-If your mat is lightly soiled, apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap and rub the soiled areas. Rinse mat with clean water and hang to dry.
-Or use a tsp. of baking soda to about two cups of warm water and rub soiled areas. Rinse mat with clean water and hang to dry.
Stinky/Spots have become a part of the mat
Give your mat a bath!
-Add a few drops of mild detergent to a bath of cool or warm water. Submerge your mat and scrub with a cloth or sponge. Then, rinse the mat well (to avoid a slippery mat post-wash) and remove it from the tub. To get rid of excess moisture and speed the drying process, place a towel on each side of your mat and roll it up. Then dry your mat by hanging it over the tub, a clothesline, or we have found that the railings on a fire escape work wonders!
The Ultimate Stank/Not even close to the original color
-One final method for dealing with a dirty mat is to throw it into the washing machine on the gentle cycle with a little detergent and cold water. (not recommended for Manduka mats). Sangha tip: If you wash your mat at a Laundromat, make sure to bring a plastic bag with you to transport home because it will be soaked with water!
Then, dry your mat by rolling it with a towel or two as mentioned above, and let it rest overnight. In the morning, unroll your mat and hang it to finish drying.
-To clean your Manduka mat… Create a solution of 50% water and 50% organic cider vinegar solution, spray on your mat and wipe with cloth or sponge.
If you still can’t get rid of the scent or discoloration it’s time for a new mat.