear of bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and any acids beyond my recommendation of gentle apple cider or white vinegar. These can discolor, dissolve the printing, and weaken Lululemon mats.

Is it OK to wash Lululemon mats in the washing machine?

I don’t recommend machine washing most styles beyond a delicate cold cycle with mild detergent and air dry since they absorb so much water. However, some high-end hybrid fabric mat options are made to be machine washed – check your model’s instructions.

How can you re-grip an older Lululemon yoga mat?

If your mat loses its tacky grip over a few years, try gently scuffing the texture with fine sandpaper. Then spray with vinegar and scrub with a soft brush to get into all the crevices. This removes the smooth glaze of dirt that makes it slippery.

For more details on properly caring for your yoga equipment, visit Lululemon’s blog or contact their helpful customer service team. With some basic TLC, your mat should perform beautifully class after sweaty hot class.

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